This is all I have blooming right now: some pansies that I picked up at Lowe's. This one is hunkered down among the lavender and strawberry leaves.
Even so, the winter garden has a special beauty all its own -- the bare bones of the garden are in plain sight. Often we don't have "real" winters here in central NC, so we can have blooms all year with the right plants, and each of those flowers are to be treasured.
December is the one month that my garden doesn't often have any blooms, except for pansies. I am trying to remedy that -- I have a couple of Wintersweets that I grew from seed, and I would like to get Hamamelis vernalis (especially Christmas Cheer) and Hamamelis virginiana. Elizabeth Lawrence was a great pioneer of looking at the garden all year, and I love to look at her research and experiences with winter gardening.
I have set out Narcissus tazetta, in the hopes that they would bloom, but they never have -- they are one of the types that increases into a hundred small bulbs that won't size up to flower.
The Lonicera fragrantissima, now approaching the size of a small house, will sometimes bloom in December, although it often waits until January.
No other flowers right now, but we still do have fall color. Almost overnight, a number of plants that had some color have turned brilliant shades.
Purple Pavement is a lovely shade of red.
This Rosa virginiana, which first turned a deep shade of burgundy, is now bright red.
Rosa carolina doesn't have many leaves now, but the leaves that are left are the same scarlet hue as the hips.
Rosa rugosa alba
The Swamp Cyrillas starting turning yellow and orange weeks ago, and are now finishing a brilliant shade of red similiar to Blackgum.
Thanks to May Dream Gardens for hosting Bloom Days.