Can you believe 2018 is almost over? The years just seem to fly by, don't they? We had some 28-30ish degree nights a week or so ago but now we're back to normal. In fact, just now, as I write this, I saw a honeybee outside. Nature is so resilient.
So here's what's blooming:
The first blossom on this Camellia. Isn't is gorgeous?
|Camellia sasanqua 'Shishi-Gashira'|
I have this Rhodochiton under cover and it's still got a few blooms. I hope to overwinter it.
|Rhodochiton astrosa 'Purple Bells'|
There are still a few flowers on this Mimulus. It looks cute with the variegated Ficus, doesn't it? Both are in pots.
|Mimulus x aurantiacus 'Cherry' and Ficus pumila 'Variegata'|
This fragrant pelargonium is still blooming too.
|Correa 'Dusky Bells'|
And this one too:
|Correa 'Ivory Bells'|
A few, rather tattered flowers on my Abutilon:
In the front of the house by my main door, I have a large container with year round interest. The Viburnum tinus is so happy.
|Viburnum tinus pink buds!|
|Viburnum tinus pink buds turning white before they open to white flowers.|
Speaking of Viburnum, 'Pink Dawn' is also happily doing its winter thing:
|Viburnum bodnantense 'Pink Dawn'|
The few common Primula that I have are all starting to bloom. This one has been in the ground for several years. Not my favorite color but hey, this time of year, all flowers are welcome.
I was pleased as punch to see the first blossoms on my Chimonanthus. Check out all those buds! The fragrance is UH MAZE ING!
Still more blooms on this Clematis:
|Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles'|
And this Clematis is just finishing with a few more blossoms opening:
|Clematis florida 'Sieboldi'|
Still blooming is this Lewisia with more buds popping up:
|Lewisia cotyledon 'Elise'|
Nandina--such a common plant during the summer but look how it shines in the winter!
|Nandina domestica 'Moyer's Red'|
The dwarf Nandina planted by my patio pond, even without the berries is equally vibrant this time of year.
|Nandina domestica 'Wood's Dwarf'|
The Sarcococca isn't quite there yet but it's still early. Come January it will be alive with blossoms.
And also full of promise are the Daphne:
|Daphne odora 'Marianni'|
And the green-leaf Daphne is even closer to blooming:
Here are some wide shots of my garden. Be warned, it looks pretty sad these days. I'm behind on mulching and I don't cut back most of my perennials until spring.
|The patio pond|
Don't you love the "winter interest" here? Not so much. The banana-leaf monster is here again!
But I will focus on the green. Here are a few leafy lovelies:
Windmill Palm grows much slower in a pot. This ones been here for ten years.
|Windmill Palm -- Trachycarpus fortunei|
|Umbrella Pine -- Sciadopitys verticillata with a variegated Boxwood|
And finally, here is a little hardy cactus I bought a few years ago from plant lady Trina Studebaker.
It's getting bigger. I am hoping it will flower someday. But for now I'm just glad I've been able to keep it alive.