Here we are, the last Bloomday of the year. Even though this has been a very mild season here in Portland I find myself thinking of the things lost last winter — blooms I miss, and I'm sure the wildlife does too. But I can't complain too much, after all there are blooms in my garden in December, what more could a gardener ask for?
Abutilon Nuabyell hasn't missed a beat. Here it's being blown about and refusing to hold still for its photo. Yes it's been sunny, but the famous East Wind has been wicked.
Arctostaphylos x ‘Austin Griffiths' is on the verge of busting out.
Where as the orange flowering Bomarea sp. is hanging on despite a light frost.
As is the Cobaea scandens, aka Cup and Saucer Vine, which really should have turned to mush but must be protected by the fact it's growing up against the West facing side of the house. As much I love the foliage this one really is trying my patience since it didn't put out a single flower all season!
Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Akebono’ — still hanging on to it's foliage and yes, only hinting at flowers to come. Still I celebrate.
Ditto for the Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold' — although it's lost its foliage.
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold' with Fatsia japonica.
The Fatsia japonica blooms keep the pollinators very happy.
Fatsia japonica 'Variegata' (Camouflage)
In a corner of the back garden.
Eriobotrya japonica aka Loquat. So simple, so beautiful, so fragrant.
I love this plant for its large pleated leaves, the fact it blooms is a bonus.
Juniperus conferta 'Blue Pacific', of which I have many. Yet this — the newest addition to the garden — is the only one that's ever produced those little cones.
What's up with that?
Mahonia x media 'Charity'
Being simply stunning.
Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’ — freeze, what freeze?
The Rosemary NOID also couldn't care less about the temperatures, which I love.
All those blooms!
I'll wrap up this garden bloggers Bloomday post (hosted by Carol, don't you know) with a look at the ever hopeful Tetrapanax papyrifer. It tries so hard to bloom, but there's just no way it's happening this year. Although those buds look promising they still need a few weeks of warmth, which even the hopeful know is not going to happen here, mid-December.
Weather Diary, Dec 14: Hi 44, Low 32/ Precip 0
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