Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: December 2016

File under Better Late Than Never, I suppose… This month’s Bloom Day finds me with three indoor blooms and about 7 inches of snow on the ground outside.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: December 2016

My husband bought me this for some extra holiday cheer in the house. My five-year-old was much more observant than I would have expected — he pointed out the red leaves at the top, said they were really cool, and asked if it was going to bloom. That’s my boy.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: December 2016

My Thanksgiving cactus is sporting a late show of color this year — but, honestly, it’s pretty much on time for its usual bloom. This plant started as a cutting from my husband’s grandmother some fifteen years ago, at which time she told me it was a Christmas cactus. The only reason I know differently now is that I researched the shape of the leaves. This particular plant sometimes also blooms around Easter.

Also, I am NOT going to be pinching off any spent blooms this year. Every time I pinch off the first bloom once it fades, the other growing flower buds just dry up and fall right off.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: December 2016

Finally, some winter color I planned intentionally this year! I bought small, medium, and large Amaryllis bulbs this year, so I could get a grasp on what kind I like best for future years. This one (Christmas Star) started to sprout early, due to me storing it for a few days in too warm of a temperature. It may still be in bloom by Christmas, but this is the second of two stalks — the first, taller one finished blooming last week.

Behind Christmas Star, you can see Ragtime getting ready to bloom. I’m really hoping that one will be open by Christmas.

I didn’t pot up the three miniature Trentino in time, so I’m going to try to time them for Valentine’s Day blooms.

Hoping for some more winter bulb forcing fun for January and February’s Bloom Days — we really can have flowers every month of the year (if we plan it right)!

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: November 2016

Most of my borders look something like this one right now:

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, November 2016

Mostly cleared out and ready for a long winter’s nap.

Our first hard freeze a few days ago (pretty late for Zone 6a / 6b) finally stopped the Cosmos in their tracks.

Cosmos, After a Hard Freeze

I’d kept deadheading them through the fall, just to see how long I could keep them blooming. They really put on a good show this year, with minimal fuss — they may be my new favorite annual.

In the front garden, though, the snapdragons and foxgloves are both keeping on, despite a night or two just below freezing.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, November 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, November 2016

I know I’d said that I probably wouldn’t grow the Potomac Apple Blossom snapdragons again, just because I can’t keep up with their need for staking… but this reblooming habit in late fall might just change my mind about them.

So ends another year of outdoor gardening in my NW Ohio home. The remainder of the fall and the winter will be spent indoors, enjoying the blooms of forced bulbs and houseplants, and making plans to extend the bloom season out-of-doors next year.

As always, many thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day on the 15th of each month, all year ’round.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: October 2016

I took photos of my blooms on October 1st, just because I expected them to fade by the time bloom day arrived. Surprisingly enough, all the blooms were still blooming — plus some more!

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: October 2016

The red hardy hibiscus is still kicking out flowers! The white ones have long since been done.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: September 2016

The daylight hours are shortening, and here in my NW Ohio Zone 6a/6b garden, things are starting to wind down in preparation for autumn.

This chrysanthemum hasn’t been happy or healthy for the past couple of years. Two years ago, she was full of blooms; this year, she put out a scant few while trying to battle whatever disease or insect is skeletonizing her leaves.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: Sept 2016

The Nikko Blue hydrangeas (I found a Nikko Blue tag in the dirt, so I’m guessing most if not all of my mophead hydrangeas are Nikko Blues) are reblooming in the cooler weather.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: Sept 2016

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: July 2016

This month’s Bloom Day in Zone 6 features many more daylilies than I ever realized I had — so, about four, spread all about the property in unexpected places, as the previous owner was wont to do. Perhaps the deer repellant is working, or perhaps the mild winter helped coax some more blooms out?

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, July 2016
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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: June 2016

Here in Zone 6, the late May / early June blooms have all but faded, and the summer blooms are just beginning. At first glance, things look sparse — no wide expanses of color like I saw a couple weeks ago — but there are still plenty of blooms. More so than usual, actually, and I’m assuming I have our mild winter to thank for that.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: June 2016

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: May 2016

This Spring in Zone 6a/6b started out on the fast-track to Summer, but then managed to slow down to a crawl. Some blooms were ahead of schedule last month, but now other blooms are a little behind this month. I’m fine with that — the more of Spring there is, the better, in my book.

Starting in the front of the house, here’s what’s currently blooming in my corner of NW Ohio:

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: April 2016

Despite an early-spring false start and some hungry deer, things are looking like Spring in my Zone 6a/6b garden.

What I had been told might be a viburnum bloomed magnificently in its new location, at which time I realized that it’s actually some sort of Prunus — cherry, perhaps? It looked nicer before the snow, but it’s actually still quite nice.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: April 2016

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: March 2016

Things are starting up much earlier than in the past few years here in Zone 6a/6b. Not only are the spring bulbs springing, but the crocuses are in full bloom — both the Spring Beauty crocuses I planted in the fall and the mystery yellow ones that are currently in a weird spot behind a bush next to the house and really should be relocated.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, March 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, March 2016

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