Thursday, December 2, 2021

A Week of Flowers 2021, Day Two

Last year, Cathy of Words and Herbs launched a celebration of flowers to brighten the gray days that characterize December for many gardeners in the Northern Hemisphere.  She invites garden bloggers to post one or two photos each day, or as opportunities arise, over the course of a week.  I missed Day 1 on December 1st but I'm joining in today and will do so at least once more between now and December 7th.  You can find Cathy's description of A Week of Flowers here.

I must start by admitting that winter is not all that bleak where I live in coastal Southern California.  Still, flowers are far less plentiful even here at this time of year and it's nice to remember that spring is just around the corner. 

My Anemone bulbs have already sprouted foliage and I'm already looking forward to their early spring show.   Here's a sample of what they looked like back in February of this year.

Anemone coronaria 'Lord Lieutenant'


African daisies, including Arctotis, Gazanias, and Osteospermums, rebound during our cool season.

Arctotis 'Pink Sugar' in February of this year


For other Week in Flowers posts, visit Cathy at Words & Herbs.


All material © 2012-2021 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

12 comments:

  1. Don't think I've seen Arctotis growing here. I like how the flowers rise above the foliage on those strong looking stems. Of course, I love your Anemones.

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    1. I still can't grow Anemones in my garden beds but they've done well in my more copiously watered cutting garden. I love having them.

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  2. Great picks, Kris - both are favorites of mine. <3

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  3. Pretty, I love blue flowers and the Arctotis is new to me as well,.

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    1. I'm fond of all the African daisies and fortunately for me they do well with relatively little water.

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  4. I always love seeing your anemones in your vase arrangements Kris. But I don't remember seeing the Arctotis. They are really pretty daisies, especially lovely for flowering so early. Thanks for joining in and sharing! ��

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    1. Although I love them, Arctotis flowers close in low light so I never use them in floral arrangements, which is why you've never seen them in my IAVOM posts, Cathy. Breeders have developed double-petaled Osteospermums, another one of the so-called African daisies, which will remain open in low light conditions so, who knows, someone may develop an Arctotis that will do so someday :)

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  5. Lovely to see blooms. Anemones do very well in containers here in the Spring. Have them planted in pots with daffodils and tulips for Spring blooms months from now. Have to always plan forwards

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    1. I should try them in pots, Elaine. I have to close my eyes when I see tulip bulbs as I've been conned into planting those too many times - only the species types have the slightest chance here.

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  6. Oh those are such a beautiful intense blue Kris and very similar to the variety that I grow which is 'Mr Fokker'. I planted six in pots in the greenhouse last month - they have rooted but no signs of shoots yet. Will plant some more come spring.

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    1. I should have mentioned that while the Anemone corms were labeled as 'Lord Lieutenant', I suspect that may actually be 'Mr Fokker' as 'Lord' is supposed to have 3-layered petals, which very few of mine displayed. I planted corms of 'Lord Lieutenant' from a different source this year so we'll see what happens this time.

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