Searching For December Bloom Day

There have been hard freezes here, killing freezes. It will be a challenge to find something, anything with a real flower on it, but we do love a challenge so out we go with the camera. The first place for searching is the large arbor at the eastern property edge that was built by offspring Gardoctor. Click here-An Arbor to read the story. Last winter seeds were planted in the greenhouse/sunroom of Cobaea scandens. In one season this plant covered the structure. Hardy only to zone 9 and below, it was not expected to survive above ground during our zone 7a winter. The leaves and flowers on the outside of the arbor are toast, but inside a few flowers remained to be captured. How much longer these will continue is unknown, but we are hoping that the roots will regrow next year to reward the heaviest of mulching. If not, it will be back to seed starting. Updated, the whole plant is now toasted, or mushified, as the last frost took care of those two hanging in there blooms. At least they got to be included for bloom day. A seed pod was picked in hopes of viable seeds, but we believe it was much too green. The original seed packet was found to still contain a few seeds that will be sown now in the greenhouse.

Feeling rather smug about the Cobaea, we saunter along the gravel and wooden post path towards the front, passing by what is referred to as the flat bed, that used to be the gravel driveway for the house next door. It is a tough condition for growing things in that compacted stony soil, but the dianthus likes the alkalinity and has self seeded among itself to produce various flower colors and forms. We do sprinkle the wood ash remains from the Thanksgiving fires in the little firebowl here to lime it up even more. The solitary bloom grabs the eye of the camera.

Onward past the arborvitae hedge that separates the back from the front, we check under the tall pine trees to see if the Camellia sasanqua ‘Chansonette’, which means little song, (thanks Linda!) has any intact blooms. It does, and there are even more buds that look unharmed. A good thing.

In the harsher climate of the front gardens, they are more exposed and the lowest land of the Fairegarden, the unknown Geranium is sputtering out the odd bloom here and there. Even with a bended ear, the blueish coloring brightens our day, yet another without sunshine.

In the same area the Oxeye Daisy, Chrysanthemum leucantheum is a tough pioneer wildflower. This is one plant that will bloom at times in all twelve months of the year. Most get ripped out for it is a promiscuous seeder, but some are always left to provide the cheering daisy face on dreary days.

Time for a reality check. This long shot of the front garden shows we are not exactly awash in flowers, as the macros above might suggest. The daisies by the mailbox are the most floriferous plants at the moment. The winterberry hollies are brilliant if not blooming.

Returning to the back gardens via the circular driveway, the still unidentified yellow button mum is noticed at the end of the muhly bed.

This long shot shows that the previous statement about the daisies having the most blooms is erroneous. The floppy late blooming long lasting mum has been woven up into the young crepe myrtle stems to best effect. The muhly still is attractive though fading.

Hiking back up the paths, we search for undamaged Rosemary flowers. It is interesting how the frost will fry one flower while one right next to it will remain unscathed. The blue flowers of the rosemary are said to get their hue from being brushed by Mary’s cloak as she rode the donkey to Bethlehem, turning them from white to blue.

Vastly underrated and underused are the wallflowers. Erysimum cheiri ‘Cloth Of Gold’ has self seeded prodigiously in the gravel paths by the original seed grown plantings. The young ones showing the most promise are spread to other beds. This one is in a walled planter, somewhat protected by larger evergreen perennials. The intense color is so very welcome at this time of year. It seems to laugh in the face of frost.

Another fearless in the battle against the icy fingers is Rosa ‘Fairy Queen’. There are not enough words to enthuse about the blooming properties of this small rose. Our first was a gift from daughter Semi, who has three tightly planted bushes in her garden that never stop blooming, with zero care as prescribed by the Semi-Piet style. Ours was planted in a poor place initially and was moved to better soil a couple of years later. It blossomed and another was added when spotted at a local nursery. Do seek this one out.

Situated at the base of a large Sambucus ‘Aurea’ next to the garage, this marked down container of kale and mums among others from the big box store surprised us with the reddish flower. Microclimates can help continue blooming of hardy souls.

Showing what happens when the liquid in the veins of flowers goes below freezing, this Geum borisii ‘Tango Boris’ still is holding good color. We were on a thing a couple of years ago collecting geums after buying this one at the big box store. A few more were added and they will get a post of their own at some point in time. This does seem an off time for blooming however.

