Well for this December’s Garden Blogger Bloom Day you would be hard put to find any indication that winter intends to show its face. Not only is the red Japanese Quince fully in bloom but the bees are all out to take advantage. I watched them collecting pollen this afternoon and they went mostly into the closed buds. My guess is that there were so many bees around that they had already cleaned out the open flowers.
There are many other plants that are pushing the season. The Christmas Rose continues to flower up a storm…
And the two early flowering Camellia japonicas are also putting out new flowers every day.
The first snowdrop is fully open at this point.
And the Pineapple Sage continues to hang on with its brilliant red blossoms.
In addition there is a Calendula that won’t give up on the season.
Rather more remarkable right now is the Spirea thunbergii ‘Ogon’ which is showing both lovely rust colored fall leaves combined with the white flowers of spring.
The first flowers on the aubretia in the alpine bed are also coming out now.
In the greenhouse the little hoop daffodils have been coming out.
I think I definitely need to divide the bulbs in this pot next year.
I’ll close with the third pot of Daubenya stylosa that has flowered this year.
It will be interesting to see what this warm start to the winter portends for January and February…
What if Winter Never Came…
So far this December is looking more like October. We have yet to experience a real killing frost and many things are still flowering that should definitely be dormant by now, including the lovely gentian pictured above. Two of the Camellia japonicas are in full flower.
Not surprisingly, the usual harbingers of spring are in flower, both the snowdrops and helleborus niger are blooming.
Nevertheless, I pretended winter was coming and planted another 200 daffodils in anticipation that spring will come with all it’s profusion next March.
From the greenhouse we have freesias and daffodils right now, but I wanted to close with this pretty amaryllis relative
The flowers are a wonderful pastel with an almost waxy texture. I enjoy exploring all the bulbs that come by way of the Pacific Bulb Society‘s exchange program.