Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for December

Red-flowered Camellia sansanqua

Red-flowered Camellia sasanqua

Well for over a month now this little red-flowered Camellia sasanqua has been blooming its little heart out for us.  And as of this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day this the one and only fully legitimate flower we have to report.  One gold star for the Fall-flowering Camellias.  The lovely little (and I stress little) Camellia Japonica that we had flowering last month has had all it’s branches chewed off by deer.  We’ve had temperatures down to near 20 degrees and most flowers that were hanging on until the beginning of the month have gone South for the Winter.  We do have a few plants that are volunteering buds that might be ready to pop if we get so much as short warm spell.

Red Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles japonica)

Red Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles japonica)

This Quince has already flowered once this Winter and is just aching to flower again.

Daphne odora 'aureomarginata' in bud

Daphne odora 'aureomarginata' in bud

The Daphne has the virtue that it hangs around all Winter looking as though it’s ready to pop into bloom and although it will bloom early it usually waits its turn till early Spring.  The foliage looks great almost all the time though and provides an nice backdrop to the flowers and buds.

Inside the house however we are blessed not only be the beautiful Cattleya that I posted about earlier this month but an Amazon Lily that is having a banner year.  Last year it pushed up a single flower stalk in January.  This year,in honor of the kids coming early for Christmas it is in full flower.

Amazon Lily flower clusters

Amazon Lily flower clusters

This is a good-sized plant that prospers under a regimen of all Winter in the well-lit living room and Summer on the shady deck.  It usually flowers twice a year but this year we’ve hit the jackpot.

Amazon lily (Eucharis x grandiflora) from below

Amazon lily (Eucharis x grandiflora) from below

The flowers last for a month and at the end you have to put up with beautiful glossy foliage — what is there not to like? Especially on a cold and wintry Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.  🙂

3 comments on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for December

  1. jo

    Nice.

  2. Noelle (azplantlady)

    As always, I enjoy your photography very much. I love the little Quince bud ready to bloom.

  3. Les

    That lily is spectacular, quite the bloom for the holidays.