The Hunt for Blooms

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When December rolls around, finding flowers to share for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day becomes more of a challenge…

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Not because there are no blooms, there are always blooms, but they are far, far fewer in number.

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Some of them are enjoying a winter vacation inside the greenhouse/sunroom, like the above featured lady slipper orchids, the Paphiopedilums. The four plants in bloom were whisked outside for their glamor shots, so much better with outdoor lighting, then whisked back indoors lest harm from the cold might mar their beauty.

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But there are true winter bloomers here in Zone 7a Southeast Tennessee, including the ultra fragrant tea olive, Osmanthus fragrans, click here to read about it, …

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Diane the witch hazel, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ opening a couple of buds just to get her feet wet,…

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The continuing and fully loaded with lusciousness Camellia sasanqua ‘Chansonette’,…

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And the sweet Viola ‘Apricot Gem Antique’ that was planted in the three large containers by the deck, the story can be read by clicking here if you missed it.

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Hanging out inside the above mentioned greenhouse/sunroom, the cutting of Salvia elegans ‘Golden Delicious’ that was potted up to continue the legacy gifted from offspring Brokenbeat several years ago is budded and blooming…

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As is the Echevaria that was also shown in last month’s bloom day post.

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These are the best of the images of what is in bloom. Also flowering are some natives that are in more protected spots, wild white Asters and tall goldenrod, white ox eye daisies, money plant, Zizia, a couple of blue Salvias and some wild strawberries, among others. To see who has what else going on, go visit Carol of May Dreams Gardens, the proud parent of GBBD.

Frances

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8 Responses to The Hunt for Blooms

  1. I haven’t got to my blooms as yet. I have only indoor blooms. I was hopeful that the Witch Hazels would be blooming but not here. Can’t imagine why not. It has been above normal temps. Hmmmm Maybe that is why. We also need rain. I know…that sounds like a broken record. ha.. Have a great week.

    Hi Lisa, may you get your rain, and the witch hazel open when the time is right. Out of a tree full of buds on Diane, only two decided to jump the gun early. Surely we will get that extended cold, the tulips need it. You too, have a wonderful week.
    Frances

  2. Layanee says:

    The winter blooms are that much more dear aren’t they. At least we have the Christmas lights here to brighten the short days as well as the seed catalogs which are starting to arrive..

    They truly are, Layanee. The lights help get us through the season of darkness, maybe I will leave them up a bit longer to help brighten our lives.
    Frances

  3. gail says:

    Diane’s already blooming! Wow, makes me want to run out in the rain to check here. Maybe later after I’ve had coffee! In the mean time, your blooms are brightening my day as well as the Christmas lights that Layanee mentioned~only these are from the Palm Tree. Have a sweet day. xoxogail

    Hi Gail, thanks for stopping by. Only a couple of blooms on Diane are open, a sneak preview of things to come next month. Anything that blooms in winter is so very welcome, it makes the days brighter along with the strings of lights and candles shining.
    xoxoxo
    Frances

  4. Just amazing, those orchids. It must be fun to walk through the garden and look for blooms. Sort of like a treasure hunt, yes?

    Hi Kathy, thanks for stopping by. The orchids are alien looking, that is what I love about them. Yes, a treasure hunt, looking for blooms on GBBD. They are all the more special since they are so rare at this time of year.
    Frances

  5. The tea olive sounds really fantastic. With this really mild weather, our Lonicera sempervirens is putting out a few blooms, but that’s it.

    Hi Garden IAC, thanks for stopping by. The Tea olive, Osmanthus is a wonderful evergreen shrub. I hates the dry summers we have been having and has die back in the winter, but some of the row planted hang on to provide the sweetly scented flowers.
    Frances

  6. Nicole says:

    Love the idea of the glamour shots ! The orchids look nice, also like the colors in the witch hazel and viola. Violas are such sweet flowers.

    Hi Nicole, thanks. Nothing beats outdoor light for taking those shots of the orchids. We were lucky to have a warm enough day in December to do so. Violas are sweet, they certainly are.
    Frances

  7. Sigh. You are so fortunate to have outdoor winter blooms–and such incredible ones at that! Camellias, Pansies, and Salvia! Oh my!

    Hi PP, thanks for visiting. We have been lucky this year, so far, with the warmer temps. I think that is coming to an end soon. We need the chill hours for the tulips to bloom properly. The Salvia shown is inside the greenhouse/sunroom, but there are a few blue ones blooming out of doors. Poor confused babies.
    Frances

  8. Love orchids and your images are so beautiful!

    Hi Stacey, thanks so much!

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