Strobilanthes, usually grown for the pretty foliage has short-day blooms,
usually seen here only under glass because frost usually takes out the plants
before buds start to open.
These are partly sheltered by tall pines and escaped recent frostbite.
Persian Shield makes a good houseplant. It's fairly easy to root.
I usually have several in the greenhouse. This year I only tucked
one in the back of the pot that holds the Bromeliad tree.
Persian Shield competing with a thug, wild fern. I thought the fern died.
A last look at the little coneheads.
A ten mile-an-hour wind is blowing from the south. The sun keeps trying to peek out. The temperature is 77º indoors and out. Hardly what we expect in late December.
Sulfur Butterflies are out, nectaring on late blooming Pentas.
Julia Child rose with white Pentas
There's an abundance of tropical Shrimp Plants. I'm usually just reading about
them this time of year. Justicia betonica declined to bloom again.
I was not surprised when white Azaleas bloomed before Christmas, they
are sensitive to just a little bit of warm air. I am surprised that pink
Azaleas have followed suit.
Pink Ruffles Azaleas are fooled into thinking this is late February's warm spell.
When my PNW friends finally forget and leave the door open, we'll really be whining when the wind comes whistling down the plain. We're getting used to warm, now.