December Bloom Day--already! Truly, it boggles the mind. Are you getting older, too? That's a joke. Of course you are. So am I. (Didn't say it was a funny joke.)
Anyway, a possible upside to the imminent arrival of 2009: the solstice is only 6 days away. As upsides go, that one offers cold comfort. It always takes oh-so-much longer to crawl up out of winter darkness than it does to slide down in. They say April is the cruelest month, but for me it's February.
In the meantime we have Bloom Day. I wasn't thinking about Bloom Day when I took some pictures on Saturday. But yesterday it rained and today I have to work.
Wouldn't this picture of Tithonia diversifolia be much better if the whole background was blacked out? At some point I will learn to make scans like Craig at Ellis Hollow. (Actually, I'm surprised more of us have not tried doing that.) I'm holding the camera way over my head to take this picture, and using the vari-angle LCD to frame the shot. These flowers are 6' up.
I'm so pleased with this shrub, at least for the time being. It will require much pruning and shaping to stay in bounds, but I like that sort of challenge. The flowers are very fragrant and the foliage is groovy.
Up on the deck, the Hardenbergia violacea is starting to bloom.
I think it was a little farther along last year at this time. Here you can see all the beady threads as a sign of things to come.
And one more picture of it, just because December is a time of flower austerity.
And one gratuitious shot of lingering red leaves won't hurt anybody, either.
In the vegetable slash herb garden, the bright sun washes out the flowering spikes of Ocimum 'African Blue'. I guess I could learn how to dial down that glare a little bit.
A passionflower on long vines dangling off the bamboo.
If I had enormous piles of money, I would probably buy new chairs for the garden. This little spot needs something rounder, and more organic feeling. Alas, aesthetic garden seating cannot be a priority in austere times. A more suitable chair is a want not a need.
Even in times when I have nothing else to offer you, you seekers of blooms can always find this Abutilon. I weary of photographing it for Bloom Day, but it's my job and I have to do it.
Also blooming: Two Cuphea, Fuchsia boliviana 'Alba', Cobaea scandens, and Omphalodes cappadocica (just getting started). Also, an orange Agastache blooming in a pot on the roof.
If you want to spend this dark December day looking for flowers, then you should start your search at May Dreams Gardens.