Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and Foliage Follow Up

My two favorite memes about gardening are Garden Bloggers Bloom Day brought to you by Carol at May Dreams Garden and Foliage Follow Up brought to you by Pam at Digging.
These two memes are great for seeing what is Blooming in your garden each month and to make  you think about what else is important when blooms aren't happening such as this time of year or times between blooming seasons.

This time of year I look inside for any blooms. This 'Black Truffles' Begonia is one of two bloomers I have. The small begonia shaped bloom has polka dots on it. You have to look closely to see them. To do so in this picture you can click on the picture to make it larger. This Begonia is beautiful even when it isn't blooming. The dark Chocolate whirling leaves with limey green veins and maroon red undersides look good all year long. 
My old faithful orchid is starting to bloom too. It is such fun to have these pretty delicate looking blooms on these dark winter days. 
The Christmas tree is sporting some blooms too. Of course the Christmas rose and 
my one and only poinsetta continues to bloom year after year with no particular treatment of so many hours of darkness etc as real poinsettas need. This one actually gets months of darkness. 
I hope you are all zipping around enjoying the holidays. Try to stop and at least look at the flowers and foliage that grace your house and garden. Cheers.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Garden Bloggers Bloom and Foliage Day - October 2014

It has come to that time of year when you look around my garden and it looks rusty. Most everything is finished blooming and what blooms are still evident are either shriveled or rusted. Such as the collection of hydrangeas. 

This Nikko Blue has put up one last small bloom. It is most appreciated even though it is only about as big as a tennis ball. That bright blue shines from across the garden.
This Nikko Blue, well as you can see, it decided that at this time of year it perfered to be Pink. I can't argue with it at this time. It deserves to be as it wishes since all season there rest of the blossoms were blue.
Yes, the regular fall blooms are still at it such as the mums, asters, and toad lilies. I have written about them just lately so I won't take you there.
The Filipendula 'Kakome' has been a little trouper this fall. I didn't realize it was a fall bloomer but it has been blooming it's head off. I want to track down some more of these little darlings and plant them. 
The few annuals, Wax begonias,  I have are quite happy with all the rain and cool weather. They show no signs of slowing down.  
The autumn fern is taking on the colors of fall. 
The Coral Bark Japanese Maple is turning to that limey green I like to see.
This varigated hydrangea, that I can't think of the name now, is looking quite nice in the gloom of wet weather as is the varigated ivy with a smattering of colorful red foliage from the  Virginia Creeper. 
For more blooms go to Carol's May Dreams Garden and for the foliage round up head over to Pam's at Digging.