Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day December 2013

Oxalis bowiei

Oxalis bowiei

Well, here I am a day late and dollar short.  We’ve had a lot of winter cold going around here, both in our bodies and outside so I just totally blitzed out on Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day yesterday.  It’s compounded by the state of the outdoors which is very wintery and anything but flower-filled.

Dwarf Mugo Pine and the world outside

Dwarf Mugo Pine and the world outside

Many of our early bloomers are still buried in snow so I’ve no idea what they are doing for prepping for spring.  We did pick a Japanese Quince for forcing and it certainly was far enough along to blossom.

Japanese Quince (forced)

Japanese Quince (forced)

But the general state of the outdoors has fewer flowers than I ever remember for this time of year.  Even the reliable red fall camellia has a only a few scatter flowers well hidden on the inside of the bush at the moment.

Red Camellia sasanqua still in blossom

Red Camellia sasanqua still in blossom

The Pink double-flowered Camellia japonica has tried to flower unsuccessfully.

Pink Camellia trying to bloom

Pink Camellia trying to bloom

Things like the Witch Hazel and Edgeworthia seem to be a long way from flowering.

Edgeworthia in bud

Edgeworthia in bud

In the greenhouse the oxalis are still putting on a pretty show with a single Narcissus helping them out.

Oxalis purpurea 'Skar'

Oxalis purpurea ‘Skar’

Oxalis luteola

Oxalis luteola

Oxalis purpurea 'Cherry'

Oxalis purpurea ‘Cherry’

Oxalis adenodes

Oxalis adenodes

Oxalis versacolor

Oxalis versacolor

Narcissus cantabricus 'Silver Palace'

Narcissus cantabricus ‘Silver Palace’

There is even a leftover lantana which contributing to the blooms in the greenhouse.

Lantana

Lantana

Well, that’s it until we get some kind of thaw.  Every year it’s a different story for the wintertime…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 comments on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day December 2013

  1. Lea

    I never knew Oxalis came in so many pretty colors!\
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day! even if it is one day late
    Have a wonderful week!
    Lea

  2. Carolyn

    You have quite an oxalis collection, beautiful. The cold froze all my camellias and now I think the buds are frozen too. Not the best fall camellia season.

    1. jw

      I think Camellias will be the hardest hit, at least for the flowering, but time will tell.

  3. Casa Mariposa

    I love that you have a greenhouse to escape into. :o) Some of my plants stay green all winter, which seems irrelevant but it’s so wonderful to have at least a few pops of color in my dormant garden. Love the oxalis. I didn’t k now it came in so many colors, either.