Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: December 15, 2015

Today is Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

This month’s offering comes at a time of transition in my garden. Surprisingly, an annual geranium (could it have a better name than ‘Fantasia Shocking Pink’) survived our frosty weather, has thrived in its front porch protected mini-ecosystem, and is throwing out new blooms in our current warm spell. A good hard frost will certainly send it composting, but for now we are delighted to have it.


Zonal geranium ‘Fantasia Shocking Pink’

Another holdover is the pink muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris). Most of the muhly grass around here has already turned tan for the winter, but this one blooms later for some unknown reason and for now is still retaining most of its color.


My Arranger and I have completed our fall transition of annuals as we have replanted our pots primarily with pansies and violas.


Encore azalea


There are still Encore azaleas blooming sporadically around the garden, particularly along the edge of the woods. That will come to a halt with the next good freeze.

There are lots of tiny white blooms on the tea olives (Osmanthus fragrans), and my reliable reblooming bearded irises are sending up buds, racing to open before that frost.




The Carolina jessamin (Gelsemium sempervirens) on the back arbor is the most robust I have noted in some time. The warm spell has fooled it into blooming. We love its yellow blossoms in spring; I just hope it doesn’t use all its energy now

Please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what she and others are sharing this Bloom Day.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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6 Responses to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: December 15, 2015

  1. I live in upstate New York but, almost every year since 2009, we have visited either North or South Carolina. I have fallen in love with Carolina Jessamine. Too bad it isn’t hardy where I live – but then again, I am trying to grow a camilla – the hardiest variety I could find in a camilla nursery in Chapel Hill this past spring. Perhaps, with our mild fall, we will have a mild winter. Love seeing flowers at this time of year-thank you! Happy GBBD.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, Alana. the jessamin is a great vine…fast grower, no apparent problems with critters or pathogens, and not invasive. I have had camellias from Camellia Forest nursery in Chapel Hill…a great source.


  2. Pauline says:

    Love your muhly grass, we don’t see it over here, is it hardy? You have some lovely colour in your garden, flowers at this time of year are so precious!


  3. I second Pauline’s comment on the Pink Muhly Grass. Gorgeous!

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