According to the National Weather Service, it’s the least snowy beginning to winter that we’ve had since 1998. We’ve set also some record highs in the last few weeks. Snow can be hit or miss in December but usually the ground is frozen. It was frozen earlier in the month, but right now it’s not, and I spent a couple of hours yesterday weeding. Weeding in December. Such things have happened before.
The foliage of coral bells, lungwort, and foxglove all look lovely and unblemished, but they are all a matte green. The moss, on the other hand–and there is a lot of it in the woods–positively glows. I feast my eyes on it as I trample around our land, making the paths a bit easier to traverse by clipping here and lopping there.
What’s usually blooming in December?
The “Christmas” rose, Helleborus niger, is usually blooming now if there is no snow, and so it is.Really, with the exception of some stalwart violas and pansies, that’s all I ever expect to see blooming outside in December. Sometimes, if I’m lucky, Crocus speciosus is still sending up a few blossoms.
Signs of life I shouldn’t be seeingProven Winners sent me three sample plants in the spring and I planted them in a container. I loved it so much I transplanted them into the ground earlier this fall just in case they might winter over. If nothing else, I’ve identified a warm microclimate, because all the others have died except this one. It’s been unseasonably warm over much of the U.S. and Canada, so I bet you’ve seen some strange sights in your garden as well. Larry Hodgson’s article, How Will This Mild Weather Affect Our Plants? will help you figure out if you should expect trouble next spring because of it.
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.