For outdoor winter color it is impossible to find anything more cheering than the violas. Several flats of various colorways were planted this fall. They will bloom in all but the very coldest of winter temps and come spring, the expanded root system will support masses of flowers unequaled by spring planted ones.

Pulling back we see the reconstructed rock wall by the path from the lower deck. Since this area is what is gazed upon as the computer keys are tapped, it gets the best of the best in the way of plantings. The blood grass is still showing some red and the dying daylily foliage is turning an attractive golden. Fallen maple leaves have tucked themselves among the growing things, providing insulation from pesky weather. There are other things in bloom, but these are the best photos and as always, that is what gets shown for the special day known as Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, invented by the lovely Carol of May Dreams. Now, have we forgotten anything?

Oh yes. There is this orchid blooming in the greenhouse. Paphiopedilum Quasky #3 x Quasky #4. Once entered in a beauty pageant with embarrassing results, it is blooming several months early this year. Thanks for the memories, Quasky, my dear. And Carol. πŸ™‚

All images for this post were taken with a Canon Powershot A720 IS, our old camera.


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43 Responses to Searching For December Bloom Day

  1. I am still in love with those winterberrys. I must start researching in January to see where I can purchase them.
    You still have so much colour, I am envious. All white in Owen Sound.

    Thanks Deborah, the winterberries are having a good year. I saw some birds on them yesterday though, so the berries may be disappearing sooner than usual. Our weather has been erratic to say the least. Forestfarm carries them, but you might be able to do better pricewise elsewhere. That snow cover is such a nice insulation for the plants, ours have to struggle with cold then hot then cold, critters and heaving out of the ground. We need to mulch but have not had time. That is number one on the list after the holidays.

  2. Randy says:

    Looks like you did pretty good for the time of year! All we have left is pansies, violas and 2 different camellias in bloom.

    Thanks Randy. The garden as a whole has interest, but it does not come from blooms. Our camellias are all Chansonette. We need more and your Yuletide has caught my eye. I never think of them in spring when they are best planted here. Must remedy that! πŸ™‚

  3. Your garden still looks quite alive compared to my garden this fine December morning. I see blooms all over the place in Fairegarden. Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

    Thanks Carol. Blooms are not all over the place, but certain colorful foliage and grasses make for some winter interest. Now the orchids on the other hand…. πŸ™‚

  4. Darla says:

    You did well finding some blooms for GBBD. The long shot of your front garden has an array of color, lovely!

    Thanks Darla. We do have color here in the winter with berries, twigs and foliage. We need more! The front garden may be getting rearranged soon, part of it anyway. πŸ™‚

  5. Les says:

    You hare a fair amount to show us from the Fairegarden. I appreciate that you pulled the camera back and gave us a few larger pictures. Even if blooms don’t dominate the garden, you still have color and texture. Happy GBBD!

    Thanks Les. The long view needs to be shown, and we are trying to do more of that. Certain parts of the garden look pretty good in the winter, others not so much. Always a work in progress. :-), right Catherine?

  6. You have good reason to be smug about your Cobaea Frances… it is gorgeous… and such a generous bloomer once happily settled, as it surely is in your garden. I love your little violas and would be so happy to have a carpet like yours, but alas it would be covered under a cold blanket of snow. Lovely to see your Paphs so close up… I can nearly feel the texture. Off note… did you say you have a Cannon 7D? Maybe your other camera? Carol

    Hi Carol, thanks so much. The poor Cobaea foliage is droopy and sad. It should be pulled but maybe nature will take care of that for me with wind and the elements. At least there is something on the arbor now, rather than bare wood. There are young roses that will hopefully fill in one day, but nothing could have covered that arbor in one season like the Cobaea. Seeds will be set to soak today for sowing tomorrow. If I can remember! My cameras are the old Canon Powershot A720 for the macros and Canon Powershot SX1 IS for the zooms and long shots. This info has been added to the About Me widget on the sidebar. There are often questions about the cameras and I should have put this up long ago. Thanks for reminding me. πŸ™‚

  7. Even at this time of year you manage to find beauty in bloom around your garden. The only thing we have blooming here right now is snowflakes and ice crystals. It’s cold!!!

    Thanks Heather. We would love to see some ice crystals here, briefly of course. We have had none of the normal hoarfrost that photographs so well as yet. But there is winter interest here and oh so few blooms. No complaints though. That is what the greenhouse is for, winter blooms on the orchids. πŸ™‚

  8. Jealous! I’m already resorting to the greenhouses at work because I have exactly nothing blooming outside.
    I’m excited to see you mention Erysimum — I’ve decided to try them next year. They look like so much fun!

