Sasanqua Camellias have hundreds of blooms and drop petals like a carpet under the bush, or tree, in this case. Freezes take out the open blossoms, but there are always tight buds to open up quickly:
Camellia japonica 'Mathotiana' has been here since about 1970. DH pulled it up by the roots several years ago because it was too close to the house. A new plant eventually rose from a piece of root that remained.
Physotegia, or obedient plant, does not start to bloom until November here.
A brave Gerbera daisy and a bud. Notice the daffodil foliage at right:
We had a few freezing nights but we're back to balmy days and 50's at night -- see the NOAA weather widget in my sidebar. Last December this time we had pentas and roses still in bloom. Frost took them out this year in November.
See what's blooming all over the country at May Dreams Gardens Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day