Well here we are in December and I am hoping that everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a very enjoyable one. Even though we are from England we have been in the US long enough that we enjoy celebrating a traditional American holiday and this year we had a houseful, with visitors from England as well. Our weather has been somewhat strange recently and it can’t seem to make its mind up what it would like to do! Whilst we enjoyed warmth and lots of sunshine we also had sudden downpours and blustery winds!
We love to go out to the coast to walk and we are very lucky that our favorite and very scenic beach is only about 45 mins away. My photos of our beach walk, show a very different scene to what one would normally expect from Florida!
As this beach is on the Atlantic side of the Florida peninsular it is subjected to a much rougher surf than the Gulf coast. On this day, the tide was up and a weather system off the coast was causing high winds, rain and huge waves!
We actually had a lot of fun getting thoroughly soaked and dodging errant waves and we still walked for ages as it was very warm!
My daughter Sophie
Hopefully, the next time I show you photos from the beach it will look a little more Florida-like!
I still have lots of color in the garden which is much appreciated. Camellias are blooming their hearts out, both Sasanquas and early Japonicas. It has been a good year for them.
And some with softer colors….
Silver Waves is an early season Japonica and its flowers are huge and very striking.
I think the flowers look rather like fried eggs (sunny side up!)
This little white one is a new one for me this year and is Camellia X “Winters Snowman” It has lovely pink buds which then open to reveal white flowers. A really pretty combination.
A few roses are definitely appreciating the mild temperatures. I’m in danger of over posting Bermuda’s Anna Olivier to Instagram but she has been so incredible this year!
….and there are still more buds opening each day.
Rose Jeanne d’Arc is another rose I tried this year and this little pillar rose is still putting out sprays of blooms.
The front bed still has a lot of color. I would love to give it a tidy up, but I hate cutting things back when everything is flowering.
The Monarch butterflies are loving all the Jatropha that is flowering. This one did not mind in the least that I was stuffing the camera lens in its face!
Jatropha always seems to flower well at this time of year and looks a little festive with all the green around it.
It is very tender though and is the first thing to get knocked back even with a slight frost.
Talking of festive, the amaryllis that I planted into terrariums last month are all doing well and the larger one is starting to flower. The color of this one is stunning.
Lucy decided she needed to be in this shot!
Such a stunning color that I had to take another with the macro lens…
It almost looks hand painted!
Have a wonderful week everyone and thank you so much for visiting.