Yesterday was Garden Blogger's Bloomday, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. I'm late, but I still must play along, and so I went in search of flowers in my garden...
The Fatsia japonica is right next to our driveway. Even if you didn't hear the bzzzzz of the bees you'd know it was in bloom because of all the white bits it drops to the ground.
Walking up the sidewalk the next flowers you see are on the "everblooming" rosemary. It's a beast...but it smells so good!
Turning to the left, these aren't blooms of course...but the berries and the magenta sticks are very colorful! (Mahonia gracilipes)
Curving around the NW corner of our house and walking up the neighbor's driveway we come to the winter-blooming superstar, Mahonia x media 'Charity'.
Ah the Tetrapanax papyrifer dance. Will they or won't they? Will the buds open before a freeze snaps their life and makes them limp? I honestly can't believe they're still looking so good. We shall see. This is the tallest, largest, clump at the NE corner of the front garden. There are a few in the back garden that look similar.
The first of my three Arctostaphylos to bloom, A. x ‘Austin Griffiths’...
A second photo, because I couldn't decide which one I liked better.
Before we go around to the back garden we must pay our respects to the Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold'. Its fat buds hold the promise of things to come—that's a Fatsia japonica leaf they're resting on.
Entering the back garden Abutilon Nuabyell momentarily distracts us from...
The buds of Helleborus x ballardiae Pink Frost.
Blurry, but I'm in cataloguing mode so I'll use it anyway, Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Akebono’. This plant hangs onto it's leaves long after my other edgeworthia has dopped them.
Grevillea miqueliana is just getting started on the season.
The award for most powerful fragrance this bloomday goes to... Eribotrya japonica, the loquat.
Once again Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel' comes close to blooming on Bloomday, but just misses the mark.
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Rochester' (witch-hazel) is doing that "I refuse to drop my leaves" thing.
Just a couple more, Mahonia x media 'Marvel'.
And Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer', blooming pale blooms in the greenhouse. Happy last Bloomday of the year and here's to the new gardening year just around the corner...
Weather Diary, Dec 15: Hi 44, Low 37/ Precip 0
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