What's Blooming in December: Greetings from zone 5

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What's Blooming in December

By LarryR
December 17, 2011

Readers responded with an avalanche of photos to our call for blossoms from their gardens to publish in our December issue of What's Blooming. Thank you one and all! Before we take a look, though, let's hear from our Mystery Blossom Contest winner, Robin (Robynznest).

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Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
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crittergarden
Dec 19, 2011 12:35 PM CST
Here in Pittsburgh what's blooming is NUTHIN!
But I've carefully selected perennials that are evergreen for my front yard, just to make the non-gardeners do a double take as they pass by!
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Dec 19, 2011 9:35 PM CST
How clever, critter! Thumbs up I've got a kerria shrub that has bright green branches and twigs all winter, but that's about it. What evergreen perennials do you have in your front yard?
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Dec 23, 2011 1:16 PM CST
I have several sedum, sempervivum, 2 little conifers (came with the house), 2 Sweet Williams, lithodora, penstemon, pratia, 2 delosperma, ajuga, 3 veronicas, AND IT'S A SMALL YARD!!!

NEXT YEAR, after they've had time to fill in, I'll post a snowy evergreen picture!

It took me forever to dig up and haul away the lava rock and a few inches of the clay that was under it, but i FINALLY got everybody into the ground in October. I'm excited to see it this time next year!
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
Foliage Fan Garden Photography Houseplants Hybridizer Organic Gardener Cat Lover
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LarryR
Dec 24, 2011 11:44 AM CST
Thanks for the info, critter. You've come up with a unique gardening idea! I'll be interested in seeing that photo next year. Have a great holiday season!
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Dec 30, 2011 12:03 PM CST
Thanks Larry - you too!
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Dec 30, 2011 12:09 PM CST
BTW - If you're one of us who came over from Dave's Garden and you still have your subscription, go to the search tool and specify zone 5 and evergreen, without anything else. I was surprised to see how many options I had!
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
Foliage Fan Garden Photography Houseplants Hybridizer Organic Gardener Cat Lover
Image
LarryR
Dec 30, 2011 8:45 PM CST
Will do. Thanks for the tip!
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!

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