Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Nothing new here folks! (Bloomday for December 2015)

If not for my desire to document, and to keep the Bloomday streak unbroken, I probably wouldn't be posting this Garden Blogger's Bloomday - after all there's nothing new to share. But, the party must go on...

Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi'...Brumansia blooms outdoors in December!

Okay, the truth is this plant spent our cold-streak (over Thanksgiving weekend) in the basement. I put it back outside last week when our temps hit the 60's during the day.

I've only ever seen the blooms be this pale yellow color, evidently they "color up" over time and turn that lovely orangey color, above.

You may have heard Portland's been under a nearly constant deluge of strong rainfall for the last 10 or so days - it's been total craziness. When the sun came out briefly I was out there taking these photos faster than you could say "go!" Abutilon megapotamicum 'Red' has wrapped up for the season, but Abutilon Nuabyell is still blooming away.

Eriobotrya japonica (Loquat) continues the show, no signs of fruit developing though.

The Grevillea 'Ned Kelly' gifted to me by the Outlaw is starting to bloom. This stage reminds me of peppermint ribbon hard candy, very seasonally appropriate!

Grevillea victoriae 'Murray Queen', in all it's stages.

And a true bloom.

Mahonia x media 'Charity', still going strong.

For some reason I didn't bother to photograph the blooms of the Fatsia japonica, or the nearly open ones of the Fatsia polycarpa 'Needham's Lace', but they are both putting on a show.

Finally, one of my Tetrapanax papyrifer is still trying SO HARD to bloom. This is by far the closest I've ever seen it. If the darn rain, and accompanying dark skies, would let up for a bit it might just happen.

For more December blooms visit May Dreams Gardens.

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19 comments:

  1. The rain has been pretty constant here too Loree. The garden has gone beyond loving it and is struggling to come up for air! On the plus side.. it's been mild.
    I do hope the Tetrapanax blooms, it looks loaded with buds.

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    1. You've got a point, at least it's not wet and cold...that would be miserable.

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  2. I like the fern covering up the Brug's ugly legs. I bet it has dropped all the leaves below those flowers. Don't you just love the curlicues on the buds before they open?

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    1. Yep, nothing but bare branches! And yes, actually that might be my favorite part...

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  3. Wow, look at your Tetrapanax go! I find more bits of my disintegrating buds on the path each time I go outside. And I applaud your repeat documentation. I like seeing what's still blooming in your garden from a month ago: it helps me think about plants to add for my own winter garden.

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    1. Ya the ones out front are doing that, slowly falling apart. Thanks for the kind words about my repetitiveness, good to know it's helping someone!

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  4. Your tetrapanax is so close! Come on sun and mild temps!

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  5. i wonder how the Mahonia x media 'Charity' that i did NOT purchase and plant this fall would have coped with the six inches of very heavy wet snow we just got. it appears to be very stout.

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    1. It is, I think it would have been fine. Mine dealt with a thick coating of ice, and then snow, just fine.

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  6. I do hope you get a break from the rain (send it here please!) and some warm, sunny days to bring that Tetrapanax into bloom. For our part, we're unusually cold, albeit probably not by your standards.

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    1. I've heard rumblings of the pattern shifting in January and aiming the hose at you guys, fingers crossed!

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  7. Charity looks stunning against the dark wall! Fingers crossed for the Tetrapanax.

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  8. I'll never tire of pictures of Mahonia x media 'Charity' against the backdrop of your house. Perfect!

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  9. That mahonia is stunning.

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  10. I love your December blooms, especially the grevilleas and mahonia. I still need to prepare areas for things like Grevilleas, but I added an 'Arthur Menzies' mahonia to the garden this year. It was in the tough love sale, so too rough to bloom this year, but hopefully next year!

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