On the fifteenth of every month, May Dream Gardens sponsors Garden Blogger's Bloom Day where flowering plants are the rule. Though my temperatures have only flirted with the freezing point, blossoms are still pretty limited this time of the year in my garden.
The Joe Pye Shrub has a few clusters of white blooms still adorning the ends of several branches.
New Plants in the Garden
As I did not trim my Marilyn's Choice Abutilon this year, it is over six foot tall and thin, but once again putting out a small number of it's pendulous blossoms.
The intensely bright colors of the Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) continue to capture the eye.
As the flowers have faded, the berries have taken the stage. The leaves of the Chile Petin (Capsicum annuum var. aviculare) have begun to fade and drop, so it's small bright red berries have begun to really stand out.
The Nandina (Nandina domestica) berries continue to transition to a more intense shade of red, really jumping out when the setting sun highlights them.
The red berries of the Possumhaw (Ilex decidua) peak out from the remaining leaves, but soon those leaves will drop and the berries will adorn the bare branches alone.
It has been a good year for berries on the Dwarf Chinese Holly (Ilex cornuta 'Rotunda') which has received additional sun due to a fallen tree.
Be sure to check out May Dream Gardens to see what is blooming around everyone's gardens.