“December Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for coming up with GBBD. This is the day (15th of the month) in which we post everything which is blooming in our gardens.
This December there seems to be pretty slim pickings in regards to blooming flowers. When I look back at December 2008, there were so many flowers still around, but not this year. December 2009 has been very rainy, I mean VERY rainy. Our area has had over 22 inches of rain so far this month making this the wettest month ever recorded. The last few days especially have been just terrible. Rivers are swollen and many homes have flooded which will make this holiday a little harder for many people who have a lot of cleaning up to do. Unfortunately, more rain is predicted for Thursday.
But, to get back to what’s blooming here in south Louisiana, it seems that it is mostly small flowers like Mexican heather, bulbine, blue daze, impatiens, butterfly weed, and violas.
A few roses are still blooming: Butterfly rose, Iceberg, and the Knockouts.
Camellias Yuletide and an unknown white are blooming, but Debutant still has tight buds, so next month I should have photos of her. The hibiscus are still putting out flowers but, of course, not like they were doing when it was warmer. One azalea bush must think it is spring because it has started showing some flowers. Boy, is it in for a surprise come January, our coldest month.
Some tender perennials are still around like this perennial begonia. It always surprises me how this particular plant will survive the winter.
The pineapple sages are still blooming as well as the salvias such as lady in red, coral nymph and mystic spires. I know this is a lot more flowers than many northern bloggers have, but for down here, this is a pretty pathetic December GBBD. Maybe by next month, the winter annuals will be putting on a better show.