Here in my Zone 8 garden just northwest of Houston, we got our killing frost right on schedule this year. Two of them in fact. For two nights in a row early last week, the temperatures dipped to a few degrees below freezing and that was the signal to most of my plants: "Time to pull the covers over our heads and go to sleep."
Knowing that the heavy frost was on its way and that I probably wouldn't have any blooms for you on Bloom Day, I surveyed the garden on December 3, took pictures of most of the plants that were blooming then and posted them here. Viewing those pictures will give you an idea of what Jack Frost took.
shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana). This is the first year that I've grown it so I'm not sure how long it will keep these interesting shrimp-shaped blooms. The plant description said that it might bloom into December. So far, so true.
A few of the roses, including the Knockouts, 'Old Blush,' 'Dortmund,' and 'Caldwell Pink' still carry a few blooms, as well.
But that's about it. A poor showing indeed for December.
Now, if you want to see some real bloomers, visit our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens and see the list of this month's Garden Blogger Bloom Day's participants. Those gardens are sure to have some blossoms for you.
Thank you for visiting my garden today and I wish you happy end-of-the-year holidays and a healthy and happy New Year. May your garden prosper in 2012.