Saturday, December 15, 2007

Bloomday for December

In the dark days of winter, the sun manages to heave itself over the horizon late in the mornings, only to find another misty and cloudy day, waiting for his chance to have a little peek through the clouds. Ah, there he is, shining for a fleeting moment, giving his energy and light to the several flowers still blooming in December.
Here are the flowers blooming at the Windywillow garden:

An oriental poppy?? Decided the weather was mild enough to put a flower out, and there's another bud coming up!

A sprinkling of geraniums continue to bloom.

Heather just now starting to flower for the winter season.

Malva also continues, although much smaller flowers now than in summer.

Marinette has a look around on a dark December morning.

Allysum still blooming.

Malcomia blooms all the time here, although more faded and less flowers in winter.

A chilly viola by the back door. I put a few in a container so we can see them from our dining room.

Here and there, a few calendulas are still blooming.

I found the last nasturtium tucked away in a wild corner.

I was replanting my strawberry plants a few days ago, and there were strawberries growing!!!

Inside a south window, a cactus is blooming.

And also inside, by the back door is the Christmas cactus and some geraniums blooming brightly in a rare moment of sunshine.
Have a look at what's flowering in other parts of the world. Visit Carol's May Dreams Gardens for December's Bloomday posts.


Blogger Carol said...

Thanks for posting for bloom day. Your description at the beginning of the sun is quite appropriate for this time of year. I enjoyed seeing all that is blooming where you are, your winters must be quite mild.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

December 15, 2007 12:35 pm  
Blogger snappy said...

Hi Salix Tree,Not bad for December blooms.I only have the winter primulas flowering in Blue,Pink, and Yellow.Plus the Viburnum.I have found it very cold recently.We were spoilt with warm temperatures throughout the year,Now we shiver!
Its cloudy and misty here today.Enjoy your weekend!

December 15, 2007 1:32 pm  
Blogger Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Is your poppy a rebloomer or is it just confused? Anyway, having it bloom in December is still a treat. Malva & Geraniums were the last blooming plants in my garden before being buried under snow & ice. Thanks for posting.

December 15, 2007 3:14 pm  
Blogger Salix Tree said...

Yes, it has been quite mild so far this year. The oriental poppy and the strawberry is very confused, I think. I've never seen this before, they must think spring is coming!

December 15, 2007 5:05 pm  
Blogger Marja-Leena said...

My goodness, I didn't know Ireland is this warm in December! Lovely flowers. Naught to be seen in my garden.

December 15, 2007 5:55 pm  
Blogger shirl said...

Hi there, Salix Tree :-)

Funnily enough I too had a strawberry for my GBBD post - an alpine one in my Scottish garden. Lovely to see the poppy too - is that the ladybird one? I had that once but lost it.

Great selection of flowers! It really is hard to believe it is almost Christmas when you look out at the garden at the moment isn't it :-D

My post is up too if you would like to visit :-D

Best wishes for 2008 :-D

December 15, 2007 10:43 pm  
Blogger Robin's Nesting Place said...

That is a lovely pink flower on the black background. I'd love to still have blooms instead of snow!

December 15, 2007 11:01 pm  
Blogger kate said...

I am amazed by all that you have blooming in your garden. I loved seeing the lone Nasturium.

You profile picture is cute... very seasonal!

December 16, 2007 7:20 am  
Blogger Yolanda Elizabet said...

Oriental poppies in December? Amazing!!! My calendula's are long gone and the light night frosts we've had, have killed off the last of my nasturtiums. Wow, strawberries, your garden is full of surprizes!

December 16, 2007 9:50 am  
Anonymous Pam/Digging said...

Pam @ Digging says:

You have a lot in bloom. I am especially intrigued by the heather, which we don't have here in Austin, Texas. It looks lovely.

December 16, 2007 2:02 pm  
Blogger Squirrel said...

I love finding December blooms! They are out there if you look hard enough--! I saw some pansies in a window box on Main St. this morning, still bravely blooming.

December 16, 2007 5:59 pm  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Wow! What a great list of blooms you have. The oriental poppy is stunning, but I really like the dark blooms on that malva. Are they the same color when they flower in the summer, but bigger?

I also like the flowering cactus. Too cute. :)

December 17, 2007 12:17 am  
Blogger Salix Tree said...

Blackswamp girl, here's pics of it in summer: malva or malva and rose
The do seem to be bluer now, more of a purple color in summer, but still fairly dark in color.

December 17, 2007 7:33 am  
Blogger gintoino said...

so many beautifull blooms in your garden. I loved the oriental poppy and the viola.

December 18, 2007 11:53 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Astonishing! You must have a VERY green thumb;) Fine photos. Thanks.

December 20, 2007 9:48 am  
Blogger mightymatt1313 said...

I love that the poppy decided it was mild enough to show its beauty!!

January 05, 2008 1:38 am  
Blogger Rebsie Fairholm said...

I can't believe all the things you have flowering in your garden in December! I have frost-bitten calendulas, but that's all. My oriental poppies and strawberries are busy putting on some leaf growth, but they're not even thinking about flowering. The poppy does look a bit surprised to find itself in what it thought was May ...

January 06, 2008 4:03 pm  
Anonymous TexMom said...

I hope you can help me. My daughter is on study abroad at Dublin City Univ. and came across these plants blooming and wanted to know what they are. They apparently have a nice smell. I don't know how to paste photos, but if you will look at her blog at "Interview and quiz" on Jan. 23 you will see a photo of a plant with white flowers and dark fruits on it. Maybe you can post a comment to her blog and tell her what they are. Thank you and your photos are lovely.

January 24, 2008 12:21 am  

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