December Bloom Day

When I realized that I am commenting on many blogs as Word Press Seedscatterer, I rushed back to duplicate the Blogger version here.

Come and peek into the greenhouse to see what’s blooming indoors; then we’ll look at the blooms outside. My goal is blooms year ’round even if I have to fudge a little in January with forced bulbs if a hard freeze takes out Camellia blooms here in the Coastal South.

Christmas Cactus, Graptopetalum and bromeliad Neoregelia
in a grapevine ball in the midst of chaos.
White Christmas Cactus at top.
Top left Christmas cactus color is not yet determined, the last to bloom.
Can you see the green pepper at bottom center?
I cut back a tall plant and blooms appeared and now a pepper!
Next year I want lots of white begonias, bottom right.
The Christmas Cactus cutting above has yellow
blooms. They show up white here.
This one is obviously pink and not quite open.
 Benfica Amaryllis about to move into the house for Christmas.
Firecracker Fern Russelia equisetiformis, and
Pineapple Sage in aqua pots are both blooming red.
For Christmas we will have food for the soul — Nymph Amaryllis —
and food for bodies: Green Pepper, Tomato and Eggplant, all plants
that were in containers outside that I cut back in early fall and brought
in when they regrew.
Violas from seed added to pots of purchased Pansies
outside the greenhouse doors.
Outside, Camellia japonicas are coming into bloom.
Some of the later-blooming  Camellias have fat buds.
The old Camellias that bloom by Christmas are starting.
Camellia sasanquas have more petals on the ground than on
the tree now. The petals last a while on the ground when it’s
cool, looking like snow — as close as we get.
Benfica Amaryllis, a last look.
The first Amaryllis in bud was Elvas —
I took it to the Beach on Thanksgiving for our
daughter-in-law and son to enjoy.
It bloomed the next day, so I missed it.
Happy Bloom Day to all and a very Merry Christmas.
Join Carol for Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens and share your December Blooms.


  1. So pretty 🙂 Nice to see somebody has flowers in December.

  2. Dearest Nell Jean,
    You have quite some blooming plants in your greenhouse. My favorite is the white Christmas cactus! Love your winter tomato, bell pepper and eggplant. Shows you really have green thumbs.
    Thanks for pointing out about the cotton bolls; makes sense. For a second language it is always hard to figure out all the correct terms.
    Have a great 3rd Advent week and Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

  3. Oh how Fabulous everything is looking – so many exotic flowers! And the eggplant got me interested! I just planted mine so I am excited to see it bloom and grow!

  4. Happy Bloom day. Wow that you also have fruit on the vine so to speak. I love white Christmas cactus the most. Enjoy the season.

  5. Anita

     /  December 15, 2012

    Jean, your flowers are beautiful, I note your tomatoes and peppers. We have those also. I have been enjoying my camellia’s which is a red and white strip and the other side is a beautiful red.One of my patients grafted it and gave it to me a few weeks before I retired. He would always bring me a large box of blooms every year and this one was my favorite. I have always called it peppermint, but it is registered as a Bobby Rountree. I have shared them with my neighbors for decoration.

    • Nell Jean

       /  December 18, 2012

      The striped Camellias are always a novelty and so pretty. One of the seedlings I started so long ago has striped blooms, not as pretty as some but beautiful to me because I ‘growed’ it.

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