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December flowers


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.

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.¬†

Windmill palm seed harvest


I harvest windmill palm seeds in late winter and plant them asap. They’re ready when the color turns from green to dark bluish. The seeds are easy to germinate and in fact, there are often dozens of palm seedlings growing under mature trees. Seed viability decreases with time, so plant soon after collecting.