Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - December 2009

Carol at May Dreams Gardens remindes us that each month we could have something blooming in our garden if we plan it just right.  Ha...in my zone 6b garden I can tell you that I don't have anything left blooming.  Evidence being this last rose in the garden. It looks like crumpled tissue paper after the bitter cold of  last week.

This doesn't mean that my garden has shut down totally though. I was happy to see that the Arum was up and seemingly multiplying.  I think this plant is just amazing how it dies back to the ground every summer when it gets hot and dry.  Then when you think nothing is going on in the garden you walk out and find these gorgeous healthy looking green leaves poking out of the ground.  They don't mind snow either.


Also getting in on some early winter growing are the Hellebores.  As soon as all the leaves were off the trees they had a growing spurt.  I can't wait for their blooms to start showing up.


There are a few berries left in the garden.  This small clump of holly berries...

and a small clump of berries left on the honeysuckle.  Obviously this picture was taken on a different day when we had a little sunshine.  There is actually an unopened bud of a flower left on this honeysuckle.  The wind was blowing too much and it was tucked into the vines to get a decent photo.

The very tippy tips of the beauty berry bush still has a few berries.  The birds are too heavy to get on the ends of the limbs to pick these off. 

So if you are one of those gardeners that has blooms in your garden year round and would like to share your observances of them please go to Carol's blog and add yourself to Mr Linky so we can see what we in the colder places are missing.  Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day to all.

29 comments:

Gail said...

Lisa, Happy Bloom Day! The very cold weather we've all had recently is a reminder that it is December! I love Beautyberry and had wondered why there were so many berries left on them ~~I think you're right the branches are too thin to hold even the smallest birds. Have a fun day. gail

fairegarden said...

Hi Lisa, good for you getting outside. The berries are so pretty, interesting what you say about the tip berries on the beautyberries and the birds. That way you get to enjoy them longer too. I believe that indoor things blooming count too for this special garden blogger day. :-)
Frances

Sunita said...

Those berries definitely look very photogenic! I wish we had beauty berries in India.
We seem to have the same problem (almost) with roses. Except, here they wilt because of the heat but they still look like crumpled tissue paper :P

Toni said...

Lisa like you I live in a climate where snow takes over the blooms. I was amazed this year to have black eye susans blooming till just a week ago. Love seeing your garden photos.

Carol said...

Lisa your berries and green foliage are very cheery to this bloomless gardener. Though I love feeding the birds from my shrubberies it is great when they leave a few... out of reach ... for awhile.

Rose said...

Lisa, it's good to see something actually growing in the garden in this frigid weather! I've been amazed by my hellebores, too, and can't wait to see them bloom later. Love all your berries--how nice of the birds to leave a few for us to enjoy!

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Nice to see those happy berries still festooning plants at your place, Lisa. We're having the almighty drearies here so I'm not going outdoors, but I'm going to participate in Bloom Day for a change...you've all encouraged me!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Lisa that rose did look like crumpled paper ! .. I love seeing the berries .. I am waiting for my beauty bush to have berries some year .. but the colour (Dream catcher) is gorgeous most of the time. Some how red berries make things feel more Xmasy ?
Joy ;-)

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

The Holly berries are perfect for December. It's a good thing squirrels don't like Beautyberry. They clip the ends off the branches when they can't reach the crabapples on my tree.

Cicero Sings said...

I do love hellebores but it will be a LONG time yet before I see any blooms from them.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I have nothing blooming under all the snow cover. The birds missed lots of berries here too. Maybe some will remain for the migrations in the spring.

Susan said...

Your rose does indeed look sad, but the berries and greenery are very holidayish!

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa.....I love Arums (I think we have had this conversation before). A fascinating plant.

I think a lot of us rely on berries for winter colour.
I have had fieldfare and redwings in the garden today feeding on them....still did not get a photograph. Aaaaaaaahhh

garden girl said...

Happy Bloom Day Lisa. I love beautyberries - maybe next year will be the year I finally plant one here. I love the holly berries too. They're pretty, and it's so nice to have food for the birds growing in the garden.

katie jane said...

You're good at finding anything left blooming. My garden has pulled up the covers and gone to sleep for the winter. My Hellebores looks full and green, but I have never seen it bloom.
I do see those berry bushes around town and they do give a bit of color to the season.

peter said...

if you are looking for more detailed information on USDA plant hardiness zones, there is an interactive USDA plant hardiness zone map at http://www.plantmaps.com/usda_hardiness_zone_map.php which will allow you to locate your USDA zone based on zipcode or city.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Yes, we're hard-pressed to find any blooms, but I love your berries, especially the beautyberries!

cyndy said...

Always fun to see what is blooming in your Garden, Lisa!

Those berries do look festive ;-)

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
I am always amazed at what is "blooming" after many very cold days. I have lots of berries still. The Crab trees are full.
Hope you are having a delightful December.
Happy Holidays to you and yours,
Sherry

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Nothing here my dear. Just lots of dead-ish looking foliage. All my roses lost their petals in the 7F weather and who could blame them. :) Happy Bloom Day.~~Dee

Christopher C. NC said...

Lisa you have reminded me to go see if the Arum has poked out of the ground yet. We need more berries here because we are on the direct path through the mountains of many migrating birds. They have plenty of Black Cherry trees in the forest and go nuts on those.

SandyCarlson said...

These photos are really lovely. I love that tired rose. I would love to see color all year. What a challenge for me, Mrs. Brown Thumb!

Marvin said...

Finding blooms this time of year is a challenge, but your brightly colored berries are a great substitute.

Bren said...

Oh the poor rose at the top... but think of the BLOOMS she will bring once again in the summer!
Happy Holidays!

SandyCarlson said...

Mmm.....I love the colors here.

Judy Butler said...

So many lovely posts. I have not visited in a while. Love your garden. Yes, we also had things blooming till the first week in Dec. What an unusual summer and fall. Now the winter has blasted in. Thank you for your faithful comments on my blog. I so appreciate you. Much affection, Judy

Deb said...

Sending Holiday Wishes to you & sweet Luna! Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas ♥

Naturegirl said...

Lisa: I want to stop by and thank you for the support and encouragement that you regularly give to me as I battle my cancer. You have lifted my spirits more than once..you touch my heart with your generous offerings.For this I am grateful.
I wish you every happiness that you deserve and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with peace love many blessings . love and light aNNa xo

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Just stopping by on Christmas Eve to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a delightful New Year. Thank you for a fabulous year of beautiful photography and amazing prose!