The summer heat has arrived with a bang! The temperature is rising and the cool spring days have gone. The holiday season is here and the gardeners are keen to get the sprinklers on and new plants in the beds. Time to enjoy the weather and the lazy summer days just gazing into the garden.

Here’s what’s blooming in Christine’s garden in December 2012

My garden is flourishing and I’m really thrilled with it. Everything is growing, all the bare patches have filled in and everywhere I look there is something flowering and thriving. From lovely foliage combinations to flowers galore, there is something lovely to see in almost every corner and bed of my garden.

Here are some of my favourite blooms …

Heliotropium and Penstemon

Mandevilla splenensMandevilla splenens

Perovskia atriplicifoliaPerovskia atriplicifolia

The lovely PenstemonThe lovely Penstemon

Aquilegia in pale yellowAquilegia

A mass of PetuniasA mass of Petunias

Petunias and Star JasminePetunias and Star Jasmine

Salvias and DaisiesSalvias and Daisies

Abutilon against a treeAbutilon against a tree

Abutilon covered in budsAbutilon covered in buds

A beautiful HydrangeaA beautiful Hydrangea

Cute new annual – ToreniaCute new annual - Torenia

Petunias in a barrelPetunias in a barrell

The Roses are great this yearThe Roses are great this year

Duranta Alba lovely when it flowersDuranta Alba lovely when it flowers

Ground covers getting mixed upGround covers getting mixed up

Thunbergia alata growing in a potThunbergia alata growing in a pot

The Brinjal ‘Black Beauty’ is flowering!The Brinjal 'Black Beauty' is flowering!

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 December 2012

My best time of the day is the early evening when I can water the plants and see what is thriving. The days are getting really hot and this means most of my greens have bolted. The blooms are now going to seed but I still have a few glorious flowers that I can show you this Bloom Day.

My roses are beautiful – a summer winner

My Irises are still blooming – amazing!

Calibrachoa in my wheelbarrow looking pretty

Yarrow in bloom

Salvia is loving the heat!

Fuchsia and Hot Lips Salvia

A Zucchini flower – this is edible

Lots of Tomato flowers blooming

Guava tree already in bloom

Gerbera still flowering – amazing!

Love my Viola as ground cover

The Fennel is really pretty-love the smell

Calendula and Chamomille

Gaura still a favourite

Potato bush in full bloom

My front Rose bed looking fab!

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