The dark days of December seem even darker with no snow cover on the ground and day after day of cloudy skies. I went out to the garden in search of blooms for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and found mostly the ghosts of summer past.
There are some dried up seed heads from hydrangeas, sedums, and coneflowers and a row of zinnias that I havn’t pulled out yet.
Several trees still have seed pods hanging from them, reminding us that months ago in a memory called spring, these were blooming, too.
In my sunroom, I have a few blooms.
My white flowering Christmas cactus, Schlumbergera sp., started to bloom a few days ago, on the same schedule as last year.
The Bouvardia I bought before Thanksgiving likewise has a few white blooms left on it.
I also planted Narcissus and Amaryllis bulbs which have all sprouted but none are blooming yet.
To add more color inside, even when plants aren’t blooming, I’m branching out in my plant choices by acquiring some colorful plants like these newly sprouted Oxalis.
And by January, the colorful jewel orchids, which I highlighted in a post a few days ago, should be blooming as well.
What’s blooming in your garden or house? I would love to go on a virtual tour of your garden on this dreary December day, either indoors or outdoors, and see flowers blooming somewhere!
It’s easy to participate in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Just post about what is blooming in your garden today, then leave a link on the Mr Linky widget below, along with a comment, so we can find you and come for a visit to see!
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence