December Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

“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.


  1. December 16, 2009 at 7:17 am

    I hope you do not get flooded! It must be hard with all the rain. Blogging is so interesting for many reasons. To become more aware of just how the weather can create havoc on folks is brought home, it becomes more personal through reading posts such as yours and others going thorough the same conditions just now. Lovely photos of your last blooms. Carol

  2. Mary said,

    December 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Looks like you have some lovely flowers even if it is not as nice as last year’s. We have not had as much rain as you, but we have had cloudy, gloomy weather.

  3. Norwood said,

    December 16, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Love the Iceberg rose photo. Looks perfect with the green for Christmas.

  4. LeSan said,

    December 16, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about the overly wet winter you are having. Being an old hand at annoying wetness I can definitely relate. We just came out of a nasty little freeze, then snow and, now rain. If it didn’t freeze, it drowned. I really need to work on my winter survival garden. I need to first start one of course. Your flowers look so lovely. My favorite is the iceberg rose. So pure and beautiful.

  5. andré said,

    December 17, 2009 at 3:02 am

    I would say, that’s a lot of flowers for being December! 🙂 Here, the entire garden is covered by snow now…

  6. donna said,

    December 17, 2009 at 4:17 am

    22 inches of rain in one month, scares me to even read that. This may not be your best December for blooms, but they look mighty nice to me.

    Luv how the snowflakes on your blog follow my mouse.

  7. Patty said,

    December 25, 2009 at 2:22 am

    It is so nice to see someone who has blooms. We are bare here. Can’t wait for Spring, although my Helleborus should be the first to see.

  8. Patty said,

    January 2, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Can’t believe you have blooming flowers in December. I have been looking at brown for almost two months now. No leaves on the trees and all perennials have gone undergrown. Glad to have your blog to brighten my day!

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