    Hi Joseph, HA. You are lucky to have those greenhouses at work. I remember going to a nursery at our first TN home and just hanging around the greenhouses to get some whiffs of soil and growing plants and gaze at the pansy flowers. It fed the soul. Do try those Erysimums, they are fabulous! I wish they were easier to find at the nurseries. I need to try more seeds of others besides Cloth Of Gold. We always want more, don’t we? πŸ™‚

  9. Kanak says:

    Still an array of colourful blooms in December. Incredible shots! I like your close-ups. Ms. Unknown Geranium is very pretty! Gorgeous kale too!

    Thanks Kanak. There are very few flowers, but nice foliage interest in the winter garden here, along with colorful stems and berries. The kale is so photogenic, love those crinkly leaves. πŸ™‚

  10. Even my last Ox-Eye Daisy is mush. 26 degrees this morning. What I need to do today before it is too late if it isn’t already is collect seeds of the Verbena bonariensis to sow come spring.

    You have done pretty well finding remnant blooms in December.

    Thanks Christopher. Those daisies are amazing, aren’t they? The current blooms can turn to mush, but the buds survive to still produce flowers after hard frosts. Try sowing some of the verbena in the gravel, that is where most of mine show up by themselves.

  11. gittan says:

    Hi Frances, brr it’s cold here as well. I think it’s about 35 degrees. And I don’t even want to go outside since there’s something… peculiar… white stuff… falling from the sky. I don’t know what it is and when it hits the ground it just vanish! I dont understand… You still have some flowers in your garden, amazing! I’m only abel to find one single plant blooming and that’s one of my Helleborus. Now I’ll better wrap all those christmas gifts before our doughter comes from school. Have a nice day / Warm kram gittan

    Hi Gittan, thanks for visiting. Wonderful that your daughter is coming home, I know you will be so glad to have her there. Snow that vanishes is a good thing sometimes. πŸ™‚

  12. Gail says:

    Frances, Good morning! Yippee for microclimates so we can have alittle bloom in December I must admit your Cobaea scandens is such a delightful surprise…I thought for sure it would be mushy toast after the weather extremes we’ve had. Add to list. Like you, I don’t think there are enough gardens with Fairy Queen. She is a wonderful bloomer and despite loosing her leaves kept blooming. I am so hoping the wall flower you gave me survives. Thank you again! Have a sweet day out there~Brr….it’s too cold to garden. gail

    Hi Gail, thanks. Microclimates rule! I fear for the hardiness of the cobaea and am starting seeds now. I hope the year old seeds will germinate, maybe we need to get some fresh ones just in case, for this is a plant worth standing on your head to get to grow. Fairy Queen, enough good things cannot be said about her toughness and beauty. I need to get more wallflowers seeds too. Looks like an order coming up! Stay warm. I was out all day yesterday, it may not happen today. πŸ™‚

  13. Frances you have quite a few blooms still shining! I should have peeked at our dianthus to see if there were any blooms but just assumed they would wait until spring. The heath is blooming here but that is pretty much all.

    Thanks for stopping by, Dave. The dianthus that have firewitch in the bloodline are the most likely to throw a mid winter bloom out on warmer days. Some of these plants are confused by the warm, cold, warm cycle. Today, it is nothin’ but cold! I didn’t even check the heaths for some reason. So many were taken out last year, but there are still several that might be blooming. I must do better.

  14. Rose says:

    Frances, your garden is a great example of gardening for four seasons of interest. Even if you had no blooms today, the Japanese blood grass and the winterberries add color to the scene. The blooms are an added bonus. I’ve been surprised at how tough Dianthus is, but mine finally gave up along with the pansies when the temps reached the teens last week. Still no snow here, but it’s too darned cold for anything to bloom! I will have to look for “Fairy Queen.”

    Thanks so much, Rose. We have worked on that winter interest thing for several years now. Still more work to be done, of course, there always is. Our temps have not gotten nearly that low, but with the wind chill today, well let’s just say there will be no gardening today like there was all day yesterday. Do look for Fairy Queen, it is a winner! πŸ™‚

  15. ourfriendben says:

    Gorgeous, Frances! But I fear my favorite is the oxeye daisy, I’ve never managed to establish them here and, well, one hates to succumb to jealousy, but… sigh…

    Thanks OFB. That daisy is a trooper, and there are seedlings cropping up everywhere that get composted. I would be glad to share. I will try to remember next spring.

