The only true bloom I have right now is my Christmas cactus, which I realized on looking back through older posts, is the same bloom I've featured the past few years for December Bloom Day. Actually, this is a small one I bought last year, and I'm happy to see it blooming again. The older Christmas cactus isn't showing any sign of blooms, evidence of my brown thumb when it comes to houseplants.
The real story, though, is outside, where we finally received our first measurable snowfall. Winter storm Cleon went south of us a week ago, missing us except for a light dusting of snow. But nearly a foot of the soft, fluffy kind fell on us overnight yesterday, creating a true winter wonderland.
For a few hours at least, the snow clung to branches everywhere. All this tree needs is some Christmas lights--and a helper with a 40-foot ladder to hang them:)
Hydrangeas bowed down under the weight of the snow. Not to worry, though, they soon recovered.
The clematis and its trellis provided a base for some interesting ice sculptures.
'Limelight,' probably my favorite hydrangea, looks good even in the winter.
Russian Sage, Knockout Roses, and Purple Coneflowers all sport white "blooms."
No one will be sitting on the arbor bench for a while, I suspect. I thought it was funny that the green tape showed up so bright in this photo. I tied up the many canes of the climbing rose that were going every which way--pruning this plant is one of the first projects to tackle come spring.
I always leave the coneflowers standing for the finches, but by October they look pretty ratty. They look so much better sporting their winter hats.
I intended to put more Christmas decorations outside, but the weather turned bitterly cold last week, and I've decided it's not worth the trouble anymore. I wasn't quite satisfied with the pine and berries I put in this pot, but the snow added just the right finishing touch.
Not your usual blooms for Bloom Day, but I'm enjoying Mother Nature's added touch to the garden; I hope it stays white for Christmas! To see what's blooming all over the world, do visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens for this monthly celebration of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.