Six on Saturday – December Flowers

Welcome to my South Florida garden via Six on Saturday. It seems counterintuitive to feature flowers so late in the year in the Northern Hemisphere. However, this far south, when the weather moderates it is like late spring climate-wise and some of the “normal” summer flowers are in bloom here.

My first African Marigold, probably in decades. These came in a cutting flower seed mix I tried just to see what would grow.

Zinnias, I have been enjoying these as cut flowers for a couple of weeks.

More Zinnias, these are ‘Green Envy’.

Sweet 100 tomatoes, just about ready to pick.

On a more tropical note, the Dombeya wallachii has just started to flower. I can hear the bees buzzing as I approach the plant. Someone aptly described the fragrance of the flowers as cake batter.

The whole Dombeya. At 15 feet tall, this should be spectacular soon.

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Happy Gardening and Happy Holidays!


19 comments on “Six on Saturday – December Flowers

  1. fredgardener says:

    Amazing is the word to describe the Dombeya soon in full bloom ! Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    PS : My indoors hibiscus sabdariffa seedlings have grown well and are about 40cm tall! I’m very satisfied …🤞

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  2. Tomatoes and marigolds and Zinnias oh my!!!!! How wonderful for you! I’ve just come in from the snow – which also makes me happy ( both the snow itself, and coming in from it 😆❄❄) . Hope you have a great Christmas!

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  3. Your second spring is coming along well. We are winding down here.

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  4. pbmgarden says:

    Cake batter-scented flowers. Genius.

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  5. tonytomeo says:

    Dombeya wallichii still sounds silly. It looks intriguing. I do not believe that I have ever met it before. However, this last picture does sort of look familiar, but only because of the leaves, rather than the bloom. The flowers in your older pictures really did look like the common name of tropical hydrangea suggest. Up close, it only slightly looks like it is related to mallow. If I remember, I should watch for it when I get to Southern California.

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    • It does sound silly. I think it is a mallow, got that kind of sap. I have friends in San Diego with Tree Dombeyas,

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Yes, it is in the same family as mallow. It is interesting to know that it lives in San Diego. If it lives there, it might be available in Los Angeles County, even if it is only marginal there. (Nurseries in Los Angeles County sell a few items that do not survive for long in the same region.)

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      • Not sure, these guys are friends from Landscape Architecture and have large Indian Dombeya trees. I would love to see them. I am at the far northern hardiness of this variety and it hasn’t been really cold here since 2010.

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  6. I look forward to seeing the whole Dombeya in flower. It looks dreamy. You don’t like the marigold then? I have to say that I mostly grow them in the vegetable plot, as companion plants.

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  7. Roguegarden says:

    The dombeya is gorgeous. I have decided to grow some zinnias this year for cut flowers – a first for me.

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  8. Cathy says:

    The Dombeya looks wonderful and the scent sounds intriguing! Love the zinnias!

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