Douglas Hunt
Douglas Hunt
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I'll Have a Bloom-Filled Christmas


For someone who spent many a holiday in the cold and gray Northeast, I particularly savor this time of year in my Florida garden, which is still filled with colorful blooms. Here are a few.
florida bloom filled christmas, flowers, gardening
Camellia sasanqua "Kanjiro" started blooming in mid-November and is still going strong.
florida bloom filled christmas, flowers, gardening
In Florida you don't have to toss paperwhites after they bloom. I planted these in my garden two years ago after receiving them as a gift and after taking a year off to get acclimated: voila!
florida bloom filled christmas, flowers, gardening
The giant yellow shrimp plant, Barleria micans, has just started blooming in a shady spot.
florida bloom filled christmas, flowers, gardening
Asclepias tuberosa "Hello Yellow." I really should cut off this bloom, because the experts on monarch butterflies tell us the presence of blooms can cause them not to migrate and become more susceptible to disease.
florida bloom filled christmas, flowers, gardening
Red firespike, Odontonema strictum
florida bloom filled christmas, flowers, gardening
And its purple cousin, Odontonema callistachyum
florida bloom filled christmas, flowers, gardening
I found this blanketflower (Gaillardia pulchella) growing right next to the street, in pure Florida sand, so I transplanted it to my back yard and it has been blooming pretty much ever since.
florida bloom filled christmas, flowers, gardening
I am savoring the last of the blooms on my absolutely maintenance-free "Old Blush" rose. I will cut it back significantly in mid-February and soon thereafter it will begin another year of blooming.
florida bloom filled christmas, flowers, gardening
Coreopsis leavenworthii has not gotten the message that it is mid-December and it should be taking a rest.
florida bloom filled christmas, flowers, gardening
Pentas lanceolata.

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  • Chris aka monkey
    on Dec 21, 2014

    @Douglas Hunt having spent most of my life in fl and now in the cold gray state of tn, this makes me so homesick, but thanks for sharing...enjoy the holidays xx

    • Douglas Hunt
      on Dec 21, 2014

      @Chris aka monkey Sorry for causing pangs. Happy holidays to you as well, Chris.

  • Rhonda B
    on Dec 23, 2014

    Beautiful as always! Thanks for sharing:-))

    • Douglas Hunt
      on Dec 23, 2014

      @Rhonda B And thank you for stopping by, Rhonda. Happy holidays!

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