Friday, December 5, 2014


We were gone for 9 days over Thanksgiving and I have been playing catch-up all week. I didn't miss much over the last few days weather-wise but today was a different story. Misty this morning but warm enough to wear shorts. Definitely a day to be spent outdoors. Weeding is the order of the day-and there are so many of them. But first a walk around to see what's in bloom.

After that short spell of winter with several frosts we are back to more seasonable temperatures. The kind plants love. The globe mallow, Sphaeralcea ambigua,  is no exception. These milder temperatures always bring out the best in this plant.

The bees were also out today. Too busy to bother about me trying to hone in on a close-up. On previous warmer days they have been all over the alyssum but today they favor the mallow.

No one is visiting the yellow bulbine, Bulbine frutescens, save the gardener. I had a nice surprise this year when tens of seedling bulbines appeared in the cracks of the pavers. That is a first in all the years I have had them. It was a tough year for the mother plants as extremely cold winter temperatures killed many of the plants. Native to South America my zone 8 garden presents a problem during very cold winters.

This weather will be short-lived. Cooler temperatures are expected for the weekend but the plants won't mind.
I hope you have an enjoyable weekend in the garden or if the weather keeps you indoors then enjoy your gardening books.


  1. I'm glad you had good weather to work in your garden. I didn't realize that Bulbine might self-seed - it has been a great performer in my garden so more plants will be welcome if/when mine choose to cooperate.

  2. I'm headed out tomorrow morning!

  3. Beautiful blooms. And I'm a sucker for alyssum. It always seems to tie everything together.

  4. Ooof. I so need to be out weeding and yet I'm not. It has been too much fun to start decorating the house for the holidays with a family member who just finished up classes for the semester. The closest to gardening I've gotten in the past 24 hours has been getting paperwhite bulbs into some soil for a mantel display.

    That globe mallow is truly a lovely color. I can't get enough of it.

  5. I have some Bulbines planted that I hope will self seed but even if they don't they seem to bulk up quickly so can be divided. Christina

  6. Not sure why, but I've never had luck with alyssum. Yours is always so pretty.

    I do need to get outside and get some pansies planted. They've been patiently waiting.

  7. Beautiful, beautiful blooms. Makes me want to get outside right now and start planting!