Usually our flowering apricot buds and blooms repeatedly late January and in February. Today, December 27, 2012, is the earliest date I have recorded for it to bloom. It is the cultivar ‘Peggy Clarke’ of Prunus mume. Apparently it has been blooming for several days because my husband, Jerry, asked me if I’d see the blooms. They were probably open on Christmas!
The bottom picture was taken on January 20, 2012 on a sunnier day.
Prunus mume ‘Peggy Clarke’ with open blooms in late December.
‘Pink Icicle’ camellia buds
‘Warren’s Red’ I. decidua, another native deciduous holly, has never had more than 4 berries until this year.
‘Warren’s Red’ Possumhaw with leaves.
Winterberry, Ilex verticillata, is our newest deciduous holly.
Our mature female yaupon, Ilex vomitoria, a native evergreen holly, has its heaviest berry crop ever.
Camellia flowers in December
Hollies, both evergreen and deciduous, add their color to the garden. My ‘Pink Icicle’ Camellia began blooming in November and is still budding and blooming. We’ve also added Burford hollies and female yews on the new berm for their future berries. Enjoy!