  16. It seems kind of weird to see reindeer Christmas decorations in the same shot as blooming Daisies. I love the Wallflower. It looks so fresh and cheery. I’m a new convert to them and will be getting more next year.

    I had to go look at that shot, MMD, to see the reindeer, you are an eagle eye! Thanks. The wallflowers have proven to be quite good garden plants, although they can get very leggy and straggly. They need some groundcover neighbors to hide the stems. There are many seedlings in the gravel, but trying to get them to self sow in the beds has not been as successful. This year I really am going to sow straight into gravel, really. πŸ™‚

  17. Jean says:

    So interesting to see your Ox-eye daisies blooming. I have one bloom on mine and I thought that was an anomaly. They’re new for me this year, thus my ignorance. Although they bloomed for a long time in the spring and early summer, only a onesy-twosy bloom was seen thereafter. I also didn’t realize it would reseed, so we’ll have to see how that goes! Happy Bloom Day!

    Thanks Jean, and the same back at ya! The daisies are so cheering, but can take over if you don’t watch out. The evergreen rosettes are quite pretty and can be moved around on warmer winter days. They do not move well in the hotter months, but most things don’t. Good luck with many happy years of daisy blooms! πŸ™‚

  18. marmee says:

    you still have quite a bit blooming. love the first blooms..hope you are enjoying the season…we have been crazy busy…so not much time for blogging.
    happy december.

    Hi Marmee, so nice to see you, thanks. We are super busy as well, my posts are not as thorough as they could be, but that will change after the holidays. Have a wonderful Christmas with your beloved family. πŸ™‚

  19. I love reading everyone’s December GBBD posts. It is almost like joining them for a treasure hunt, looking for blooms. Yours are beautiful. I hope some hang around for January!

    Hi Noelle, thanks. Treasure hunt is right! Our weather has been abnormal this year. Who knows what January will bring? πŸ™‚

  20. Hi Frances

    Another cheeky shot of the Cobaea!

    I’ve just read the Arbour post. Looks superb!

    I bet you were over the moon, a vertical space to play with.

    It barely got above freezing today in this corner of France, so nothing much is blooming.

    It won’t be so long till your hellebores bloom.
    I still remember your ‘hellebores-r-us’ post.

    Hi Rob, thanks. Your comments really make my day! I appreciate your going back to read the arbor post and remembering the hellebores too. I will have to put on my thinking cap for an angle this year, number three in writing about them. It has been so cold, I am afraid to cut the old foliage off the hellebores but the new growth is up and large already. It will be a tough call to determine when to do it. The iris retics are already up! Hooray for spring. πŸ™‚

  21. Kathleen says:

    Hi Frances. Your garden is always a surprise ~ so many hangers-on for bloom day. You must be another gardener that has blooms all twelve months of the year? I was waiting for that last photo! It’s gorgeous. My first & only paph is getting closer and closer to opening. I can hardly stand it ~ wouldn’t it be the best present if it opened on Christmas day? At least you know the Cobaea starts so easily from seed, it won’t be a problem to replace it for next year. Stay warm. Once again, I forgot about GBBD and posted some chocolate instead. πŸ™‚
    ps Did you change the font size on your blog? It seems much smaller or are my eyes just tired today??

    Thanks Kathleen, it is a surprise for me as well. We should be able to have at least one sad bloom every month of the year here, if we look hard enough. I hope your paph opens for Christmas. You can speed it up by moving it to a warmer place, but cooler temps make the flowers last longer. I started some leftover Cobaea seeds today on the heat mat. That is what I used last year so figured to do the same again. As for that font size, I think the comment font is smaller than the posts. Take care of yourself. πŸ™‚

  22. Kathleen says:

    Oh, once I hit “submit” for my comment, font size returned to normal. Maybe operator error on my part?

    Glad it is okay now. Who knows what is going on. I am barely keeping my head above water these days.

  23. Anna says:

    Enjoyed strolling around your garden in December Frances – thanks for the tour. I have made a note to send off for some cobaea seeds. I grew it many moons ago but was disappointed. I think that I probably sowed it too late so must have another go.

