|Helleborus niger ‘Josef Lemper’|
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for December 2013.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we have snow cover today.
I checked past bloom day posts and this is only the second time since 2007 we’ve been snow covered like this in mid-December. The other time was in 2010.
I did put on my boots, coat, hat, gloves and scarf to take a quick walk around the garden.
I found the tips of the leaves of the Christmas Rose, Helleborus niger, sticking up out of the snow. This one is the variety ‘Josef Lemper’.
Once the snow melts, it will provide some nice bloom in the middle of winter, I promise.
Brrr… come on in and take off your boots, coat, hat, gloves, and scarf and let’s see what’s going on in the sun room which is quite cozy, even with windows facing east, north, and west.
Yes, this is another Christmas Rose getting ready to bloom.
|Helleborus niger ‘Potters Wheel’|
This is Helleborus niger ‘Potters Wheel’.
I have two ‘Potters Wheel’ Christmas Rose plants in my sun room right now. I ordered this particular one from Arrowhead Alpines a week or so ago. I also have another one that Jo Ellen, the Hoosier Gardener, bid on for me at a silent auction benefiting a local park. It’s not quite as far along as this one so it will bloom a bit later, extending my bloom season for indoor hellebores.
Once these bloom, I’ll try to keep them alive in my sun room until spring and then plant them out in the garden. They should then bloom outdoors for me every year.
Joseph T. from Arrowhead Alpines thoughtfully tucked another little plant in the box with my Christmas Rose when he sent it, with a note saying it is his favorite Christmas flower.
This is Oxalis versicolor, which is not quite blooming but look at those red and white striped buds. Pretty! Thank you, Joseph, for sending this to me.
While we are thinking of buds, I have some other buds to show you.
The amaryllis bulbs which I potted up three weeks ago are coming up with big fat buds.
I also have some Lily of the Valley pips I potted up earlier this past week.
|Lily of the Valley pips|
I’m looking forward to the day these bloom.
In the meantime, there are some other flowers in my sun room to enjoy this winter including these kalanchoe.
I never thought I liked kalanchoe, but since getting these in a funeral planter a few years ago, I don’t know how I gardened indoors without them.
And that’s my garden, indoors and out, on this cold, wintry December Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.
What’s blooming in your garden? We would love to find out, whether your blooms are indoors or outdoors.
It’s easy to participate.
Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month and leave a comment to tell us what you have waiting for us to see so we can pay you a virtual visit. Then put your name and the url to your post on the Mr. Linky widget below to make it easy to find you.
Then repeat after me… “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence