Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra
It’s time for Bloom Day again, and…um, Daniel dearest, there’s no need to look so bored. I’m sure I can find something to show. Yes, I realize that the weather has been uncooperative; I too have been slogging through the recent snow, ice, slush, rain, and mud (though, granted, I don’t have to do it in bare feet, as you and your brother do). Why, look at that: some gorgeous flowers right next to me, on the ‘Washington Park’ witch hazel (Hamamelis vernalis):
What’s that, son? Oh, all right; for the sake of complete honesty, I’ll show what the whole plant looks like too. (Spoilsport.)
Let’s see what else I can find…
Yep, over here is good old ‘Golden Starlet’ heather (Erica carnea), which featured in all of my winter Bloom Day posts last year and which has been budded up since mid-October this year. Still, there aren’t many days when it’s comfortable to get low enough to get a good closeup. Here’s the view from normal height.
Let’s see…what else?
‘Angelina’ sedum (Sedum rupestre) always looks nice up close this time of year, even if the garden as a whole is weedy and waterlogged.
The relatively mild weather we had in November brought out a few brave hellebore blooms, like this one…
But it’s hard to see them, because I’m not about to cut back the foliage until mid- to late February.
There are even a few blooms left above ground level, on the goldflame honeysuckle (Lonicera x heckrottii)…
Even though the vines themselves are a mess.
The ‘Swift Creek’ privet (Ligustrum) across the path still looks nice up close:
And it’s not too bad even from a few steps away.
From the end of the path, though, it looks kind of scrappy, as does a nearby cardoon (Cynara cardunculus).
The cardoon wants its closeup before we move on.
Out in the shrubbery, the ‘Winter Gold’ and ‘Winter Red’ winterberries (Ilex verticillata) are looking luscious.
Or are they? Mmmm…maybe not so much.
On the other hand, the ‘Bud’s Yellow’ dogwood (Cornus sericea) looks rather nice, even from a distance.
But it’s even prettier up close. That’s a lot of color power for this time of year.
I think I’m going to stop there, because I can’t do much better than that on this December Bloom Day. To see what’s looking good in other gardens around the world, visit Carol’s Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens.
The End. (And what a cute end it is too, Duncan.)