Extended Season ~
Category: Zuzu's Bloomin' Blog
| Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 11:02 pm
December 1st - and it already looks and feels like winter in many places.
While I'm excited for the folks who enjoy the crisp, snowy days,
I must confess that I feel very fortunate to be enjoying
some lovely flowers which bloom in my garden in late fall, instead.
The sasanqua Camellias are only now beginning to bloom in earnest.
Their flowers seem much too delicate to tolerate
the nightly low temperatures and the occasional morning frosts.
But, each day more and more of them unfold their graceful petals,
exhibiting a wide array of forms and colors.
The blooms of this double lavender variety,
remind me of Peony flowers,
here's a dark pink double,
a frilly white double,
and a neat, bright pink
This big Camellia tree near the street in my front yard has very simple, single pink and white flowers, but it is one of my favorites, all the same,
and the bees clearly approve, too,
visiting it's fragrant flowers regularly.
Beneath it grow my wonderful Encore Azaleas,
which bloom in the spring,
but, happily, they also bloom now, in the late autumn.
Meanwhile, many of my tropical plants
have joined my orchids,
sheltering in the glasshouse, waiting for spring to return.
This is also where most of the cuttings,
which I'm growing for next spring's garden,
are rooting, some in water, some in pots, and some in trays.
The floor is as crowded as the shelves.
The orchids seem happy enough to share their space,
blooming away quite merrily,
perhaps they are dreaming of life in a tropical paradise . . .
. . . I know that I am!
Ask the cabana boy
to bring me another Margarita when you see him, will you?
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