Today I am joining other garden writers as we show our blooms on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Carol over at May Dreams Gardens started this event and it’s fun to see what gardeners all over the world have growing in their gardens. Although it has been wet and windy here I have a few flowers still hanging on in the garden. Massive wind storms have taken most of the leaves down so we are ready for winter’s arrival.
All the tender plants came into the greenhouse last month and are happily enjoying the warmth inside. I thought I would try overwintering the Geraniums and Fuchsias bought last spring. I even brought in the chocolate Cosmos and it’s still alive. It’s a plant that doesn’t produce seed so I will hopefully take some cuttings from it in the spring. The Echeverias and succulents are happy to be in the greenhouse and are now flowering. It’s a joy to walk in the greenhouse on a rainy day and see plants in bloom.
In the garden Chrysanthemum ‘Rayonnante Pink’ is just opening. The flowers seem late to open this year but most plants were about a month behind as a result of our cold spring. The blooms are also smaller so I have to learn how to disbud so I get a few larger flowers. I like to bring them inside for bouquets so there is a tradeoff if I disbud and keep only a few buds.
I am a rookie at growing the old-fashioned Chrysanthemum but wanted a mum that would overwinter. Those rounded pots of mums sold everywhere are not hardy here. I love the bright yellow curved petals of Chrysanthemum ‘Connie Mayhew’.
Who doesn’t have Alyssum in the garden? This annual is a tough plant and has gone through two light frosts and it’s still blooming. I left a few annuals in the garden to see how hardy they are.
What really excites me in the garden is the Viburnum bodnantense which is now opening its buds. This shrub grows to about ten feet high and wide and blooms from November to February. Its flowers can be damaged by frost but will come right back once it warms up. This bud has a bit of frost damage. Did I say this shrub was fragrant? As I write this post I realize that it will be only be a couple of months until other winter flowering plants open in the garden. Well, let’s hope so. Last years winter was a big surprise to all of us bringing us the most snow we have had in thirty-five years.