Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day-December

Carol over at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, a day in which all the bloggers in the world come together to show what's happening in their gardens. Okay, maybe not ALL the bloggers in the world, but quite a few! Anyway, I've seen a few of these posts over at My Bit of Earth, and thought, Hey, I like gardening and taking pictures-I could do that! Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is supposed to be the 15th of every month, but...um...I'm running on Hawaiian time?

Anyway, here's what's going on in my garden. Sorry it's not a great shot, but it was raining cats and dogs-you can see my poor bushes are pretty weighted down from all the rain. I can't tell you what they are; the only name I've ever seen is Mexican poinsettia, but if you do a Google search for this, you don't get the right plant. They do change color in the winter, like your standard Christmas poinsettias, but the leaves are very fine. This is one of my favorite plants. I love the winter white, and when it is in its white phase it also gives off a very subtle almond smell. (They really do look much prettier when they are all upright and fluffy and not thisclose to snapping in half).

For comparison, here is a picture of the same bushes exactly one month earlier. It is from a different angle, but you can see how much they've changed in that short time!

Here is a closer-up shot of the leaves. (Sorry about the Basset butt-he was busy exploring!) If anybody can tell me what the actual name of this is, that would be great! **Edited 8/11/09-I finally found out what this is! It is Euphorbia leucocephala.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my garden!


Sarah Laurence said...

Dreamybee, I was thinking you were brave to try your first GBBD post in December but in Hawaii that clearly doesn't matter. It must be a gardeners paradise. How lucky you are. I enjoyed your Mexican poinsettia. I follow another Hawaiian blogger, author Pat Woods.

Dreamybee said...

LOL-I guess that does sound pretty brave, doesn't it! Thanks for stopping by!

Carol said...

Nice to see what's going on in Hawaii. Thanks for joining us for bloom day!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Sue said...

I can't help you id the plant, but it sure is pretty all through the season!

Dreamybee said...

Thanks, Sue! Actually, I think Carol may have identified it on one of her previous blog entries. It looks like a Diamond Frost (R) Euphorbia.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue and Carol!

babybug said...

wow! love your garden! do you live in manoa? it looks so lush and green!

Dreamybee said...

Thanks babybug! We are on the windward coat, closer to the North Shore, but I think we give Manoa a pretty good run for their money when it comes to rain!