Brrr … Winter is officially two weeks away but it’s feeling decidedly cold and ‘wintry’ already. There’s not really much blooming in our gardens right now but a little planning means we have a few pretty blooms so that we can still take part in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – this being our 15th time!

Thank you for joining us for our late Autumn show of whats flowering in our South African gardens.

Here’s whats blooming in Christine’s Garden in May 2012 …

I’m not loving Autumn as much as I did last year. I think it may have something to do with some of the plants maturing in my garden and not acting all “fresh and new” as they did last year this time. I’m noticing variegated foliage returning to type (more about that in another post) and just in general I can see some plants need replacing or a severe cutting back (aka a complete makeover). Or perhaps its the change in weather patterns? We seem to be having more rain this year, which is a good thing, but it does change the way some plants behave. But lets see what I have to show …

Looking for blooms under a sea of leaves :) Looking for plants under leaves :)

Yay! There’s one! It’s Barleria obtusaThere's one! Barleria obtusa

Mandevilla splenens flower all year hereMandevilla splenens flower all year

Abutilon has flowered for monthsAbutilon has flowered for months

A few Azaleas are flowering nowA few Azaleas are flowering now

Camellias are flowering en-masseCamellias are flowering en-masse

I love these pretty little daisiesI love these pretty daisies

My new Salvia greggii ‘pink’Salvia greggii 'pink'

And Salvia greggii ‘white’Salvia greggii 'white'

Japanese anemone ‘Honorine Joubert’Japanese anemone 'Honorine Joubert'

Also flowering are some indigenous beauties that I will share soon on a ‘Wildflower Wednesday’ post.

That’s it from Claremont in Cape Town, lets see whats happening in Barbie’s garden in Philly …!

Here’s what’s blooming in Barbie’s garden in May 2012

The autumn is ending on a cold note, but I still have the feeling that the warm sun is there to bring life to new seedlings. I have a little meadow patch that will delight me next Bloomers Day, so I look forward to sharing that. There are blooms in special corners, so the mass of colour may not be there, but I do delight in the hidden treasures. Here’s a few colourful corners …..

Cosmos looking for the sun

Gerbera and Alyssum still friends

Cleome still delight me

My potato bush amass with flowers

Salvia Coral Nymph

Rosemary full of blooms and bees

Yarrow plant

White Salvia

Tansy back in bloom

Love the blue-face lobelia

Such a great ground cover – fleabain

Spearmint flower

Apple blossom already?

Pineapple sage delights the sunbirds!

Protea bush is full this year

Roses are not spectacular this year

But have a few beauties

The pink roses smell devine

Hot lips Salvia and Powiss Castle

and Alyssum hidden in the grass patch

About Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Join Carol and friends over at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in May to see what other gardeners around the world have blooming in their gardens today or see Seepferds Garten for the German version. And if you haven’t joined yet and have some blooms you’d like to show off, please join in the fun of showcasing your blooms! We’d love to see what YOU have blooming in YOUR garden right now!

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