    Thanks Anna, for coming along. We sowed some leftover seeds from last year today after a two hour soak in lukewarm water. I even used a thermometer for the water to get it just right. I used a heat mat for the seeds last year and am doing that again as well. The Cobaea did not flower until August, but had filled the space on the large arbor, giving shade and privacy. The flowers were a bonus and there were loads of them right up until a couple of days ago. If this vine returns I will be overjoyed, but am sowing seeds just in case it doesn’t. πŸ™‚

  24. Nell Jean says:

    Yours is the second Bloom Day blog in which I saw Rosemary blooming. I ran outside in the cold wind to see if there were any little blue blossoms on mine. None. Rosemary is so easy to root and I love the fragrance.

    Hi Nell Jean, thanks for visiting. The rosemary blooms in late fall into winter, always. The cold snaps do not seem to affect the blooming either. We also have one that blooms white, much too difficult to photograph, but still attractive. These are from Lowe’s sold with the herbs in spring in small pots. They quickly grow into large shrubs, a real bargain. The flowers seem to be on the parts that don’t get pruned, if that is any help. πŸ™‚

  25. Wow, frances, you sure have a lot of blooms left. I’d have been smug about the Cobaea, too! Good thing you didn’t stop there, though. Happy belated bloom day!

    Hi Monica, thanks. We had a few things, but not many and the days have been so gloomy that taking photos was difficult. But we managed and are thankful for what was found. πŸ™‚

  26. Joanne says:

    Well surprisingly a lot still flowering even after your recent cold spell

    Hi Joanne, thanks. We had a few things. Your frosty garden really was amazing however. Wonderful captures of it too. πŸ™‚

  27. Your garden is still quite beautiful The orchid is lovely – I think it should have won that beauty pageant! I also like the cobaea; I hope it survives the winter.

    Thanks so much Deborah. I appreciate your support for the orchid. It is one of the more exotic ones with a very long bloom period. As for the cobaea, it will be a real surprise if it regrows, but seeds were sown today from last year’s packet as a precaution.

  28. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You have so much still blooming Frances. It is hard to believe. The little oxeye daisy is the most surprising. I think it looks so summery.

    Thanks Lisa. That daisy is so cheering. It pops up everywhere. We allow it to bloom then pull most of the plants, or there would be nothing besides them growing here. They are nice by the mailbox in the front. πŸ™‚

  29. joey says:

    I plainly see you are still surrounded in beauty, dear Frances, and I’m in awe … especially viewing your photos on my new iMac … WOW!

    Thanks Joey, so nice to see you. Happy Mac time! πŸ™‚

  30. Town Mouse says:

    Happy bloom day Frances! What a wonderful collection of blooms, especially the Viola face. So cheerful.

    Hi Town Mouse, thanks so much. The violas are just too sweet. I always think, why didn’t we add more?, no matter how many we get in the fall. I wonder if it’s too late? HA πŸ™‚

  31. Teresa says:

    Wow! Aren’t you lucky to find blooms in your garden. We have a bunch of that cold white stuff, that although really pretty this time of year, it doesn’t offer the thrill of a flower blooming. Luckily I can visit your blog to live vicariously until spring time. Happy Holidays

    Hi Teresa, thanks. We did have to search for those, and most all are gone now, but might return with the warm temps forecast for today. Our weather is always so up and down, it plays tricks on the poor plants. Do visit anytime you need a flower fix. I recommend the summer posts for the best color though. HA πŸ™‚

  32. chuck b. says:

    Ah, so it ends with the cup and saucer vine for 2009. You are a champion seed sower; I have doubt you’ll have it again if you want it.

    Really though, annual renewal might be just the thing. It’s a vigorous beast. I am losing control of mine.

    Hi Chuck, thanks so much. I got lucky with that cobaea, it is true. Leftover seeds have been sown and now we wait. If we can get them to germinate, that will be great. If not, we will get fresh seed. We might order some more anyway as the seed catalogs are being poured over now, instead of cleaning the house to get ready for throngs of company coming beginning today into New Year’s. I can see how this vine is a thug in certain places. I got a comment the last time it was shown chastising me for having it since it was outlawed as an invasive in New Zealand. It would have been invasive here, were it not for the freeze sensitivity. You must have to do a lot of pruning to keep yours from grabbing humans on the deck and steps. But it is so pretty! πŸ™‚

  33. Grace says:

    Hi Frances~~ I’m impressed with your many December blooms. Did you notice ‘Fairy Queen’ is also blooming in Gail’s garden? Beautiful!

