Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day December 2012

Helleborus niger 'HGC Jacob' flower

Helleborus niger ‘HGC Jacob’ flower

It’s GBBD again!  Time to seek out the flowers around Ball Rd and see what we can share with others.  Probably the standout right now are two Christmas roses, ‘HGC Jacob’.  Both plants are fully in flower and have lots of buds coming.

Helleborus niger 'HGC Jacob'

Helleborus niger ‘HGC Jacob’

They don’t seem to mind the cold — we’ve had frost the last few nights — but the flowers do look a little shopworn if you examine them closely.

What I find still remarkable is the double pink Camellia that is so far ahead of its Camellia japonica brethren.

Double Pink Camellia

Double Pink Camellia

It just keeps on putting out flowers that we bring into the house and leave on the table in small bowls.

At the same time, across the yard our red Camellia sasanqua just never stops flowering at all and they have less of a tendency to get frosted off than the japonica.

Red Camellia sasanqua bud

Red Camellia sasanqua bud

In the Camellia bed we also have a little patch of Primula kisoanna that is putting up flowers already.

Primula kisoana

Primula kisoana

This is a rather pretty little thug and I have to decide what to do with its spreading habit this year.

Over near the driveway one of the Creeping Phlox got the wrong memo about springtime.

Creeping Phlox 'Candy Stripe' (Phlox subulata)

Creeping Phlox ‘Candy Stripe’ (Phlox subulata)

Another plant pushing the boundaries of lust for springtime is the red Flowering Quince.

Red Flowering Quince (Chaemoneles)

Red Flowering Quince (Chaemoneles)

This is not so surprising since two warm days in a row usually brings the quince into flower.

Not so many flowers otherwise in the yard, but in the greenhouse…

Well a few anyway, since we’re just getting started.

White-Pink Bougainvillea

White-Pink Bougainvillea

The two Bougainvillea are both flowering and budding up a storm at the same time.

Another tropical in bloom is the Mandevilla which Beth bought as large potted plant this year.

Mandevilla

Mandevilla

It is loving the California weather in the greenhouse.  I’m basically keeping the greenhouse at about 40 degrees minimum with an artificial rainstorm every 4 days.  Seems to be working out fine so far.

Greenhouse panorama

Greenhouse panorama

I wish the greenhouse were as big as this distorted iPhone view implies but it gives you some idea of what’s going on. More seedlings started every day…

 

 

 

 

One comment on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day December 2012

  1. Les

    No japonicas blooming here, but the sasanquas are having a stellar season. I love the view from your greenhouse, even if it is distorted.