Anyway, I do have a few things flowering out in the garden.
What would I and our resident hummingbirds do without Mahonia flowers in the winter? This Mahonia x media 'Charity,' one of three in my garden, flowers right outside our TV room window, and the hummers that flock to it in the winter are not only a distraction from the TV watching that I do, but honestly, sometimes a lot more interesting and fun to watch.
The flowers are notoriously difficult to capture in closeup.
|This one is always a bit behind in flowering than the other two, which is probably fine with the hummers, since it means the food lasts longer.|
|Still in bud|
|A few Cyclamen coum are still flowering, but most have gone past and the focus now is on their fabulous foliage|
|The same with Cyclamen hederifolium|
|Despite our week-and-a-half of frosty nights, this tall Acanthus spear is still stiff and trying to continue flowering|
|More buds waiting at the top|
|Fatsia japonica 'Variegata' aka Camouflage has lots of buds with just a couple of tiny open florets|
|Most of the flowers on Arbutus unedo 'Compacta' have faded to this sickly beige, although a few white ones are hanging on|
|Most of the "strawberries" have fallen off as well. Besides the leaf litter, you can see how the faded flowers are littering the ground under the shrub too.|
There's not a lot of flowering going on inside the greenhouse either.
|'Old Lady' Cactus often has flowers in her "hair" off and on all winter long|
|Begonias also continue to flower|
|Pregnant onion has produced one tall flower spike that has hit the ceiling of the greenhouse|
My Adenium obesum aka desert rose dropped all her leaves once I moved her into the greenhouse, very much like my Pachypodiums do. They've produced new leaves by now, whereas she hasn't yet. She does have this one flower bud, though, which seems to be in a state of suspended animation. Is she waiting to see if she survives my winter care before she rewards me with an open flower?
|Poor nekkid desert rose|