Scanning my garden, my perception is that it's low on flowers but, when I check all its nooks and crannies, there's actually quite a lot out there. The large splashes of color characteristic of spring and summer are largely missing; however, by comparison to many gardens on the Northern Hemisphere, there are plenty of flowers to be found in my frost-free climate.
I'll start with the flowers that came as the biggest surprise to me.
|I planted 3 small bulbs of Lachenalia viridiflora in a pot in October 2021. They bloomed last December and here they are back for a second year. The turquoise color of the flowers makes them look like jewels.|
A couple of plants have made very brief appearances.
The plants I often describe as my "old dependables" continue to offer blooms.
|All 4 of our Arbutus 'Marina' are dripping with flowers but, as the trees are scheduled for pruning next Monday, this will be the end of them for awhile|
|Argyranthemum frutescens appreciates cooler temperatures. 'Aramis Bicolor' is on the left and 'White Butterfly' is on the right.|
|Bauhinia x blakeana (Hong Kong orchid tree) also celebrates cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels with flowers|
|The raccoons dug up the Calibrachoas I grew in another barrel last summer but none have touched this peach variety|
|These 2 noID varieties of Camellia sasanqua are putting on a particularly good show right now|
|Felicia aethiopica has been blooming continuously for months|
|My garden wouldn't be the same without Grevilleas. Clockwise from the upper left are: Grevillea alpina x rosmarinifolia, dwarf G. rosmarinifolia, G. 'Scarlet Sprite', G. 'Peaches & Cream', and G. 'Superb'.|
|The Leucadendrons continue to mimic flowers. Left to right are: Leucadendron salignum 'Blush', L. salignum 'Chief', and hybrid L. 'Safari Sunset'|
|Ivy geraniums (Pelargonium peltatum) in burgundy and lavender|
|Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum', not quite as vigorous as in prior years|
|Tagetes lemmonii (Mexican marigold) in full bloom in partial shade|
I've grouped the best of the rest in color-coded collages.
|Top: Barleria obtusa, Lavandula multifida, and Teucrium fruticans 'Azureum'|
Middle: Lantana montevidensis, Salvia rosmarinus, and Scabiosa columbaria
Bottom: Gomphrena decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy', Viola cornuta 'Penny Peach', and Vitex trifolia
|Clockwise from the upper left: Achillea ptarmica, Primula vulgaris, Westringia fruticosa 'Morning Light', Achillea 'Moonshine', noID Calendula, Gaillardia 'Spintop Copper Sun', and Nemesia 'Banana Split'|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Correa 'Dusky Bells', Cuphea 'Starfire Pink', Persicaria capitata, and Primula vulgaris|
A check of my December 2021 and 2020 Bloom Day posts indicates that there are fewer flowers in my garden this year. After three years of seriously low rainfall, that's to be expected. This December also seems colder than those prior years, which may be slowing the bloom cycles of some plants. The Aloes and Aeoniums are gearing up to put on show in January and hopefully other tardy bloomers will join in.
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