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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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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Dec 16, 2011 7:53 PM CST
This thread is for your December flower photos.
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tarev
Dec 16, 2011 8:53 PM CST
Hi Larry!

Here are my December blooms:

Schlumbergera hybrid:

This was how she started her bloom:
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Adding this photo today, 17Dec with her stamen more prominently displayed:
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Amaryllis

My first attempt to force an Amaryllis bulb, started forcing 19Nov and she started blooming 08Dec:
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Made her into a nice Christmas centerpiece Big Grin
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Mini-cymbidium slowly waking-up:
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It is a foggy 36F outside today, 17Dec, and my Mandevilla's and Gaillardia's already in bloom since November, are still in bloom and doing fine up to now:

Gaillardia
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Mandevilla
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A wonderful Christmas to all!
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vic
Dec 17, 2011 3:34 AM CST
I don't have any photo's but I sure enjoyed the article and ALL the photo's Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up
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Onewish1
Dec 17, 2011 6:09 AM CST
I had another mum showing off

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LindaTX8
Dec 17, 2011 11:46 AM CST
We still have some blooms. Would have been more if not for that one cold front that brought temps down below 26° one night. Sweet Autumn Clematis is holding onto a few blossoms...spotted a hummingbird going to one yesterday. Also the Aromatic Aster, but won't be long before they're gone. A wild fall aster still going in a protected spot, the trailing white lantana, the native blue mistflower still hanging in there. I have also seen a few 4-nerve daisies, Zexmenia and a pot of sweet violets. Wish it was more!
Added one more: Rue! This plant can laugh at cold and keep blooming, at least in my area. It says 'Hey, is that the lowest it can go? Bring it on!'
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Dec 17, 2011 1:36 PM CST
We're off to a good start! Thumbs up Thanks for the lovely photos, tarev and Allison.

Linda, I'd be happy if I had just ONE blossom in my garden! I garden in zone 5, so it ain't gonna happen. Sad We'd love to see photos of the plants you've listed!

Vicki, thanks for stopping by. Glad you're enjoying the photos!
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
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 17, 2011 7:38 PM CST
We are having superb weather here in my part of Florida, with daytime temp's in the mid to upper 70's and nights in the mid 50's. There are a few things still blooming in my yard. I've shared these photo's on another thread but thought I'd share them here as well.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Tropical Hibiscus)
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Magnolia grandiflora'Little Gem'
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Plumbago auriculata
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Catharanthus roseus (Periwinkle)
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Callistemon viminalis (Weeping Bottlebrush)
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Clerodendrum paniculatum (Pagoda Flower)
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Dec 17, 2011 9:47 PM CST
plantladylin said:We are having superb weather here in my part of Florida, with daytime temp's in the mid to upper 70's and nights in the mid 50's.


You really know how to hurt a guy up here in Zone 5! Hilarious!

Great photos, all, Lin. Thanks for sharing! Thumbs up
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!
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Dec 17, 2011 10:06 PM CST
I hope to see upper 70's again one of these days! Not complaining about the drizzle we've been having, however. Extreme drought teaches you gratitude for every single drop.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Dec 18, 2011 3:39 AM CST
Beautiful photo's Lin.

Linda, we had a severe drought a few years ago, and even today, no matter how much it rains, I'm thankful Lovey dubby
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Onewish1
Dec 18, 2011 6:11 AM CST
nice Lin.. keep em coming!!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 18, 2011 9:21 AM CST
Thanks y'all ... I was out early this morning and took a few more pictures of blooms. Some of these are container plants on my deck.


Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
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Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar Periwinkle)

Schlumbergera x buckleyi (Holiday Cactus)
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Jasminum nitidum (Star Jasmine)

Fading bloom of Orchid Laelia purpurata x BL Richard
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Fading bloom of Phalaenopsis Orchid
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Orchid hybrid Brassavola nodosa
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Pentas lanceolata
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Fading Rose Bloom
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Streptocarpus saxorum (Streptocarpella)
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Well, that's all for me. I sure hope more Southerner's will share what's blooming in your neck of the woods. Have a great Sunday afternoon everyone!
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Dec 18, 2011 9:32 AM CST
This Southerner is too far up in the northern part of the South ... but I certainly am enjoying all the lovely, lovely pictures! Lovey dubby Thumbs up
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Dec 18, 2011 11:52 AM CST
Beautiful Lin Thumbs up
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Onewish1
Dec 18, 2011 12:30 PM CST
love the strep. Lovey dubby
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Dec 18, 2011 1:14 PM CST
Great photos, Lin! I had no idea that Phalaenopsis came in such a gorgeous shade of blue. Thumbs up
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!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Dec 18, 2011 1:40 PM CST
Larry: That's not a normal color for Phalaenopsis. It's a blue dye the growers are injecting into the plants ... first blooms are blue but future blooms will be the normal white color. It is gorgeous and an attention getter but I would not personally purchase an altered plant ... this one was a gift from a friend.
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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Dec 18, 2011 3:13 PM CST
I wondered about that, Lin. I've seen the same thing in carnations, but had never seen it tried with orchids. The way things are going with genetic modification of plants, we may soon seen unusual colors in roses and other flowers as well.
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!
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
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tarev
Dec 19, 2011 6:23 PM CST
Just saw flowers from our Moon Valley Pilea..did not even know it has its own flowers, I thought this is just an evergreen indoor plant Big Grin

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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Dec 19, 2011 6:40 PM CST
cute.... love the crinkled foliage!!!

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