Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, Dec 2009
Even though we had a couple of hard freezes last week (very early in the season for us!), I was surprised by the number of blooms left while I made the garden rounds yesterday. There's not many but there are a few. Above is one of the last blooms on my Patrick's Abutilon. Having never had an abutilon before I don't know if it's normal for them to mostly bloom in the fall, but that's what this one did. Can anyone verify that for me? Next year I plan to prune it back quite a bit, hoping it'll stay a good short size while still blooming as prolifically as it did this fall.
Here's a surprise bloom - a lone Ox-eye Daisy ((Leucanthenum vulgare). Must have liked the fall rains.
Marie Pavie rose is doing it's usual winter thing, blooming yet covered with blackspot.
This is one of the long awaited blooms of Viburnum mistflower (Eupatorium viburnoides), also called Joe Pye Shrub. It's very subtle and not as pink as I had hoped it would be, but I kind of like that subtleness. I think this will be a nice bush in a very short time.
Another surprise for me is the trailing Lanai Bright Pink verbena. It just keeps on blooming. It was to be a match for the Homestead Pink verbena in the other box but that has since died.
The creeping rosemary is blooming now and will most likely continue to bloom throughout the winter. Too bad there aren't any bees around now to enjoy it. What you can't see in this photo is the mold problem it developed this fall when we got so much rain. At least I think that's what it was. Some of the branches towards the middle of the plant turned black. I may still rip this out but the blooms have given it a reprieve.
A few posts ago I talked about this dianthus, Dianthus barbatus interspecific Amazon Neon, a great butterfly attractant. Most of them have finished blooming now but the big box store got a few more of these in. Again, I just had to rescue it since it was extremely pot bound and drowning from too much watering! I kept it in my storeroom for a couple of weeks until the harsh weather passed. It's now happy outside in the ground. I wish you could really see how neon this is.
For more Bloom Day posts from around the world see Carol's May Dreams Gardens. And stay tuned for a post here (found here) tomorrow as I join Pam at Digging in posting for Foliage Follow-up.
This post was written by Jean McWeeney for my blog Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. Copyright 2009. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.