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Two Gardens in Winter for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

It is taking a little more effort in June to put together something interesting from our Two Gardens this winter. Even though the foliage and the surrounding trees and shrubs are not looking too shabby, the blooms are timid and don’t seem in the mood to show their faces. We have captured a few hidden gems and hope to impress a few of you this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

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

I have not spent enough time cultivating blooms to give an impressive show this month, but the few sunny days we have in between the cold Winter showers has kept a few beauties from hiding all together. Because of the way our house is positioned, we have a lot of dew during the winter days and it never really dries out and the air is icy when the sun has set. So when the sun is out there is a short window of warmth that penetrates the garden and the house. Let’s see what we can find …

[one_half]Erigeron bloom – a lovely ground cover[/one_half]

[one_half_last]A pretty strawberry flower[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Tansy – coming or going? not sure![/one_half]

[one_half_last]First bloom for my Mexican Petunia[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The only Lobelia still standing-bad chickens![/one_half]


[one_half]Winter Meadow showing promise of blooms[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Cleomes still blooming – amazing![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Nasturtiums popping up everywhere![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Winter roses are looking lovely.[/one_half_last]

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

You have to really look hard for blooms in my garden this winter. Without the Camellias my winter garden would be very drab but it is still a joy to see a hint of spring to come as all the bulbs are emerging and are looking strong and lush. Don’t let the photographs fool you – it might look like I have lots going on, but in reality it is only the camellias you would notice if you popped in for a visit today. All the other blooms are hiding shyly behind them …

The stunning red Camellia, size of a side plate

[one_half]The pretty Brachycombe daisyBrachycombe daisy[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lavender blooms going strongLavender blooms going strong[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Hidden behind the CamelliasHidden behind the Camellias[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Also hidden … you have to really lookAlso hidden ... you have to really look[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The splendiferous Camellias!The splendiferous Camellias![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Salvia and daisies in a sunny spotSalvia and daisies in a sunny spot[/one_half_last]

[one_half]These bloom here all year longThese flower all year round in my garden

[one_half_last]Winter prettiness … little white daisiesWinter prettiness ... little white daisies[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Borage bursts into bloom! I love itBorage bursts into bloom! I love it[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The last of the “Mona Lavender”The last of the "Mona Lavender"[/one_half_last]

Looky look! What have we here … Witoogie having a feast

Witoogie foraging for food

That’s all Folks!

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 …

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

Your winter gardens look wonderful! Love the lavender especially. Our summer is starting to really heat up. It gives me hope knowing your spring bulbs are getting ready. Fall here won’t be too far behind!

The flowers are lovely in both your gardens. Your winter blooms look like my summer blooms. It is a pleasure to see flowers I grow here grow in other places and to also see new flowers.

Wow! You both have a lot blooming for winter. Gorgeous.
I am not up on my South African climate, but do you two ever have frosts? I know it can freeze up in the mountains, but what about the Cape?. david/

So winter in your gardens means more growing than in Donna’s garden….I cannot get over the nasturtiums and borage neither of which has grown much in my late spring soon to be summer garden…wonderful blooms.

Well although you both say there aren’t all that many blooms in your gardens, the blooms you’ve highlighted today are lovely. Barbie, the Rose is spectacular and I love the Cleome and the Lobelia as well. Christine, the Brachyscome is simply lovely, as are the Daisies, the Plectranthus and those pretty Camellias.

What a lovely display of spring flowers, despite being your winter…this is my first visit to your gardens, not really sure where in the world you are, but since you are having winter right now you must be somewhere far from me in London, UK 🙂
We are supposed to have high summer right now, but have had a rather dismal weather for a long time and are not really finished with spring yet! Love your camellias, and as someone with a garden full of fuchsias, loved the colours of yours!

Barbie – I am surprised that you still have roses blooming! How wonderful!
Christine – Oh, I just love camellias. Your bush looks like it’s loaded with blooms, too! So pretty!

Both of you have such beautiful winter gardens. There is a lot to see, but I know what you mean about the camellias being more visible. All this beauty is a testament to all your hard work.

Oh my gosh, your “winter” is still beautiful, even if you have to search for blooms. In the inter mountain west there are no blooms just textures against snow!

I absolutely am fascinated by the Mona lavender. I haven’t seen it before. Such beautiful color. Great job w this post, you would never know that you werent living in the “north.”. 🙂

Noooo, it is, well – it feels like it! The houses here do not have central heating, so the fan heater or wheel-around oil heater has to do. We make a huge fire in the fireplace. 🙂

Wow Chris – your Lavender, Salvia & Borage are really blooming!! I guess the temperatures really make a difference. We are at least 2 degrees lower than in Town. Camellias are SO impressive – can’t wait to see them on my next visit! 🙂
And the witoogie – so sweet!

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