Dark days and dreary weather doesn’t mean gardens are dormant. Even though November began with wet, soggy snow; there hasn’t been a frost as proven by a these salvias and California fuchsias still blooming. And a few of the earliest spring indicators have appeared including Rosemary flowers and shoots of the earliest bulbs, including paperwhite narcissus. A handful of hummingbirds were seen when taking these pics. They’re still feeding on remaining salvia and fuchsia flowers, and take cover in nearby small trees and shrubs. In January they’ll begin feeding on the Arctostaphylos densiflora Sentinel Manzanita after it begins blooming.
Salvia microphylla “Hot Lips” with Rosa glauca hips. Rosa glauca was a volunteer seedling that worked out perfect.
Salvia Hot Lips will bloom until the first freeze, which has never been later than about winter solstice since I began gardening.
The biggest Salvia microphylla “Hot Lips”
“Autumn” flowers on Dark Star Ceanothus (California Lilac)
Erigeron glaucus x “Wayne Roderick” Seaside daisy. Can bloom most of the year if dead headed after blooming in spring, and agin in autumn.
Erigeron glaucus “Cape Sebastian” Seaside Daisy
Epilobium canum California fuchsia, not sure what variety. Blooms from June to December.
It’s my first winter growing Salvia spathacea “Hummingbird Sage” in Seattle, so far so good.
Paperwhite narcissus, the buds and flowers can be damaged by freeing weather but they’re surprisingly hardy.
Rosemary blooms all winter and spring.
I’ve found a wide array of succulents take Seattle’s rain in stride so long as good drainage is provided. Sempervivums and sedums are a sure bet, but I enjoy more exotic and dangerous choices like Dudleya, Echeveria and Graptopetalum or even Opuntia prickly pear cactus.
I think the big green one is an Echeveria, I don’t know what type, but it’s taken several Seattle winters in stride including freezing “lightly”.
Graptopetalum paraguayense. Handles Seattle’s rare freezes in stride also.
Dudleya farinosa, native to California and Oregon coastal bluffs. The rosettes multiply each year.
Echeveria “Neon Breakers”
I think it’s Graptoveria “Debbie”. These are tough as nails. Can literally freeze solid, takes Seattle rain, and tolerates no summer water for three months baking at 90F degrees.
Senecio serpens. Temperature below about -2C / 28F seems to be the danger zone that can turn it into a black mushy mess.