Thanksgiving for the Southern Coastal gardener means your Fall vegetables are in full swing. Annuals holding over from the Summer are petering out, but your Thunbergia grandiflora vine is just beginning to echo the sky. What a color! Not your traditional color of the season. Autumn generally means oranges, reds, yellows and finally brown, but this winner stands out in the autumn garden. I wonder how it would look growing behind a stand of plumbago?
In the Northern garden, the asters are probably fading, and the last rose of the year may be holding on til the next frost or cold night. But in a protected Southern garden, many annuals keep on. The pansy is coming into its own. The foliage of the ginger lilies streaks against the sky and sheltering palms.
As the calendar moves toward December, the season of the CAMELLIA comes to a crescendo. A hedge of pink Camellia japonica began blooming weeks ago. A small red camellia near the house has already finished. I have changed out two containers of summer annuals with a filler of dusty miller, pansies, no spiller, but a THRILLER….drum roll…Camellia sassanqua “yuletide’.
The woman at the nursery recommended that I get them in the ground ASAP. I have no intention of doing so. I plan to keep them in large pots, a happy pair . I will dig them in the ground after Christmas….maybe. I like to do things my own way…sometimes perilous in the natural world.