More could have been done but today was not a good day for working outside. The temperature was fine, but that wind! It blew continuously and hard all day long, making any attempt to work outside rather unpleasant. I finally settled for walking around the garden to document what was still in bloom here in the first week of December. We had a couple of light frosts earlier this week and, according to the weatherman, we should have a hard freeze with temperatures in the high 20s at the middle of next week. By the time December's Bloom Day rolls around on the 15th, I may not have any blooms to show you, but here is a sample of what is still blooming today.
Most of the roses in the garden are enjoying a "second spring" just now and that includes the miniature 'Red Cascade.' I love these tiny velvety red blossoms.
And, yes, in case you wondered, the yellow cestrum is still going strong after eight continuous months of blooming.
These lovely blossoms of 'Old Blush' are a special end-of-the-year treat.
The creeping purple lantana has never been prettier or more floriferous.
The toad lilies continue to reward me for all those months of waiting and wondering, "Will they or won't they?" They would and did!
The 'Radsunny' yellow Knockouts suffered more than any of my roses in the heat and drought of summer. I even lost a couple of them, but those that survived are putting on a show here at the end of the year.
The cuphea cigar plant continues its blooming ways.
And so, of course, does the dependable 'Caldwell Pink' rose.
This bicolor lantana is blooming as though there is no tomorrow.
And let us not forget the vegetable garden where several of the crops are doing very well indeed. That includes the broccoli which has a few heads ready for harvest. It's on the Sunday lunch menu.
And it won't be long before these sugar snap pea blossoms become crisp, tasty peas.
Not quite in bloom yet but this leatherleaf mahonia soon will be and once it does bloom the blossom will last all winter long.
Another long-lasting blossom is this succulent, a member of the aeonium family. It has been blooming for several weeks now and shows no sign of fading.
In addition to these blooms, one of the Esperanzas escaped the first frost and is still going strong, as are the Turk's caps, the various salvias, and the 'Radazz' and pink Knockouts. The garden is enjoying these pleasant days of late autumn and it is showing it with flowers.