Like many areas of the United States, we were hit with a blast of frigid air last week which brought low temperatures in the teens to my garden. Those temperatures caught these roses by surprise, judging by the state of these rosebuds.
These are the last of the bloom on the three Sunny Knock Out® roses (Rosa ‘Radsunny’) that I planted this past spring.
Around the corner from the roses, I found a lone blue flower on a stem of Vinca minor growing up close to the foundation of the house. Yes, that is chickweed growing with it!
Here the radiant heat comes off the brick to warm that spot up and fool that poor plant into blooming in December. But it isn’t truly a plant that is supposed to flower in December in Zone 5. Is there such a plant? One that blooms on purpose in December, because that’s its season of bloom?
If there is such a plant, I’d love to plant it in my garden, because I think that would be more true to the Elizabeth Lawrence quote, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year”.
Elsewhere in the garden I was pleasantly surprised to finally see some berries on the variegated coralberry, Symphricarpos orbiculatus ‘Taff’s Silver Edge’.
This is the coralberry that I almost dug out last summer because it is mostly just variegated foliage with tiny flowers that no one would notice. Admittedly, not many people will notice these berries unless they get right up next to the plant, but that’s okay if the birds like them.
I also have purple berries on some hardy beauty berry shrubs, Callicarpa dichotoma 'Issai'.
Eventually the birds should eat these berries, too, right after they dine on all the Viburnums.
And that’s pretty much all there is to show in my garden on this cold, dreary December day. I’ll save the few blooming indoor plants for January's bloom day when presumably there will be even less outside in my garden.
What's blooming in your garden on this fine December day? We'd love to see and hope you'll join in for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day by posting about what's blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month.
It's easy to participate! Just post about what's blooming in your garden, then leave a link to your post in the Mr. Linky widget below so we can find you. As a back up to Mr. Linky, you can also leave a comment to tell us a little about what we'll find in your December garden.
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"We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence