Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What's Bloomin' - December 2011

It's been a few months since I have participated in Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, so I was excited to have a little extra time to join in this month.

Since we have been hit with a couple of hard freezes in the last few weeks, blooms are in short supply in my perennial gardens, but my containers are full of cool season annuals with colorful blooms.


Instead of just the usual snapshot of pansies growing in containers, I thought I'd fire up the ol' scanner again and show you my blooms from a different perspective.

Here are a couple of scans showing a collection of my 
pansies, violas, cyclamen, and kale.


The pansies and kale can take just about anything our usually moderate winters dish out here in north Texas, so I have cheerful pansy faces smiling at me all winter long and well into spring.   The cyclamen is a little more cold tender, so it needs to be protected when we dip down into the low 20s and teens.  I also use dianthus, parsley, cilantro, lettuce, bok choy, and dusty miller in my winter containers.

If you'd like to see other garden scans I've created, click here.   And if you'd like to learn how you can create some beautiful scans of your own, click here.

Lastly, if you'd like to see what's bloomin' in other parts of the world, visit May Dreams Gardens as Carol graciously hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day each month for gardeners 'round the world who want to share their blooms.

I am also linking with Guest Heart Thursday 
because these pansies have stolen my heart :-)


Join me tomorrow as I look forward to spring blooms through winter foliage...

Toni :-)

17 comments:

  1. How beautiful. Looks like you have a variety of gorgeous blooms and color in your garden.

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  2. Very very beautiful Toni. You have the pansies of my dreams. When i first saw them I immediately love them as my favorite. However i saw them only 2x yet in person, and most of them are yellows and blues. In your case you have the pinks and reds, most beautiful. How i wish we can grow them here in the tropics, unfortunately they love it cold. Even that kale which i call ornamental cabbage is lovely too. Thanks.

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  3. Your scans show off your beautiful collection of Pansies, Violas and Cyclamen so well. What pretty faces they all have.

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  4. I love your pansy collages! They are so cheerful. I have made a note of your suggested container plants for the winter. I like the idea of putting some parsley in the mix!

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  5. The pansy scans are really pretty and fun to make too. I do like the containers with the kale, pansy combo, so colorful and lively. Happy GBBD.

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  6. I like the way you did that! Pansies are so pretty, they deserve to get special attention.

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  7. What a wonderful way to show off your beautiful flowers - especially the pansies with the gorgeous hearts! Thank you for linking these wonderful flowers up with Guest Heart Thursday. I've needed some flowers in my winter!

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  8. LOVE all the colors and tones you captured with the Pansies...so lovely!

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  9. I do so love pansies, so why haven't I planted any this fall? Maybe it's not too late. Yours are lovely.

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  10. aloha,

    beautiful pansies, they are so happy this time of the year,

    thanks for sharing them

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  11. Absolutely beautiful Toni! Sure makes it look extra barren around here by comparison! Larry

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  12. The pansies in your scan are just beautiful! They almost seem to be smiling at you :)

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  13. Gorgeous collections of Pansies! I agree with Diane--they always make me smile, too. So many colors!

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  14. Beautiful pansies. They are such cheerful little plants. :)

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  15. I love all your purple and yellow pansies and violas. Your collage is so chipper and happy. What a great technique. It reminds me of a beautiful still life. Your parsley in the pots is a great idea too but I would be cutting it off to add to some nice warm vegetable soup. Happy post.
    Jeanette

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  16. Hi Toni, I just love these pansy scans! There are like Dutch paintings. I just may have to try out the idea. Pansies are my favourite early spring annual. Their happy faces are so happy and cheerful!

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