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Summer in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

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

[one_third]Mandevilla splenensMandevilla splenens[/one_third]

[one_third]Perovskia atriplicifoliaPerovskia atriplicifolia[/one_third]

[one_third_last]The lovely PenstemonThe lovely Penstemon[/one_third_last]

[one_third]Aquilegia in pale yellowAquilegia[/one_third]

[one_third]A mass of PetuniasA mass of Petunias[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Petunias and Star JasminePetunias and Star Jasmine[/one_third_last]

[one_third]Salvias and DaisiesSalvias and Daisies[/one_third]

[one_third]Abutilon against a treeAbutilon against a tree[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Abutilon covered in budsAbutilon covered in buds[/one_third_last]

[one_half]A beautiful HydrangeaA beautiful Hydrangea[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Cute new annual – ToreniaCute new annual - Torenia[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Petunias in a barrelPetunias in a barrell[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The Roses are great this yearThe Roses are great this year[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Duranta Alba lovely when it flowersDuranta Alba lovely when it flowers[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Ground covers getting mixed upGround covers getting mixed up[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Thunbergia alata growing in a potThunbergia alata growing in a pot[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The Brinjal ‘Black Beauty’ is flowering!The Brinjal 'Black Beauty' is flowering![/one_half_last]

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.

[one_half]My roses are beautiful – a summer winner[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My Irises are still blooming – amazing![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Calibrachoa in my wheelbarrow looking pretty[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Yarrow in bloom[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Salvia is loving the heat![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Fuchsia and Hot Lips Salvia[/one_half_last]

[one_half]A Zucchini flower – this is edible[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lots of Tomato flowers blooming[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Guava tree already in bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Gerbera still flowering – amazing![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Love my Viola as ground cover[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The Fennel is really pretty-love the smell[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Calendula and Chamomille[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Gaura still a favourite[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Potato bush in full bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My front Rose bed looking fab![/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 December! 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 xxx

By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

12 replies on “Summer in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day”

Oh Chris -I love the masses of flowers and foliage in your garden 🙂
The Black Beauty already in bloom!?! That’s amazing! Just managed to get mine into the veggie patch.

I love the mix of flowers in the first photo – love all the colours! 🙂

All the pics are lovely, I love the blooms in Christine’s and all the edibles in Barbara’s I also have tomato blooms. I saw Torenia recently and almost bought it but the guy at the nursery says it doesn’t last long so I passed. Now seeing Christine’s makes me regret it!

I am so going to enjoy your summer while its winter in my garden. The abundance of late spring early summer is incredible. Lots oflovely colour and sunshine shining out of every picture. Christina

I am so thankful you have summer so I can dream in pictures of the gorgeous flowers and veggies. That Aquilegia Christine and those gaura in the buckets Barbie. I hope to make Christmas porch containers in buckets like these next year. How odd though I would find it to have Christmas in summer. But I would love to find out…someday I hope to visit S Africa.

Christine, I love that mass of petunias. I like the flower, but not the fragrance. They look great in any garden. Babara, my favorite was the gaura and fennel. I love the delicate look.

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