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It’s almost Winter in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

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 …

[one_half]Looking for blooms under a sea of leaves 🙂Looking for plants under leaves :)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Yay! There’s one! It’s Barleria obtusaThere's one! Barleria obtusa[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Mandevilla splenens flower all year hereMandevilla splenens flower all year[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Abutilon has flowered for monthsAbutilon has flowered for months[/one_half_last]

[one_half]A few Azaleas are flowering nowA few Azaleas are flowering now[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Camellias are flowering en-masseCamellias are flowering en-masse[/one_half_last]

[one_half]I love these pretty little daisiesI love these pretty daisies[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My new Salvia greggii ‘pink’Salvia greggii 'pink'[/one_half_last]

[one_half]And Salvia greggii ‘white’Salvia greggii 'white'[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Japanese anemone ‘Honorine Joubert’Japanese anemone 'Honorine Joubert'[/one_half_last]

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 …..

[one_half]Cosmos looking for the sun[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Gerbera and Alyssum still friends[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Cleome still delight me[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My potato bush amass with flowers[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Salvia Coral Nymph[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Rosemary full of blooms and bees[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Yarrow plant[/one_half]

[one_half_last]White Salvia[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Tansy back in bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Love the blue-face lobelia[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Such a great ground cover – fleabain[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Spearmint flower[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Apple blossom already?[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Pineapple sage delights the sunbirds![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Protea bush is full this year[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Roses are not spectacular this year[/one_half_last]

[one_half]But have a few beauties[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The pink roses smell devine[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Hot lips Salvia and Powiss Castle[/one_half]

[one_half_last]and Alyssum hidden in the grass patch[/one_half_last]

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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Happy Gardening!

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

16 replies on “It’s almost Winter in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day”

I have to say both gardens are nice for a fall garden. Your winter is so different from ours too…don’t forget that Seasonal Celebrations is coming starting June 1st…love to see your garden in winter and hear about any celebrations.

Thanks for captioning the pineapple sage. I been wondering what the name of it is. It looks like Barbie’s Powis Castle artemisia is doing great. Christine, were you ever able to find some for your own garden?

Every autumn I’m disappointed, and vow to have more blooms at that time, but I think it’s just the let down from the mass of blooms in the summer. You both have a lot blooming, and your gardens seem like they are quite colorful – especially for late autumn!

Hello from the Pacific Northwest! You both have so many pretty blooms continuing through your autumn! The Protea is really a fascinating looking pretty! The yellow Abutilon is a wonderful, buttery shade. Wishing you both a Happy GBBD! Cheers, Jenni

I just think my roses have a fungus on the stems 🙁 and they are not doing as well as they should. I think my Powiss Castle is hiding a problem.

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