Much of what is blooming seems to be pink, with the biggest masses of color represented by Camellia sasanqua, Correa pulchella 'Pink Eyre, Pelargonium peltatum 'Pink Blizzard' and Schlumbergera x buckleyi.
|Camellia sasanqua (no ID) with blooms somewhat worn by the recent rains|
|There are masses of bloom on this Correa pulchella 'Pink Eyre" but you have to get close to the flowers to fully appreciate them|
|Close-up of flowers on Correa pulchella 'Pink Eyre'|
|Pelargonium peltatum 'Pink Blizzard' is still churning our flowers in both pots by the front door|
|Schlumbergera x buckleyii on the side patio|
|Grevillea lanigera 'Mount Tamboritha' has bloomed continuously since it was planted in early January|
Some other pink-flowering plants are just entering another bloom cycle:
|Argyranthemum frutescens 'Comet Pink'|
|Camellia japonica 'Taylor's Perfection' will be blooming soon|
|Cuphea x ignea 'Starfire Pink' is coming back after the hard pruning it received in October|
|Coleonema pulchrum 'Sunset Gold'|
|The tiny blooms on Greveillea lavandulacea 'Penola' are just beginning to open en masse|
|Leptospermum scoparium 'Pink Pearl' is finally putting out more than a few sporadic flowers|
Others are well past their prime:
|Celosia argentea var. spicata is more tawny than pink now but I still hesitate to pull it out|
|These should be Lisianthus 'Echo Pink's' last blooms|
|Pentas lanceolata 'Kaleidoscope Appleblossom' has proven to be hardier than other varieties in my garden|
There are some orange and yellow bloomers too.
|Grevillea 'Superb' with Nandina domestica|
|Anigozanthos hybrid (Kangeroo Paws) with Papaver nudicaule (Iceland poppy)|
|A late-blooming 'Joseph's Coat' rose hanging over our truck's front bumper|
|Tagetes lemmonii (dwarf form)|
And there are a few white and purple blooms here and there.
|Argyranthemum frutescens 'Comet White'|
|Gomphrena 'Itsy Bitsy'|
|Hebe 'Patty's Purple' (photo-bombed by Geranium 'Tiny Monster')|
|Lavandula multifida (fern-leaf lavender)|
|My garden workhorse, Osteospermum ecklonis '3D Silver'|
|Osteospermum 'Serenity Purple'|
|Westringia fruticosa 'Naringa' in the vegetable garden|
Perhaps the biggest story this December is that my favorite citrus fruit is ripening fast.
|Washington navel oranges|
|Mandarin orange (no ID), fruiting earlier this year|
The pink-fleshed guava is also coming along but I leave that to the squirrels as I have yet to develop a taste for it.
|Guava 'Mexican Beaumont'|
Yes, I'm lucky. Please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens, the host of the monthly Garden Blogger's Bloom Day event to find what's blooming in her garden and other gardens around the world.