You see, Mother Nature tries hard to make all the blooms go away in the winter. And sometimes she succeeds. A hard freeze here, a snowfall there. But I'm fighting for an ever-blooming garden.
As I live in zone 8, it's possible, but not always easy. Who will win this year? Not sure.
She's doing her best to lull me into a state of bliss. All the roses are blooming right now, and she thinks I'm not thinking about winter. Actually, I am pretty blissful right now. But I know winter's not very far away. And no one (not even the weathermen, obviously!) knows what weather conditions winter will bring. So, it will be an interesting year.
Right now, the garden is blooming profusely. Roses everywhere. But it's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and I'm not going to talk about the roses. I'm going to concentrate today on the companions that are blooming right now:
Catmint - no, wait! That's just a cat!
Here's catmint! With a hummingbird moth!
Of course, the fall staple - chrysantemums. I admit to these being a new purchase. It'll be interesting to see how many years they survive.
And another fall staple - sedum.
And that's just a small sampling of what's blooming in my garden! Yes, Mother Nature is trying to lull me into a false sense of security that these blooms will stay. I know that it's not true. So, I'm going to enjoy them while they're here. And hope for the best in the months to come through the winter. And I do have hope!
Because I have something in my garden that just may beat Mother Nature at her own game. The camellias are budding!
And those are better than any bloom. Because this is a promise. A promise of blooms to come.