I have missed so many bloom days this year, due to absence from the garden, and this was to be a really nice one. We had so much summer-like weather in November and December that the whole garden was blooming crazy. Then......
Three nights of temperatures in the 20s. Does this look like a Christmas tree to you? This poor wilted mother of thousands. I thought it did and I also thought it deserved a star!
The tough soap aloe, on the other hand, shrugged off those freezing nights and the bloom promises to fully open this week.
The gray mallow also survived. How I love this plant and so do the bees. It may be lucky being somewhat sheltered from a north wind but all around are shriveled and blackened so I think this is a tough survivor.
Not looking so happy is the one Celosia spicata I permitted to stay in the garden.
And yet just 10' away, outside the garden and behind the compost bins, a survivor.
Finally the flowering, soon to leave this world, Agave desmettiana, opening its lower flowers and then getting zapped. I'm afraid the others will not open.
How is your garden faring now that winter is upon us in the Northern hemisphere and summer has arrived in the Southern hemisphere? Share your bloom day photographs with the rest of us at Maydreams.
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