The Natural Garden Coach

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day - Dec 2008

A tad late for GBBD, I know. But it's been cold and dreary with inhospitable freezing rain. So spending any time outside right now is a chore. But here goes my rundown of what's managed to hang on bloom-wise.

Above, the intrepid rosemary, unknown variety. I haven't met a rosemary I didn't like, and this is one more proof of why. Through rain, sleet, snow, humidity, drought,...it never stops. And it blooms 3/4ths of the year!

And what about this pink geranium that sits outside in a pot all year long and never gets any protection from the freezes?

I love these little pansies - Imperial Antique Shades.

Lizard Lips aloe is blooming in the store room. It blooms constantly. Though they're small, they're very cute.



Though this isn't a bloom, I had to show off my one and only Meyer lemon that's about ready to eat. I repotted this tree last year so I think that's why I only had one lemon. The year before I had nine lemons at Christmas time so I made lemon marmalade as gifts. But in September, after all the rain we had from hurricanes, it put on a show of blooms and I once again have nine little lemons, about the size of little pecans right now.


I still have a few rose blooms. This is an unknown red variety, probably Cramoisi Superior or Louis Phillipe.


And this is the Fairy, a first year rose for me and so far, very hardy.

I was also going to post about the 6 foot tall bloom from my Pancake succulent. It's been blooming for months but it's so hard to take a picture of it. Maybe I'll try a post on it later.

13 comments:

  1. The roses are so pretty. And I love the Lizard Lips. I'm not familiar with it but it is very attractive.

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  2. I think a Meyer lemon should totally count on bloom day!! I don't have a Meyer yet. I must get one soon.

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  3. Lovely photos, cheered me up in dreary cold England! Thanks

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  4. Hi Jan, it is raining here too and your wet blooms look right at home here. I agree with you about the rosemary, never met one I didn't like. Love all your tough ones, like a geranium that just won't die and roses that keep on giving. We have fairy queen, a dark red/pink sport of the fairy, a blooming machine. Happy bloom day, even late, still a joy.
    Frances

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  5. Ooops, left out the *e*, Jean, not Jan!
    Frances

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  6. Oops, left out the *e*, Jean not Jan! Sorry,
    Frances

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  7. Oh for heaven's sake. When it rains it pours.

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  8. We all have those kinds of days Frances. :-)
    Thanks for everyone's comments!

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  9. Hi Jean.Thanks for visiting my blog and I appreciate your comments. I wish you much success in your new start and in looking at your blog, you've certainly hit the ground running. Look forward to reading more.
    Best regards,
    Joe Lamp'l

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  10. I like visiting these southern gardens on bloom day, reminds me that flowers are still blooming someplace!

    Thanks for joining in for bloom day.

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  11. Great Bloom Day post...now I must know this~~do meyer lemons taste better then the ones at the grocer? Friends rave about them all the time! Gail

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  12. Meyer lemons are much sweeter and thinner skinned than regular lemons. They are much yummier (if such a sour thing can be yummy)!

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  13. Hi Jean
    I don't know how I missed this post of yours...but better late than never, right?
    I admire all of your blooms for Dec bloom-day. The Rosemary is something I haven't had luck with; perhaps I should research different varieties...maybe there is one that would survive all seasons in my area.

    I want a perennial geranium too-I like the color of yours!

    I've never seen Lizard Lips aloe...interesting! Growing little lemons sounds cool, though I don't think I could do it here (but what do I know? Not much:))

    Somehow I totally forgot about your blog...but I'm following you now:) Jan

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