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.

While there are flowers in the garden, even after all the cold weather we have been having, they are not very abundant. Except for the violas, a flower here or there is the norm.

One of the new flowers to start showing up this month is the paperwhite narcissus. They seemed to have arrived with the cold weather. These are growing in the garden and are one of the few reliably bulbs that will repeatedly bloom this far south.



Speaking of violas, all are blooming. I have planted each color in a different area of the garden. The yellow are in the circle garden, the white are in an area that I have dedicated to my dad that is planted all in white flowers, and the gold violas are in pots by the entry.





Camellia sasanquas, both the seasonally appropriate Yuletide and the white Setsugekka, are still blooming.




Debutant, a camellia japonica, has flowers that I just noticed today. This is one of my favorite camellias because of its peony type bloom.



The sages are still blooming. Sages with flowers this December are the pineapple sage and Lady in Red sage. Again, these are very appropriate seasonally colored flowers.




Even the Bleeding Heart vine still has a few flowers.



And, finally, there is one little snapdragon that has a few flowers.



As I stated before, most of these plants have just a few flowers this December, not the profusion of flowers that warmer weather allows. But all and all, not too bad for a month that has had colder than normal temperatures.


  1. Phillip said,

    December 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    It is so cold here that we have no blooms. Yours are beautiful!

  2. Bernieh said,

    December 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    It seems you do have quite a few blooms for December. Those white Violas are just brilliant, as are the Paperwhite Narcissus … pure as the driven snow!
    Your Camellias are looking very happy … and so are the Salvias. Great GBBD post.

  3. December 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Wow Jan! I’m so envious that you can grow camellias. I have to go to our Botanical Conservatory to see those! Beautiful!

  4. Missy said,

    December 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    It’s amazing how such delicate flowers can withstand the cold. They are beautiful.

  5. Janet said,

    December 16, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Wonderful blooms Jan. I do like that Debutante Camellia. Love the big ruffled bloom. I like your white garden memorial to your dad…nice idea.

  6. December 16, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    What a nice showing of blooms. It is cold here in the Falls, so snow was all I had to offer for GBBD. Good to see the flowers again. Makes me nostalgic for Spring already and it is a long cold season away.

  7. December 17, 2010 at 9:07 am

    That bleeding heart vine photo is magical! I love all your little violas — wish I’d gotten some in the ground this year.

  8. RBell said,

    December 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Lovely looking Violas – has always been one of my favorite winter flowers.

  9. December 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Hi, Jan;
    How fortunate you are to see such lovely blooms during winter. That pink Camellia is just stunning. 🙂

    Happy Holidays!

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