Thursday, December 15, 2016

Garden Blogger Bloom Day December 2016

There are still plenty of blooms here in my Central California garden...roses, lavender, begonias (in their winter home in the nano-greenhouse), solanum, abutilon, and cannas continue to brighten the cloudy and, as of today in a big way, rainy days. But this may be the week that everything changes. 

Gomphrena Tiny Buttons is continuing to bloom although its leaves have begun to turn purple from the cold.

Cherry tomato with no hope of actually producing more tomatoes but apparently unwilling to quit blooming. All the tomatoes have been picked and are under a towel with a banana...a ripening technique that has worked well for me in the past. 

Peas are blooming and ripening well. Hopefully there will be some for Christmas!

Salvia Limelight playing host to a syrphid fly.

Salvia Wendy's Wish is another salvia that laughs at the chilly weather. I may need to protect it later this week, though, when nighttime freezing temperatures are predicted.

Loropetalum Sizzling Pink is a pretty winter bloomer.

Passalong bearded iris with that wonderful grape scent!  It is always an early bloomer (although not this early) but I think is going to be in for a shock on Saturday night. 

All in all a good Garden Blogger Bloom Day! For more Bloom Day posts visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens and follow the links to blooms around the world.