We’re having a heat wave (wouldn’t that be a great title for a song?). A week of balmy weather. Yesterday in the low 70’s. Lunch on the screened porch. A short-sleevy afternoon. Is this really mid December? The Carolina jessamin (Gelsemium sempervirens) is thoroughly confused…it’s putting out dozens of its yellow blooms on the arbor, some three or four months early. Today is gray and a light rain is falling, but it’s still unseasonably warm. We can be sure, however, that Old Man Winter is a-coming, and we will be left with our pansies and violas until the hellebores and early spring bulbs bloom.
Frost had taken most of the blooms and not a few buds on our camellias, but I was able to gather several not fully open buds from ‘Debutante.’ ‘Debutante’ is an early blooming Camellia japonica in my garden, but I have found its buds are quite sensitive to freezing temperatures. It seems just the right thing to bring them in for In a Vase on Monday now rather than leave them to be damaged by the frost forecast for later this week.
Let me invite you to visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others participating in this weekly meme are sharing from their gardens this week.