December GBBD: Add to Your Spring Shopping List
It is time to walk around your garden again and assess what you need to add to make the end of fall an exciting time in your landscape. Do you need more late fall-blooming evergreen shrubs like camellias to give you a reason to go outside? Could your garden benefit from flowers that bloom in December like hellebores or snowdrops to relieve the gray? Make a list and take photographs so that when you are shopping next spring you know what you need and where it should go. I know it’s cold outside, but you never know what you might find to raise your chilly spirits like nature’s own dried arrangements (pictured above and first below), which I discovered during my own monthly inventory.
If you need ideas, visit local arboretums and gardens. I always find a trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, highly inspirational and informative. This time of year you can see the fabulous holiday display, A Longwood Christmas, with half a million lights and 39 miles of cords lighting 75′ trees plus a 4.5 acre indoor conservatory themed for the holidays. I know I am prejudiced, but I think it is the best in the world.
Today is Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for December when gardeners around the world show photos of what’s blooming in their gardens (follow the link to see photographs from other garden bloggers assembled by Carol at May Dreams Gardens). Here are a few more highlights from my mid-December stroll through Carolyn’s Shade Gardens:
My re-blooming iris ‘Immortality’ re-bloomed in early fall and then decided to do it again in late November. I could bring the flowers stalks inside and force them. But the fat buds hold such a promise of spring and they make me feel so hopeful every time I walk by them that I can’t bring myself to cut them. May you find many treasures on your mid-December ramble.
Note: Every word that appears in orange on my blog is a link that you can click for more information. It went down to 15 degrees last night so the camellias are brownish, but they still have buds coming. I covered the iris, and all the other plants mentioned are fine!