    Hi Grace, thanks. Gail and I both happen to have Fairy Queen, not intentionally though. It does well in both of our diverse conditions even though we are in the same state. Our garden conditions are not the same at all. This is a rose worth seeking out. πŸ™‚

  34. Susie says:

    I love the beautiful color of that Camellia & the cheery little faces of the pansies. You still have quite a few blooms…impressive.

    Hi Susie, thanks. Those two plants can be counted on for blooms most winters. Our temps have not gotten below the high 20s, yet, but that will happen before the winter is over. But bulbs are showing already, it makes my heart sing with anticipation for what will be coming soon enough. πŸ™‚

  35. andrΓ© says:

    I would say that’s a lot of flowers being December! Here, our gardens are totally covered by snow now… Perhaps, spring will come some day.

    Thanks Andre, so nice to see you. Spring will come, we are already seeing bulbs poking their heads up here. I bet yours are growing under that snow insulating cover as well. It is so exciting just thinking about spring. Must get through these year end holidays first though. HA πŸ™‚

  36. commonweeder says:

    We have a fortunate snow cover, just in time for the most bitter temperatures so far. It is always such a joy to wander through your garden with its magical long season – magically captured with your photography.

    Thanks Pat. I am so glad for your snow cover, it makes those plants underneath so cozy and happy. I appreciate your kind words. πŸ™‚

  37. Dear Frances, I would like to wish you and your family a very happy christimas and may next year brings much blessings to you all.
    Searching for some flowers in your garden looks like you have no killing frost at all, itΒ΄s so nice to see how some lovelies survive!!
    Muchos cariΓ±os
    Maria Cecilia

    Dear Maria, thank you so much for those sweet wishes, and the same back to you and yours! We have had killing frosts now and the Cobaea looks awful, but seeds for new ones have been started in the greenhouse to do it all over again next year, we hope. πŸ™‚

  38. Catherine says:

    That’s quite a few flowers you’ve got! I really had to scour my yard to find two πŸ™‚ I like Quasky!

    Thanks Catherine, it seems like a lot on this post, but the garden is really just foliage and dried flower stalks right now. Quasky is something, isn’t she/he? Such an unusual flower, even for the orchids. I waited ten years for it to rebloom after buying it in bloom. So glad for that patience, for it has bloomed every year since. I finally figured out what it wanted. πŸ™‚

  39. Frances, you did well for this late in the season. Nothing blooming here. Everything is hunkered down and waiting out winter.~~Dee

    Thanks Dee. We would be hard pressed to find much more in bloom now, and the Cobaea has bit the dust, even the protected parts. But there are still the orchids, and more are in bud in the greenhouse to help us get through the bloomless times. πŸ™‚

  40. leavesnbloom says:

    Your photos are beautiful – I love your curly leafed heuchera btw and my favourite is your slipper orchid – a wonderful close up! but really to be honest it is a hard choice choosing a favourite.

    Hi Leaves, thanks so much and welcome. I had to go back and look for a heuchera, not remembering one in this post. I believe it is the rebor kale you are referring to, a wonderful winter accent plant here. The orchid is a favorite, so exotic! πŸ™‚

  41. Lola says:

    Loved the stroll with you Frances. Saw quite a bit of blooming yet. Love the Blood Grass with the blue. What happened to the pumpkin that was hanging in the hose?

    Thanks for going along, Lola. I always love when you travel the garden with me. The pumpkin was brought into the cool mudroom, legs untied from the arbor of the fishnets. It remains encased in the hosiery, but is safe from the destructive frost. I am hoping to throw it out next spring to grow from the seeds, if they are viable. πŸ™‚

  42. Hi Frances~
    Your garden still has so many pretty blossoms at this time of year. The cup and saucer vine is just lovely! Wishing you a Happy Holiday!

    Hi Karrita, thanks and happy holidays to you too. The flowers are hard to find here, if any, outside, but the orchids in the greenhouse are just coming into their own. We have started new seeds, well old seeds, but new starting of the Cobaea to try for a repeat performance. πŸ™‚

  43. Lola says:

    Hi Frances,
    I just wanted to let you know that I just dropped a pie pumpkin {it was getting a little decayed} in the flower/veggie bed & the seeds have sprouted already. I doubt they will do anything but will watch & see.

    How exciting, Lola! I hope you get some action there. The seeds already sprouting are reason for hope! Do let me know how things develop. πŸ™‚

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