Sunday, January 15, 2012
The Old Faithfuls Bloom On
I know I've said it before, but there are a few plants here that are almost year round bloomers. That is what I count on in January...that they hang in there until the spring ephemerals step in and take over. Rosa Flower Girl is one of the best of these...she blooms almost every month of the year. Even now, when many of the leaves have fallen off, there are several big clusters of the small flowers. I love her in winter...she is a very pretty pink. By summer, when the temperatures heat up, the flowers will be almost white.
This wax begonia, however, owes its blooms to the sheltered spot it is in. All the other begonias have died back and will not reappear until warm spring days temp them. Hmmm...maybe I will have to start moving the begonia pots under cover with the succulents.
Dwarf Carnation Evermore is exactly that...forevermore blooming. It is rare that there is not at least one bloom here, although of course it blooms more freely in warmer weather.
Those coffee grounds that I have used this year on Camellia sasanqua Kanjiro have been a huge success! This is the third month that there have been blooms on this plant...it seems to LOVE those coffee grounds!
A new bloom this month is the broccoli! I have not had much luck over the years growing broccoli. I have blamed snails and birds for eating the plants before but this year I realized the culprit was cabbage white caterpillars. I hauled out the BT and like magic...I have broccoli this year!
Viburnum tinus Spring Bouquet is just starting to bloom. This is the plant that I am hoping takes over as the main backdrop against the fence as I slowly eliminate the too fast growing privets. I hope some day to have much less pruning to do.
This miniature rose, a long ago gift with no tag, is still putting out one or two blooms at a time. And...
May Dreams Gardens to see what Carol, our Bloom Day leader has found in her garden and what others from around the world have posted for this January Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!