Ok, so I know it is supposed to be "Christmas Cactus," but hey - I have never had much luck with those...SO I have named this the Christmas Camelia:
I just could not be happier with this little guy! He is loaded with blooms and only stands about 2 feet high. I know he will get much bigger over time, but these guys are a pretty penny - so I bought small...and it is paying off!
Some other fun moments I captured in the garden today in the gorgeous winter sun:
Hellebores ready to burst:
Peach tree getting ready for spring:
Harry Lauders always looks the BEST this time of year:
I just love this time of year in the garden - seeing the frost on everything first thing in the morning...so peaceful!
Since I have last written, we have enjoyed the fall season and are now in full-swing Christmas mode here. It even snowed down in HOTlanta yesterday!
I am truly enjoying how low-maintenance my garden has become. Now that I have most of the projects checked of the list, the routine garden chores are the only things needed to keep soapHOUSE grows a- growin'!.
Here is a view of the front yard in late fall:
I don’t know if it is how much rain we got or that my plants are more mature, but I didn’t have to chop down the trumpet trees and elephant ears until today. Last night is was down right at freezing, which is the first hard freeze we have had. I usually have to chop these tropicals down in mid October. It had been great to enjoy them this much longer. Even the jalapeno plant produced until mid November!
The knock-outs are still giving me some blooms:
and one of my fatsias is blooming for the first time! Mr Bee seems to like it too :)
Also, the camelia out front is always so beautiful in the early winter:
and the hot pink one that I planted 2 winters ago is now doing it’s bloomin thing and I can see them smiling at me while I do dishes ( I planned it that way)!
I have planted swiss chard, parsley, peas, brussel sprouts and greens for the winter garden. They all germinated and I am interested to see what does for me through the winter.
The only thing left to get the garden completely winterized is to spread some pinestraw and enjoy.
In February, when it is time to cut back all the grasses, I plan to divide them all (think I will need hubbies help with this - chainsaw or axe or something) and then I will scatter the divisions back by the creek to really fill that area in.
All of the Christmas decorations went up last weekend and now I turn all my spare time and efforts to the kitchen for the fun of Christmas baking and cooking. I just love it!