Well Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day was particularly cold and wintry in Frederick. Not a whole lot going on outside but I was busy getting my seed exchange order in with the North American Rock Garden Society. By the end of the day even the Camellia was looking more distressed. So my better half brought some buds into the house where they have opened up very nicely.
Outside there were just a few spots of color. The Cascade Wallflower continued bravely on through the snow.
Everyone should grow this plant if they want to have flowers year-round.
The first of the Hellebores (niger) is putting buds out but still no flowers.
And back by the greenhouse, in the alpine bed, the Lithodora continues to show blue flowers.
In the greenhouse itself the Oxalis are still in bloom but they don’t open on a cloudy day. I did go out with sunshine this morning and found another of the Moraeas flowering.
They don’t last long but they keep flowering in succession.
The Daubyena, on the other hand, lasts for 3-4 weeks.
And the second of the early Narcissus is coming into bloom.
You can see the additional buds coming. These usually end up in the house when they are fully open.
All I can say is thank goodness for the greenhouse when the winter presses in. Let me close with one of those plants that contributes to the outside landscape even without flowers.
This little alpine shares it’s red and green foliage through the wintertime and then delivers wonderful yellow flowers in April. Who could ask for more?
A New Flower for December
I have been growing Oxalis palmifrons since 2013 without a hint of a flower to be seen. This year, upon my return from Thanksgiving in Boston, I was surprised and happy to see the first buds on the little Oxalis palmifrons (obtained from Plant Delights).
You may remember that Oxalis palmifrons has these delightful little palm-like leaves, and the flowers are just a marvelous bonus!
In the greenhouse there are still more Oxalis in bloom.
And the Daubenya that blooms very reliably for Thanksgiving.
I remember first seeing it at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden over a Thansgiving holiday.
Also in bloom from the greenhouse (though I’ve brought it into the house to enjoy) is the first of the small Narcissus for this year.
I actually counted 24 blooms in the pot tonight.
In the house for the winter time is the Amazon Lily. Characteristically this one flowers every thanksgiving holiday in celebration of the fact that it belonged to Beth’s mother who always used to prepare the thanksgiving meal for the family. And it flowers again outside in July. This year it seemed to outdo itself with flowers which carried a wonderful fragrance we had not noticed before.
Bear in mind that this plant has been in the same pot for about 30 years with only occasional watering.
Something funny happened on the way to the greenhouse to take some of these pictures. Despite the fact that we have been down to 20 degrees in mid-November, the subsequent weather has only hovered around freezing for the lows. I noticed a very spritely little wallflower in bloom.
And then the first of our nominally spring-blooming camellias.
How’s that for the beginning of December in Maryland…:)