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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

GBBD!

It's kind of strange to see fog like this at 3:30 in the afternoon. Now for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day which is hosted on the 15th of the month by Carol over at http://maydreamsgardens.blogspot.com/ . Thanks Carol!



One of our Christmas Balls on the front porch.
It's really hard this time of the year not to repeat bloomers...here is some of what I have to offer.

Painted Lady - Hibiscus
Blue Bedder Salvia started from seed with Pineapple Sage.

This is what we call Wild Lantana--we see this particular one growing in the woods.

My Impatiens are tired of being beat up by the rain...more rain coming today..the Lantana above is to the back right of this photo and see the bottom of the Creeping Jenny in front of the Oak Tree? It's in a hanging container with more Impatiens.

Firespike- Odontonema strictum

Jacobina carnea, Justicia carnea, Brazilian Plume or Flamingo Flower

Finally the Calendula- Apricot is open.

I have at least 12 containers of white Petunias sitting around.
Hanging Containers--Alyssum and Petunias.
Cleome
Never know where the Celosia is going to pop up.

P.S. Christmas is really close!!

41 comments:

Blossom said...

Merry Christmas, Darla. Have a blast! I do hope you enjoy yourself.

Shelley said...

So nice to see your flowers when I am looking at 2 feet of snow! I know they are buried in there somewhere... :-)

Carrie said...

Wow, you put me to shame - so many blooms (and all of them real) x

Helen said...

That's quite the display! But I had an inkling it would be good when I read "Florida" on Mr. Linky.

Gail said...

Happy Bloom Day! Have fun out there today and your blooms are wonderful~gail

Miss Janice said...

Love all your flowers...I always have had luck with allysum (sp?) before. I need to plant some here at my new home.

Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

I don't have much to share this bloom day so it's nice to see your flowers! They look great!

Susie said...

Thanks for sharing your blooms Darla. The cold put my lantana to rest a few weeks ago.

Do you ever have seeds from Firespike?

Dani said...

Yep, Christmas is getting close quick and Elizabeth is so excited!

As always, your flowers are so pretty! Happy day to you. :)

Rose said...

It's lovely to see so many blooms this time of year! Unlike most of the rest of the Midwest, we haven't had snow, but we've had lots of rain like you--but with much colder temps:) Looks like your garden is holding up well in spite of the freezes. How exciting to find a Monarch chrysalis in your last post!

Chris said...

Hi Darla, I just wanted to thank you for your visit. I love the photos of all the different flowers. Don't they just make you smile?

Merry Christmas,
Chris

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Even with the crazy weather, Darla, your flowers are still SO pretty. We are fairly drab and bare up here now!!!!

Thanks for sharing..
Hugs,
Betsy

imac said...

Blooming good show Darla.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Please, repeat bloomers, I'm already starved for outdoor color. It's great to think that somewhere there are abundant blooms. Thanks for the great show of color!

Dan said...

You have some nice colour around still.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Every morning my daughter gives me the exact countdown to Christmas, it is close!
It seems like the frost hasn't bothered any of your annuals. It looks so pretty there!
The Pineapple sage you sent is sitting on the windowsill in the garage and looks good.

azplantlady said...

My goodness, you have so much blooming! I love your hibiscus and lantana. I do know what you mean though...this time of year it is hard not to repeat some of the previous blooms from other GBBD days. Thank you for sharing.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I can always count on you to have lovely flower photos, even in the dead of winter. They always brighten my day.
Marnie

Deb said...

beautiful flowers Darla...I only have a few mums blooming here...

Diane Schuller said...

with our temperatures down to minus 46 it's hard to believe things are growing outdoors somewhere! I used to participate in GBBD ... all that's blooming outside is ice crystals and indoors my Christmas cactus already finished blooming. You're very fortunate to live in such a warm place. Lovely garden.

Susan said...

Lots of pretty blooms in your garden, Darla.

George said...

In spite of the rain, wind, frost and fog your garden still looks beautiful. You're tempting me to think about moving back to Florida!

Shelia said...

Hi Darla and it's so nice to meet you! Oh, flowers in December - how lovely! Thanks for popping in to see me and have a Merry Christmas,
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

bennie and patsy said...

You can repeat ,they are beautiful to see.
Patsy

Becca's Dirt said...

Christmas is very close - 10 days. Your bloomers are looking good for this time of year. I fully understand about the fog. It has been wierd hasn't it. We are expecting more of those drenching rains today. So far only light rain. Yesterday areas received as much as 12" of rain.

donna said...

Darla, please feel free to repeat blooms as often as you wish. Every single one brightens my day up here in the cold and snow. Luv the Christmas ball....how many do you have? Twelve containers of white petunias? You are so lucky. I'm a big fan of white flowers. Not sure why.

Tootsie said...

love the flowers Darla! I just came in from painting a bunch of pop cans!!! I am thinking of making them into garland!!!
BUT my little one's teacher saw the snowmen and "hired" me to paint the cans and help in the classroom for the pre-K kids to make them after the holidays! lol
I am thinking you are going to be a famous snowman project inspiration!!!

Evelyn Howard said...

Always nice to see pics of yr garden

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Wow, look at that fog! We only see it early mornings, and once in awhile, evenings. It took us by surprise around 4:30 in the afternoon when we were driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville NC.

You have a nice set of blooms, as always. It's hard for me to imagine lantana this time of year. That calendula sure is a pretty color. It looks like it's up to you and others in your zone to keep us in color through the rest of the winter, and I'll keep posting snow photos. I took photos of different kinds of tracks the other day, but lost my light. I want to get out and take some more.

Rosemarie said...

So many flowers! I like the lantana the best - always partial to the yellow ones. :)

Blue Creek Home said...

I definitely do not have a green thumb, so I am glad that I got to enjoy your pretty blooms.
Rhonda

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Darla~~ Your first photo looks like it was taken in my neck of the woods. And you've had frost? Still, your blooms are as pretty as ever.

Brad B said...

I really like the firespike. And your lucky, our impatiens succumbed to the cold and rain over a month ago.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Yes, wonderful to know that somewhere, over the rainbow, there are flowers blooming.....

And yours do look lovely.

The lantana that you say grows wild in the woods, is what they charge over $3.99 for a 4 inch pot around here.

The package hasn't come yet, but I am sure it is just being held up by the Christmas rush. As soon as it comes I will email you and let you know. Thanks for picking my name, I am looking forward to seeing what surprises are in there. This is just like Christmas all over again.

Jen

lostlandscape (James) said...

The firespike is something we don't see much in my area--It's really striking!

Valerie said...

Thank you Darla for sending me and Granny a Christmas card. You are an angel. I have no Christmas decorations up and have not sent any cards due to this Christmas is all about wedding! Thank you for thinking of us! I posted a picture of Granny with her cards and goodies.

Kathy said...

Hello Darla...Thank You for stopping by and your sweet comments about my friend Lila...I have so enjoyed your beautiful garden!!!!!!!!!!! We are buried in snow and probably will stay this way til at least april...so this is like a breath of spring to be here...Have the Merriest Christmas ever, God Bless, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...stop in anytime, loved having you!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Darla: What a nice show is still going on in Florida.

Commonweeder said...

What a joy to see so many flowers outside - after so many scenes of frozen and dried blooms. I do love the way GBBD lets us see the season all across the country - and world.
Merry Christmas. I like your new header, too.

Twisted Fencepost said...

AGAIN, I can't believe you still have blooms!

leavesnbloom said...

Ohhhhhh brings back memories of our scottish summer with all those beautiful photos