Bloom Day December 2011

An unexpected afternoon cloudburst visited the garden this Bloom Day.


In five minutes it was over, leaving enough time to collect some photos before sunset.
Self-sown Orlaya grandiflora, the Minoan Lace.


Rose ‘Bouquet d’Or still in a flush of blooms.


Nicotiana alata ‘Lime Green’ and Thunbergia alata, one of the lighter, peachy shades.


Salvia wagneriana


Russellia equisetiformis


Begonia ‘Paul Hernandez,’ Pedilanthus bracteatus


Tulbaghia simmleri, Salvia madrensis


Helleborus argutifolius


Merry Bloom Day!

Bloom Day arrives unfailingly the 15th of every month courtesy of Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

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6 Responses to Bloom Day December 2011

  1. Les says:

    I always associate the smell of Tulbaghia with the onset of winter. We have huge patches of it in the display gardens at work and after the first deep freeze it turns to a very aromatic mush.

  2. As always I’m in love with the Russellia equisetiformis…

  3. David says:

    Hi Denise,
    You have such a beautiful way of capturing flowers in your garden. I love your collection. Happy GBBD!
    David/ 🙂

  4. Oh, I love a garden in the rain – your photos capture the wonderful freshness! I like that delicate look of a lot of your blooms, am not familiar with these plants. I just visited a Brisbane blog where the blooms are wonderfully huge and tropical – it’s so great to see the variety of gardens all over the world!

  5. Scott says:

    I agree with David…your photos are so great…make me feel like I’m passing through a dream 🙂

  6. Denise says:

    Les, I bet that’s some aromatic mush! This tulbaghia doesn’t seem to have as strong a smell as society garlic. The flowers are bigger, the leaves wider, like a mini agapanthus.
    Loree, me too. I’ve planted a yellow one in the garden when I saw it used this way in some local municipal landscaping. Gets pretty big in the ground.
    David, drizzly rain and soft light helps, but thank you!
    CM, I’ve been checking out the Aussie blogs recently too. It’s wonderful to get worldwide participation in Bloom Days.
    Scott, I thought the rain was over, but after I took the photos it became torrential, with thunder and lightening! Very exciting.

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