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Winter in Two Gardens for June Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Our fourth combined post for the monthly Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, here’s whats happening in our Gardens in June 2011. With Winter cooling the earth and sending many of our plants into hibernation, there are no mass displays of beautiful blooms, but we do have a few lovelies to show off this month. We hope you enjoy our “June blooms”.

Here’s whats blooming in Christine’s Garden in June 2011

A week ago I was complaining that there would be no blooms to show this month for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Then, a fair amount of rain mixed with warm sunny days in between and what a surprise when I went to look for blooms to show. Lots of Camellias (pinks and reds), pink and maroon Azaleas, the first Narcissus bulbs are just opening their pretty faces (Yay!), my very first “grown from seed” Nasturtiums are blooming … all in all not a bad display for a winter garden. Condsidering that June has been a month of planning and some major changes have taken place in my garden including a drastic cutting back of overgrown trees, has sadly left my garden looking quite bleak. But when you get down to it there is lots of pretty in my garden – that is, if you look past the bare branches and sawn off tree tops, there are enough blooms to make me smile…

[one_half]First Narcissus bloomsNarcissus Paper Whites[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Narcissus CantabricusNarcissus Cantabricus[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Rosa ‘Iceberg’ blooming againRosa 'Iceberg' blooming again[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Cerise Azaleas bloomingMaroon Azaleas blooming[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Red Camellias bloomingRed Camellias blooming[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Purple Ribbon BushPurple Ribbon Bush[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Sweet Alyssum never stopsSweet Alyssum[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lots of pinks bloomingLots of pinks blooming[/one_half_last]

[one_half]First Nasturtium bloomFirst Nasturtium bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lots of bright red berriesLots of bright red berries[/one_half_last]

Lets pop over to Barbie’s garden to see what she has to show …

Here’s whats blooming in Barbie’s Garden in June 2011

Chris, I had no doubt that you would have a beautiful show of winter flowers – your garden is alive with new shoots and anticipated bulbs and I love my visits and the “show-and-tell” as we wander around. They are just lovely! Thank you! My garden tends to hide the small blooms and my usual favourites never disappoint! I did find something blooming, even though I had to go on my hands and knees alot! In between my veggies and herbs were the flowers of these plants. This brought a whole new perspective and the close ups allow me to really see how perfect each flower in my garden can be! And talking about bees…… I caught a happy workers in the act!

Oh yes – I also have my first Nasturtiums from seed!!

Happy gardening to all our friends! xxx

[one_half]My first Fuchsia![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Delicate and beautiful[/one_half_last]

[one_half]My first Nasturtium flower[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Violas still looking gorgeous[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Delicate coriander bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Broccoli flower![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Protea still in bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Roses still delight[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Sugar herb in bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Busy Bee in my lavender[/one_half_last]


About Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Join Carol and friends over at May Dreams Gardens to see what other gardeners around the world have blooming in June and then pop over to ‘Garten Blogger Blüten im Mei‘ over at Seepferds Garten for the German version of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! 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 other South African’s have blooming in their winter gardens

Thank you for joining us!

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 …

36 replies on “Winter in Two Gardens for June Garden Bloggers Bloom Day”

So interesting you also noticed this. I do live in a more rural area with wheat fields surrounding our small village. I also want to add more blooms and colour in my garden this spring.

Nice to discover your (x2) blog! Love the tag team approach. And so neat to hear about gardening in another country. It’s easy over here to think of that area of the world as troubled and violent, this shows a different view. Thanks.

Dear Christine and Barbie,
it´s allways so interesting to see what blooms in SA! Love the first Narcissus 😉
Thank you so much for joining Blogger Blüten!
Wish you a nice weekend!

Lovely lovely! Christine, your rosa “iceberg” looks like it is made out of cream…it’s so delicate and beautiful. And Barbie, the fuchsias are amazing! I just love those!

If these blossoms are what you get in winter you are very lucky. Connecticut, USA gets cold, snow, ice, wind and sometimes rain but no blossoms. Wonderful photos … thanks for sharing.

Oh, I think our climate must be similar, if on the opposite months. We are blessed with abundant narcissus and camellias in winter. Thank you for sharing your beautiful blooms.

You have quite a few blooms for winter! Amazing, really. Despite your thinking things have slowed down, your gardens must really be beautiful year round.

They are beautiful. Thank you for looking for those flowers since there are no “profusion”. Hope they weren’t too hard to find. 🙂

The sugar herb looks like stevia. Is it?

Thanks for visiting! Yes – it is Stevia Rebaudiana. I have yet to use it to sweeten my tea! 🙂 Do you use it?


Lovely images for both gardens 🙂 it’s strange to think of it being Winter elsewhere in the world, never mind being able to still have such blooms during winter! 😀

It is so hard for me to think of June as a winter month as I’m sure that for you December is hot! Your blooms are lovely even if the garden is bare. Christina

Beautiful blooms! I really love those teeny tiny coriander blooms. Is your sugar herb stevia? I’m growing stevia for the first time, and your foliage looks much like mine. I have two plants, and one has much broader leaves, while the other plant’s foliage is narrower. They came from two different nurseries, and I wonder if there is more than one cultivar.

Hi Linda! Thanks for your kind words! Yes – it is Stevia and mine is still very small. Perhaps it is in the wrong place – at the foot of my large rose bushes. I believe they grow to 3 feet if cultivated.

We are lucky – but truth be told, we really have to look for them right now. There is no “profusion” of blooms (except the Camellias of course).

Your narcissus blooms are sending cool vibes my way! Your garden blooms must be enticing you to spend a lot of time in the garden.

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