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Jan 4, 2023 7:45 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
Here I am with my Gazanias again. Took this in mid-December. They were enjoying the rain at that time.

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And these will look very nice in about 5 months, self-sown bright yellow poppies and pink ribbons clarkia.

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Jan 21, 2023 4:17 PM CST
Name: Jess
central NY- Zone 5a, really a
I'm so jealous that you have blooms and greenery in Jan! Does your season ever really wind down, or could you grow continuously?
Future goal of Eiss Haus Dahlias
Jan 21, 2023 5:03 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
I can have dahlia blooms at Thanksgiving, but the day length eventually sends them into a decline and then we will get enough cold to blacken the surface growth. Plants that people refer to as 'hardy annuals' are growing enthusiastically this time of year, awakened by the rains. All of our native annuals are this type of plant. We almost never see snow. It certainly hasn't in the last 20 years. I see dahlias blooming in people's yards in May in sheltered spots, certainly from clumps left in the ground. I don't have dahlias in any of those type of spots so earliest is June for me.
Jan 26, 2023 8:38 PM CST
Name: Brenda
Orcas Island, WA

those are beautiful gazanias, Amanda - and dahlias blooming in May or June! I'm so envious of your flowers!

My poor geraniums and gerberas were in full bloom in mid Dec. on the back balcony... and then that EVIL Arctic storm caught me sick and not ready; then it snowed over a foot. i lost them all because i didn't get them inside this year. Many were 8-10 yrs old and i have always taken time and trouble to drag them indoors. Deep freezes can hit here through Mid March; one never knows what will be killed by a zone 6 storm in our supposed zone 8 area.

. Would love to have more winter blooming things besides the primulas, but it's chancey here, and the poor early mason bees and bumblebees often get hit the hardest because when the blooms on the early flowering trees and shrubs are killed by these arbitrary freezes, the bees have have no pollen or nectar. a sunny south facing sheltered wall is a coveted thing here!
Jan 26, 2023 8:52 PM CST
Name: Ted
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
We may have some geraniums survive the winter.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
Jan 27, 2023 12:48 AM CST
Name: Erika
Zone 3b, Matanuska-Susitna Val
We have some uber hardy native geraniums here that can pretty much take anything Mother Nature throws at them. I love those.
The non-Native ones have to go to a local greenhouse for the Winter. Right now I have 5 rose bushes, 2 butterfly bushes and a few other babies hanging out there. Costs about $300 - $400 every year but it's worth it. Even if I only get to enjoy them for 3 1/2 months. (Pick up just before Memorial Day, Drop off just after Labor Day).

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