Here we are at mid-January and still we've had no killing frost this winter in my zone 9a garden. Our lowest temperature of the season so far has been 34 degrees F.
There are a few micro-zones in the garden where the merest touch of frost has occurred a couple of times, but, overall, plants that would normally be long-dormant are still showing a green face to the sun, and there are more blooms still going in the garden than I can ever remember at this time in January.
|This is 'Peggy Martin' rose which is just now putting on its first flush of blooms for the year. Normally, this would come in March.|
|This old pink Knockout rose has bloomed continuously since fall and it still has a few blooms open every day.|
|My last milkweed plant that still has leaves also has blossoms. The other plants were all completely devoured by Monarch caterpillars in December.|
|Yellow cestrum would usually be resting in January but not this year.|
|And those Monarch butterflies that grew from the caterpillars that ate the milkweed in December are very happy that the cestrum still has blooms.|
|Pots of sweet little violas around the yard provide more winter color.|
|As does a planter filled with pansies and succulents on the back porch.|
|Wild oxalis sprouts in many of my beds in winter. Technically, it is a weed but I tolerate it because I think it's pretty and it disappears as soon as the weather heats up.|
|Meanwhile, the purple oxalis that I grow on purpose is blooming, too.|
|The Esperanza has been bitten back a little by the mid-30s temperatures we've had but it still sports a few flowers.|
|And the shrimp plant flowers continue to linger.|
|Turk's Cap ' Big Momma' is flowering.|
|And the pineapple sage continues to sport some blossoms.|
|The Meyer lemon is blooming.|
|But it also carries lots of fruit...|
|...in all stages of development. This one is ready to make lemonade or a lemon cake.|
|Purple trailing lantana - at its best in winter.|
|The flowers of the Cape honeysuckle have been a bit damaged by cold weather but they still hang on and feed the Rufous Hummingbird that visits them daily.|
|Even the blue plumbago continues to hang on to some of its blooms.|
|'Hot Lips' salvia has a few kisses for us.|
|Copper Canyon daisy should be long dormant by now, but it is still green. Still blooming.|
|The ever-blooming 'Encore' azalea has a few bright flowers going for this Bloom Day.|
|And near the front entry, the pot with the foxtail fern, red kalanchoe, yellow pansies, and other mixed plants blooms on.|
Happy Bloom Day. I hope whatever the season is in your garden - winter or summer - that it is kind to you.
Thank you, Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting us once again.