On the 15th of each month bloggers from all over the world take part in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day organised by May Dream Gardens. What is blooming in your garden?
In the UK gardening in January like the weather, was depressing.. However, here in the Algarve I’m amazed there are so many plants, shrubs and succulents in bloom.
One of my favourite flowers is the Arum Lily. The leaves die down in summer when the sun is intense but in the winter we are rewarded with the most wonderful flowers!
I’m not sure what this succulent is called but at the moment it has a profusion of yellow flowers which the bees enjoy.
The no name orange succulents are now in full bloom.
I love this succulent the leaves are so unusual who need flowers!
Gazanias continue to flower in January! They are such a rewarding plant and grow in a variety of different colours.
Both my pink and mauve bougainvillea are in flower. Not sure they should flower in January as it’s the winter here. Still we’ve not had any frosts yet and daytime temperatures on the south-facing protected wall where they grow have reached 25C plus some days.
Unfortunately the birds have decided to roost in them every night and poop all over our patio. Any ideas please how we can discourage them?
My Hibiscus growing in pots are still flowering profusely – I forgot to take any photos and it’s now dark!
Last month I joined a gardening blog hop where on the 15th of each month garden bloggers all over the world take part in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day to show you what is blooming in their garden.
Although I love flowers my main focus is vegetables. So not a great selection!
One of the most rewarding plants are the Gazanias Daisies. They flower throughout the year in a multitude of different colours.
I am not sure what these daisies are, but they seeded themselves in my garden. As I say a present from the birds!
I am growing this Hibiscus as a standard. Currently the only
Hibiscus I have which planted directly in the ground.
This Bougainvillea was not in bloom when I bought it. I asked for pink and was sold this. It looks mauve to me…what do you think?
I am not keen on in it, not because it’s not pretty it is. The bracts do not fall off but die on the plant where they remain making it look rather untidy.
The Purple hop bush is, I think, an extremely versatile shrub. It has striking purple leaves and during winter months delicate paper pink flowers. It withstands strong winds, poor soil and grows up to 15ft high. I have planted several to provide a pretty screen around the pool area. I have also taken cuttings which once established I will use as a contrast to my Oleander shrubs.
I’ve just joined a gardening blog hop where on the 15th of each month garden bloggers all over the world take part in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day to show you what is blooming in their garden.
My Plumbago bush is about 6′ tall!
The Hydrangea has flowered since early May and rewarded us with an abundance of beautiful pink flowers. Although the flowers are now dying off I still enjoy the papery flowers before they wither completely.
I love this oleander but unfortunately it is very slow-growing!
Did you know the leaves of the Oleander are poisonous and if you burn oleander it gives off toxic fumes?
I originally tried to grow this Bougainvillea in a pot, without success. In desperation I planted it in the ground, ignored it and now it’s roof height!
I’m unsure of the name of this plant; any suggestions please? Traditionally it’s a climber, but I’m growing as a trailing plant in this enormous pot! It does not require much water and seems to have a long flowering period. Grows best, as I’ve discovered, in full sun.
Yucca plants have the most amazing flowers!
I forgot to photograph my Hibiscus and Gazanias and it’s now dark, so no go. There’s always next month
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