I'll start off as usual with the plants delivering the biggest or most unexpected punches of color.
|Lotus jacobaeus has grown dramatically since I planted it from a 4-inch pot in July. I've been surprised at how well it stood up to the dry winds we've experienced over the past 2 weeks.|
|Metrosideros collina 'Springfire' surprised me by blooming in December, when I expected blooms in, well, spring! Planted in February of this year, it's still small. At maturity, it should reach 12 feet tall (or taller).|
A few plants paid unexpected return visits this month too.
|My Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflora) pooped out earlier than usual this year but a few blue blooms and a single pink one offered unexpected encores in December|
|I've also had a smattering of rose blooms this month. From left to right: 'Joseph's Coat', 'Medallion' and a noID white variety|
Here are some collages, organized by color, of other plants that managed to produce blooms despite our unusually warm, windy and arid December weather.
|Various succulents are also throwing up blooms, including (clockwise from the upper left): Aloe deltoideodonta, Aloe 'Johnson's Hybrid', Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi, Echeveria 'Serrana' and Faucaria tigrina|
I'll close with a shot of my largest Pennisetum, no longer at its prime but still showing off its inflorescences.
|Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum', still catching the sunlight beautifully in the front garden|
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