December in bloom

Looking back at my past December Garden Blogger Bloom Day posts I’m actually a little bit surprised that I remembered them wrong. I thought we had had late color in years past but this year really is unusual for the length of the lingering fall.

A lot of the plants in bloom now are the ones that are simply unwilling to give up. Here’s a little list of our hangers-on:


Other plants are blooming out of all proper sequence. I expect that of forsythia and the autumn-blooming cherry (in fact off-season bloom is the reason Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’  is so special) but flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) really shouldn’t be blooming now (I couldn’t get a shot of ours because the few opening buds are at the tippy top of our largest shrub.) So many of the buds on the quince are swollen that I really fear for the inevitable frost-bite blast that could do in our spring show. And the skunk cabbage is a full 4 months early. Not all of those are up but enough of them to make me worry if there will be few for the bees come March. Or maybe the same plants will push out another round?

Are you worrying like we are about what a lingering fall might mean for spring?

Head over to May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and a look at what else is in bloom this December…

5 thoughts on “December in bloom

  1. Very pretty! I must get some pineapple sage for my garden next year.

    Lea, that’s been one of our favorites for the last couple of years – a must have! -kris

  2. It really has been a strange year (weather-wise). I’ll cross my fingers that your plants pull through and that next year is better, all-around!

    Scott, I was amazed to see how many places are experiencing the same sort of lingering fall. So strange. I hope all is well with your garden next year too! -kris

  3. You win…but I have seen some emerging skunk cabbage also. Kudos to you on the FG notes. Great!

    Thanks, Layanee! (Was it a contest? – If so you’ll surely win for getting snow sooner!) -kris

  4. Kris, Usually my Middle Tennessee garden has more to show for it then a Rhode Island garden! We had your early frosts and you’ve had our late fall! Matt tells me that the 40mph winds in Providence more than make up for that! gail

    Gail, Matt is right – those winds were COLD! And we’ve finally been hit – cold winds were followed by a deep freeze. -kris

  5. I new to your blog via Rhone Street Gardens and I really like what I see so I’m subscribing. Those hangeroners seem quite precious with the impending winter breathing down our backs.

    Thanks, Patrick – and welcome! Those hangeroners were precious – so glad I shot their portraits because after a cold weekend, they’re goners finally. -kris

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