On the fifteenth of every month, May Dream Gardens invites garden bloggers worldwide to share the blooms found in their garden. Obviously, the January garden will be considerably lacking compared to spring, but a few splashes of color can still be found amongst the rain showers & fallen leaves (even in my shady beds).
New Plants in the Garden
The Variegated Abutilons (Abutilon pictum 'Thompsonii') shrugged off our recent freezes and continue to put out salmon-colored blossoms.
Clusters of flowers appear at the end of the lengthy stems on the Marilyn's Choice Abutilon.
I had read that Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) might not be winter-hardy (which seemed weird since this is when they are on sale), but the plants did fine without protection (though some blossoms didn't like the cold).
Of my four Ground Orchids (Spathoglottis plicata), one met an untimely demise due to digging critters and two were left outside in the ground to see what winter would do to them (it smacked 'em pretty good, will have to see if they return from roots). But the potted one was moved inside & protected, where it awarded this care by producing blooms.
This is certainly the time of year when berries steal the show; the Nandina (Nandina domestica) consistently add large clusters of bright red berries to the drab scene.
Dwarf Chinese Holly (Ilex cornuta 'Rotunda') does not consistently produce berries, but it is always nice when they make an appearance.
The leaves of the Possumhaw (Ilex decidua) have completely left the scene, allowing clusters of red berries to dominate the branches.
Only a few berries remain on the Chile Petin (Capsicum annuum var. aviculare) and those have started showing wrinkles as they age.
Last year, the show show put on by the Dwarf Buford Hollies (Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii Nana') was quite impressive, but this year, only a few small clusters of berries are present.
Hope your GBBD has been filled with color. Be sure to check out what is happening at other gardens by visiting May Dream Gardens.