Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for December 2016.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, any thoughts I had that Fall would really last forever have been blown away by the cold chills and snow of Winter.
I was grateful we were spared the big snowfall that fell north of us this past weekend, but that "sparing" didn't last long as we got a decent pile of snow dumped on us a few days ago.
I measured about the three inches of the white stuff. The picture to the right was taken at day break just as the snow started to fall. By mid-day, we were covered.
But on to the blooms. As you will see, I took these pictures the day before it snowed.
One plant that needs no snow cover is the hardy Christmas Rose, Helleborus niger. I've been checking the buds on the variety 'Josef Lemper' and expect on the next sunny day, those buds will open.
Next to it is another variety 'Cinnamon Snow'.
There were several seedlings under 'Josef Lemper' this summer, so I transplanted some of them out to grow on.
Nearby, the last of the autumn crocuses appear to be caught in the act by the cold. It's buried in snow now.
Elsewhere in the garden the last of the violas are also shivering in the cold.
Since it is so cold outside, and now snowy, I have to get my gardening fix indoors.
I just potted up an amarylis, a double-flowering pink and white variety called 'Nymph',
Until they bloom, I will continue to enjoy the blooms of the euphorbia commonly called Crown of Thorns.
What's blooming in your garden on this cold December day? We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and show us. It's easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what's blooming in your garden on or about the 15th of the month. Then come here and leave a comment to tell us what blooms you've got to show us and put a link in the Mr. Linky widget to make it easier for us to find you.
And remember always, "We can have flowers nearly every month of the year." ~ Elizabeth Lawrence