Welcome to Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for December 2012.
Here in my zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we have not yet had any snow so it still seems more like late fall than winter. I looked back at previous bloom day posts and remembered that last year in December, I only had one bloom to show.
This year I have three types of blooms, mostly because we have had fairly mild weather so far this season.
Out in the lawn there are a couple of violas that have established themselves and still have a few blooms on them. I leave them be and hope that they will make it through the winter to bloom again in the spring.
There are also a pair of yellow violas that had the good sense to self-sow themselves right by the brick of the house.
I believe they’ll do alright through much of the winter because they’ll be warmed by the radiant heat that comes off the brick of the south facing wall of the house. I check on them every time I go get the mail.
Out in the back garden, there is some Vinca minor that has one or two blooms on it.
Many gardeners will be horrified that I still have some Vinca minor growing in my garden, as it is considered invasive in many states, including Indiana. Relax. I am going to grub this out in the spring and toss it in the trash.
And to think that in the late 1970’s I worked in a nursery where this groundcover was grown and I actually helped to propagate it.
Elsewhere in the garden, I am reminded that spring flowers lie just beneath the surface.
Those leaf tips belong to Leucojum aestivum which goes by the common name Summer Snowflake. My bulbs were a gift from Leslie of Growing a Garden in Davis. It won’t bloom until May so who knows why it is sprouting in fall. I’ll blame it on the crazy weatehr.
When I see my lawn these days, I am reminded that underneath that surface there are over 1,000 crocus bulbs waiting out the winter.
I am also reminded by the green color that we really have not had much winter yet.
My third, and final bloom is the only bloom I had last year. It is the Christmas Rose, Helleborus niger.
This is the variety ‘Josef Lemper’ and it was sent to me last year by Skagit Gardens. I dearly love this flower and wonder why it took so long for me to figure out that it existed and I should have it in my garden to help fulfil the quote by Elizabeth Lawrence: “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.
It really is the only flower in my garden that is supposed to bloom in December.
What about your garden? Are you snow covered or still enjoying outdoor blooms?
Whatever your circumstances and however your garden looks during these December days, I hope you’ll join us for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day this month.
All are welcome!
It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month and then leave a link in the ‘Mr. Linky’ widget below, plus a comment to give us a hint as to what we might find in your garden in December.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” – Elizabeth Lawrence