Angel Trumpets, a wonderful symbol of the season but unexpected.
Exposed open Camellia blooms are easily frostbitten. Minimal shelter
protects them. Tight buds will bloom following freezing of open, tender blooms
once the weather warms.
It's rare to have a Pentas bouquet for Christmas. Once cut, the stems will
sometimes root in water for Spring planting. I noticed seed on some of them.
Must remember to gather seed. They grew easily where spilled on the
greenhouse. I might have luck with putting seed in a pot.
Count on Belinda's Dream
Tea Olive likes cold.
The only White Christmas we may see is Azaleas
blooming out of season.
Shrimp plant is tropical, but it is hardy.
In fewer than 20 years, this seedling is 7 feet tall.
Loropetalum is a tough shrub. It needs room to expand.
Frost touching the fringes will turn them brown.
White Loropetalum fringes.
A froth of Sweet Alyssum outside the greenhouse door.
Inside the greenhouse are the ubiqutious Christmas Cactuses
and pots of Hyacinths with green tips showing.
Heaters were run on the nights of December 18 and 19/
Duranta made a poor showing all summer, trying to make up for it now.
Grandma's Yellow Rose, another tough one.
White Pentas behind it.
We are under a Flash Flood Watch beginning tonight until Christmas Eve. The predicted high on Christmas Day is 83º --those with fireplaces will have to run air-conditioning. Don't laugh, I've seen it done.