I'm interrupting my Longwood Garden posts for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. This one is a little unusual in that it is the first that I actually took the photos on the same day as the post. Usually I take them a few days prior, but between work, decreased daylight, Christmas shopping and heavy rains, today was the first day I could get into the garden. Even though we have had a few punctuations in the 60's and 70's, overall it has been colder this month than normal. I am thankful that the winter storms plaguing others, have only brought us rain. Now on with the show.
This is one of the new trailing violas, whose name escapes me now.
I was surprised to see my Ogon spirea (Spiraea thunbergii 'Ogon') blooming so early, usually it does not start until February. The foliage is still colorful on it as well.
My Edgeworthia chrysantha is fat with buds, and it should be a great show this year. My nose can hardly wait.
Camellia sasanqua are still putting out good blooms, and there are many unopened buds waiting for the right temperatures to open. The first two below are 'Autumn Rocket' followed by 'Kanjiro', then the seasonally appropriate 'Yuletide'.
'Yuletide' is in the back garden by the pond. Across from it is a Stachyurus praecox 'Mitsuzaki', and this is one of the few years it has had good fall color. Usually it looks more like the Tetrapanax (in the front of this shot) at this time of year.
The fish pond has yet to freeze this year, and its inhabitants are still active, wondering why I have not fed them recently. The orange and white koi has blue eye lids so I named him/her Sinatra, and the other one, who is black, orange and hard to see is Burning Ashes. The goldfish swim unnamed.
Fish are not the only creatures in my garden, Penny and Isabel are usually out there as well, but don't usually look so serious.
Inside, my Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera) are blooming right on cue, though the pink one is not very Christmassy.
You can see what's blooming on other people's kitchen window sills, or in their gardens, by visiting Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Every month on the 15th she hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
I'd like to wish all of you a merry Christmas if you celebrate, happy holidays if you don't, and a happy new year as well.