|The no ID Camellia sasanquas are in full bloom too. There are 2 varieties in this sheltered area next to the house but both are the same pink color. The taller variety (shown) is doing particularly well this year.|
|After more than 2 months of bloom, Leptospermum scoparium 'Pink Pearl' is beginning to wane but it hasn't halted flower production altogether. It should produce a fresh cycle of bloom in the spring too.|
|Pentas lanceolata 'Nova' is also showing off|
While pink flowers abound, blooms in other colors can also be found.
|The flowers of Gomphrena decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy' may be tiny but they're certainly plentiful, even though I cut both plants in this bed back by half less than 2 months ago|
|I love Erigeron glaucus 'Wayne Roderick' so much I've planted 5 more in the front garden|
|The Polygala myrtifolia 'Mariposa' here in the back garden seem to bloom on a slightly different schedule than P. fruitcosa 'Petite Butterfly' in the front garden|
|Not the most dramatic specimen in my garden but I'm very happy with this hybrid Trichostema 'Midnight Magic'. It's proven to be tougher than the native California woolly blue curls in my garden.|
|All my Australian fuchsias are blooming but Correa 'Ivory Bells' is my favorite this month. It looks as good in a vase as it does in the garden.|
The rain did seem to jolt the African daisies awake.
|This is the first Arctotis 'Pink Sugar' flower, beginning what I hope will be months of blooms|
|The Gazanias are providing bright spots of color throughout the back garden. However, most of the hybrid varieties I originally planted are being replaced by simpler self-seeded varieties.|
Some plants have been offering color for months now.
|Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset' and its noID neighbor continue to provide flower facsimiles|
|The Pennisetums ('Rubrum' on the left and 'Fireworks' on the right) still have feathery plumes|
Other flowers are only just beginning to make an appearance.
|The snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) are off to a slow start in my cutting garden|
|I think of Scabiosa caucasica 'Fama Blue' as a summer bloomer but it's produced a lot of buds as we move toward what passes for winter here, all of which have opened one at a time thus far|
|Blooms on this Abelia 'Chiapas', planted on my sad back slope were a surprise, largely as I'd completely forgotten it was there. As it's done well in a tough area with almost no attention, I think I need to try propagating it for use elsewhere.|
And, not to be forgotten, there are other plants that either bloom year-round here, like the large-flowered Grevilleas, or maintain a lower profile in the garden. I'm presenting these in my usual collection of Bloom Day collages.
|Top row: Lavandula multifida, noID lavender, and Ocimum hybrid 'African Blue Basil'|
Bottom row: Plectranthus neochilus, Pyrethropsis hosmariense, and Rosmarinus 'Gold Dust'
|Top row: Arbutus 'Marina' (also scheduled for a trim today), Correa 'Wyn's Wonder', and Grevillea 'Ned Kelly'|
Bottom row: Hebe 'Wiri Blush', Hemizygia 'Candy Kisses', and Persicaria capitata
For more December blooms, visit our host, Carol of May Dreams Gardens. In recognition of the season, I'll close with a fresh spin on a traditional holiday plant.
|Poinsettia 'Ice Punch' (Euphorbia pulcherrima 'Ice Punch') in my shade house|
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