December Bloom Day

Nothing is blooming outside here in central New Hampshire (we’ve been snow-covered for a month), but as it happens I was away in Florida, Georgia, and Virginia for half of November and some of December, so I’m taking liberties with the meme and posting blooms from those warmer climes. I’m also taking liberties with the 15th of the month as the traditional Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day by posting this late, due to said travels + Christmas prep. Enjoy, especially you folks living in northern climes like I do.

VIRGINIA: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, flowers inside and a few still blooming outside: Orange and pink orchids; purple speckled white orchids; two-tone purple orchids; yellow chrysanthemum; purple beauty berry; pitcher plants; nandina (heavenly bamboo); chrysanthemum shrub; yellow and white slipper orchid.


GEORGIA: Jekyll Island: Crimson bottlebrush (Callistemon or Melaleuca citrina), Sea Ox-Eye (Borrichia frutescens), moss verbena (Verbena tenuisecta), narrowleaf silkgrass (Pityopsis graminifolia), sea lavender (Limonium carolinianum), monarch on lantana, oleander, pink azalea or rhododendron, prickly pear (Opuntia sp.), gulf fritillary butterfly on bidens, monarch on goldenrod, Lantana montevidensis, and another lantana.

Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden, near Savannah: Plants outside: Acacia (golden mimosa), iris (possibly “Cajun Love”); two variegated camellias; “Winter Fire” hybrid camellia; white camellia with yellow jacket inside; pink zinnia with skipper butterfly; giant leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum “Giganteum”); “Purple Diamond” Chinese fringeflower (Loropetalum chinense); pale pink fruit tree flower; azalea; pink and white camellia; very pale pink “Adalyn” camellia; pink “Autumn Sangria Encore” azalea; and a speckled pink-white-red camellia.

And orchids in the orchid house at CGBG:

Savannah, Georgia (other than CGBG): Inside a walled garden at Forsythe Park; ginger in one of the squares; pink camellia in a square; giant leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum “Giganteum”) in Warren Square; pink-and-white speckled azalea; sign about pollinator plants at Savannah Bee store on Broughton St; secret garden and patio.


FLORIDA: Fernandina Island, at a friend’s home, with lantana, lemons, oranges, et al.


Counting the days (about 120) until there are flowers blooming in my garden again.

GBBD is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.


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