A year of blooms - and other things
This year, as every year does, held challenges for the gardener. And yet, in spite of uncooperative weather, a plague of weeds and occasionally insects - not to mention garden "helpers" who didn't always follow instructions - it turned out to be not an entirely bad year in the garden. Here are some of my favorite pictures from each month.
|In January, the Christmas poinsettias were still in full bloom.
|I do love the sweet little leucojum blossoms that brighten dull February.
|By March, the redbud was in full bloom, a cafeteria for bees.
|April is amaryllis month. This frilly one held hidden treasure between petals of its blossom - a little green treefrog. Love those eyes!
|In May, the water lilies began blooming.
|And by June the crocosmias were finishing up their blooming.
|What would July be without sunflowers and bumblebees enjoying them?
|By August, the blossoms of the beautyberry had begun ripening into its eponymous berries.
|Bright coral vine blossoms covered this section of garden fence in September.
|Justicia 'Orange Flame' was a star of the garden in October.
|Shrimp plant blooms were part of my November Bloom Day post.
|And December saw my 'Graham Thomas' rose bush with its best flowers of the year.