I'll start with the biggest surprises.
|This is Metrosideros collina 'Springfire'. I featured it in last month's post too. It's supposed to bloom in spring and summer but here it is in the dead of winter brightening the south end of my garden.|
|I showed the first sign of a bloom spike on this hybrid Aloe ferox x vanbalenii last month. It's now in full bloom for the first time since I acquired the plant in 2016.|
As was the case in prior years, the Grevilleas and Leucadendrons are putting on a good show.
|A variety of Leucadenrons produce flower-like bracts during the winter months. Clockwise from the upper left: Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder', a close-up of the same plant, L. salignum 'Summer Red', L. 'Safari Sunset', and L. salignum 'Chief'.|
Many of last month's bloomers are still going strong.
|Bauhinia x blakeana (aka Hong Kong orchid) has been blooming steadily since October|
|The noID Camellia sasanquas shown in the first 2 photos have now been joined by the hybrid Camellia williamsii 'Taylor's Perfection'|
|Hippeastrum (Amaryllis) 'Zombie' is finishing up its run but I'm hoping that 'Moon Scene' and 'Giant Amadeus' may show up within the next month of so|
The plants that flower year-round or nearly so are making their contribution.
|The Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold' shrubs in the front garden are blooming, although those in the back garden are not. Who knows why. The tiny flowers look white from a distance but they're actually a very pale pink.|
|Gomphrena decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy' only stops blooming when I cut the shrub down to one foot in height|
I've added a few plants in the past month but only one of those is already adding a punch of color.
|Brachyscome angustifolia 'Brasco Violet' (aka Swan River Daisy) is a drought tolerant Australian native. Sold as an annual, it's a short-lived perennial here.|
Other flowers are present in smaller numbers. As usual, I've packaged them in collages organized by color.
|Top row: Campanula poscharskyana, trailing Lantana, and Lavandula multifida|
Bottom row: Polygala fruticosa, Rosmarinus 'Gold Dust', and noID Viola
|Top row: Dermatobotrys saundersii, Euryops chrysanthemoides, and self-seeded Gazania|
Bottom row: Phylica pubescens, Rudbeckia hirta 'Denver Daisy', and Tagetes lemmoniii
What's most obviously missing from the current line-up are the blooms of Aeonium arboreum. I use this succulent as a filler throughout my garden and the flowers generally arrive on schedule with no help at all from me. This January there are plenty of bloom spikes but no actual flowers as yet. The Aeoniums, along with several other common January bloomers, are taking their time making an appearance in 2020 but they're on their way.
That's a wrap! Visit Carol, the host of Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, at May Dreams Gardens to discover what's happening in other gardens.
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