Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Say Goodnight, Gracie

Storms moved through last night with cold weather following. The first real freeze is expected tonight with a low of 29 degrees -- cold to us. I made pictures of the last of everything. Buffy kindly posed for perspective on the Lantana bed.

Goodnight, Julia Child.

Goodnight, Buckeyes.
Sulphurs and Gulf Frits were still busy on Tuesday in a cool wind.

Last of the zinnias. Purple Heart has already suffered a light frost.
Airplane plants may make it through the winter. I brought in some.

Crape myrtle color will be soon replaced by blooms on Camellias.
These are seedlings planted more than a decade ago.

Purple Lantana is hardier. Yellow has already stopped bloom.
Salvia leucantha behind has new growth at the base which will be killed back.


  1. Oh I gotta get outside and take some photos like you did, we will dip into the 20's tonight and tomorrow night too...thanks for the grand idea....beautiful spray of lantana!

  2. I think Buffy likes to have her picture taken. :D
    We are getting freezing temps, too. Your purple, lantana bed is really pretty. My white lantana never sticks around for very long. I thought it was a perennial.

  3. Oh my, those "last" pictures are so bittersweet. Even if it all comes back next year, it won't be exactly the same...

  4. I love the colors of those Lantana, i haven't seen that color here yet. So you dont have the snow yet. December is our coldest month with at least 24C and maybe that temp is only your spring, haha!

  5. the storm had not been able to wash out life and colours in your garden. Great photos... Cheers, ~bangchik

  6. Your Lantana is gorgeous! I am sure your Camelia's will cheer you for quite some time...good thing they're 'on their way'!! My Foxglove's don't know it's been in the 20's at night...they are blooming like crazy! It makes no sense at all to me! I wonder what will happen to the Buckeyes. Will they just die with the freeze?

  7. Good night, George.
    Wow! Nell Jean, that lantana is fabulous and in a perfect place to ramble. My purple seems to like the cooler temps more than our humid summers. It's always nice to see it come alive in autumn.

  8. and good night to a beautiful garden year.

    All joys to you and yours,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  9. Jean,

    Stopping by to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas.

    Sorry it's been so long since I've stopped by but I needed to take some time off - haven't been posting very much. Plus, now, I'm trying to get over pneumonia.

    Other than that, I feel real good, and I'm ready to dig into some chocolate cake and whatever else is loaded with sugar. lol

  10. Even the dog seems to have a lavender tint in that first beautiful photo!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  11. Happy New Year Nell ~ Hope this year is great for you. I love your purple Lantana, what a wonderful color, and a nice backdrop for Buffy.

    Love and hugs and happy gardening ~ FlowerLady

  12. Nell Jean. I came to wish you Happy New Year 2011! May you have lots of joy, laughter and good health.

  13. Jean, Like the new look blog! Happy New Year and looking forward to reading more in 2011. Charlotte

  14. Hi Nell Jean,
    I hope all is well with you. Buffy sure is a cutie. I love your sweep of lantana. I want to do more grouping of plants like that this year.

  15. Hope you are doing okay. I have some seeds I'm offering, drop by.

  16. Love that purple lantana..have never seen that color here in my area of Md. Did you plant it from seeds or buy starter plants? Now will it return next year? I thought lantana was an annual.

  17. I started with plants in another area. Every year I divide and move to other areas. Little pieces are easily rooted by layering. Lantana is perennial in the deep south. It is treated as an annual north of zone 8b.

  18. Wow, look at all that purple lantana! I already said I love it, but I'll say it again! I like the crepe myrtle, too. I don't have room for something like that, but got a couple small deciduous shrubs and some tall perennials today.


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