Choosing a Plant of the Month for December has been extremely difficult this year. While there are still some flowers blooming in the garden, they are all beginning to pass by or are a plant I have chosen as Plant of the Month before. I suppose the pansies might qualify, they are still blooming, as are some mums. Actually I was all set to settle on alyssum (a good plant though a bit weather beaten) when I spotted some chamomile blooming in the garden. Yeah!
Chamomile is a cool weather bloomer in my garden. It starts growing in the fall from seeds laid from the previous spring's blooms. Normally chamomile does not bloom until February or so around here, but this one plant stunned me by blooming early. It should bloom straight through until next April or so, but even if it is set back by some prolonged freezes, snow, whatever, it will be okay by me. Its blooms are so welcomed on this frigid day in December I can forgive it for suffering a bit from the cold, just like me. The welcoming sight of the new blooms and the fact chamomile is such a stalwart in my garden is the reason why I have chosen it as December's Plant of the Month.
in the garden....
Now what do you suppose I might have blooming in January? Probably nothing. We'll shall see. Wish me luck!