Pentas continue to bloom in shades of pink, red and white.
Miss Julie's Favorite
Camellias are starting to bloom after we had a near freeze. Now the weather is so mild the blooms are drying up. With so many to show, I decided just to display the seedlings.
A good example of what hybrids do. There's never been a Camellia like this, here.
It isn't a perfect flower, but the color is wonderful.
This seedling resembles one that is starting to bloom that has mosaic virus which causes the leaves and flowers to be variegated. This one is virus free, likely a seed from the virused one but the virus was not passed on.
I digress. White Azaleas are blooming out of season during the mild weather.
I bought these as Delaware White. I think they were mislabeled.
Two more seedling Camellias. Years back when I gathered and planted seeds, I paid no attention to things like pollen donors and pod parents. I can only guess which these came from.
It took nearly 20 years for plants to grow as tall as I am and produce a substantial number of flowers. It was worth the wait. There is a process for naming and registering seedlings. MIL's sister grew a seedling that her daughter registered with the Camellia Society, "Annie Jones" Camellia.
The more prolific blooms are in early spring. This is a secondary blush.
All my Loropetalums are seedlings from Miss Billie.
"The Loropetalums with green leaves will bloom white," she said.
A look back at the darker Loropetalums through the leaves and blooms of the white. The bare trees on each side are Crape Myrtles.
A last look at pale pink Pentas with a Skipper on the right blossom. These grow around the ankles of Angel Trumpets that don't seem to know it is December.
Brugmansias starting a new round of bloom.
What's left for Bloom Day? Several things in white like Gerbera Daisies --another of my seedling experiments-- and white Camellias, the most romantic of flowers except maybe Gardenias.
I look forward to Bloom Day ten days before Christmas. My Amaryllis will not have buds in time, so I anxiously wait to see who successfully forced some in time while I wait for mine. My poinsettia from last year has some tentative bracts and tiny buds trying to form.