Here we are at the midpoint of the month again. Since last month's Bloom Day, we've had rain to the point of flooding, and high winds as well. But as I walked around my waterlogged garden, I was struck by how long-lasting several of last month's bloomers were in spite of the challenging weather they'd endured. In fact, some of the flowers I'll show you today are the actual blooms I showed last month.
Case in point: this Daphne
'Eternal Fragrance' - this is the exact flower cluster I pictured in mid-November, still in bloom.
Remember this lone Digitalis purpurea
bloom from last month? It's a little ragged, but still flowering through our downpours.
A hungry hummingbird led me to discover that Arctostaphylos
'Austin Griffiths' flowers are opening all over the plant. And these blooms are early - last year at this time the buds were still tightly closed.
is another of last month's bloomers that just keeps eking out a few more flowers - or are these the same ones, miraculously preserved by our cool, wet month?
It's really no surprise that the Rosemaries are still blooming from last month: this is their time to shine.
Indoors (and I'm anticipating here) a bud is developing in a pot of Sarracenia. The flower will likely be brown and unspectacular, but it's always fun to see a plant bloom for the first time.
In the spirit of the season, a Schlumbergera bridgessii
or Christmas Cactus, is putting out a few bright blooms. This one used to bloom at Halloween (making it a Halloween Cactus?) until an unfortunate accident involving a very bad cat apparently shook up its flowering time.
The blooms looks even more festive with the backing of my mid-century aluminum Christmas tree.
Let's go back outside for the finale: Camellia sasanqua
'Yuletide' is doing its best to brighten up the back garden in Christmas color.
I'm especially glad to see these flowers since the summer heat was hard on the three plants we have in this corner: One may need to come out and only this one has produced any buds or blooms.
It's a lovely, bright note in a soggy space.
I'm joining May Dreams Gardens
to celebrate Bloom Day. Check out Carol's post there for lots of other December blooms from all over.
Happy Bloom Day!