January GBBD – Winter Flowers in the Garden…


January is the slowest time of the year for blooms in the desert.  However, due to our year-round growing climate, there are still a lot of flowers to see…

Bower Vine

 Bower Vine (Pandorea jasminoides)

Valentine shrub

My Valentine shrub (Eremophila maculata ‘Valentine’) is in full bloom.


One of my Mexican Bird-of-Paradise trees (Caesalpinia mexicana), happily blooming away…

Desert Sunset

Radiation Lantana ‘Desert Sunset’ is still blooming underneath my Dalbergia sissoo tree.

The tree has protected it from frost damage.

Silvery Cassia

The flowers are starting to peek out of the Silvery Cassia (Senna phyllodenia).

More blooms will soon follow from this Australian native.

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One of the Geraniums in the Children’s Flower Garden. 

In case you are getting tired of the flowers in my garden or just want to see more colorful blooms, I thought I would also show you some of the flowers currently blooming at Double S Farms.

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Baja Ruellia (Ruellia peninsularis) is a reliable year-round bloomer.

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The flowers of the ‘New Gold Mound’ Lantana lighten in the winter, but are still beautiful.

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I found this single flower on the Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis)

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Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii)

I’m not sure if fruit counts as a bloom for GBBD, but just in case….

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Kumquats reaching towards the sky.

And lastly, a photo of a single rose from the Neglected, Overgrown, Nameless Rose just before I pruned it back.  I realize I did not take the photo on the 15th, but it would have still been there if I had not pruned the rose bush back over the weekend.

I also wanted it to have one last opportunity to show off it’s flowers before the new flush of rose blooms come in March.

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English Rose ‘Glamis Castle’

Thank you for joining me for January’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day.  Please visit May Dreams Gardens for more sites featuring Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day.

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
32 replies
  1. Nell Jean
    Nell Jean says:

    Lots to see at your place and your mother's farm this time of year, unlike most of the rest of us. Winter is more bearable where there are bright spots.

  2. jodi (bloomingwriter)
    jodi (bloomingwriter) says:

    I am soooo envious…especially about the lantana. Love them, (they're annuals here, obviously) and can feel the warmth of the sun from here. Whcih is pretty good considering it's grey, dreary, cold and raining/sleeting here.

  3. Martha Z
    Martha Z says:

    Lovely blooms, the reward for living with the summer heat.
    The only thing blooming here is Rosemary; but working in the yard yesterday I saw the promise of spring in the sprouting bulbs and the growth on the California poppies in my garden.

  4. Brad
    Brad says:

    I really like that valentine shrub. Dark glossy leaves and primary red flowers. And the lantana always reminds me of Phoenix. My parents have quite a bit of it in their front yard. Alot of it from the original planting 17years ago I think. Is that even possible?

  5. debsgarden
    debsgarden says:

    All beautiful blooms. My favorites: the Mexican bird of paradise tree, the kumquat, and the old rose. I'm really looking forward to seeing the "Glamis Castle" in full bloom!

  6. Rose
    Rose says:

    Noelle, I never grow tired of seeing the flowers in your garden! And today I think you have the honor of being one of the few posters on GBBD to have actual blooms outside:) Lantana mean summer to me, and what a treat to see them in bloom now. Your rose is also gorgeous, and a kumquat tree is something I've never seen before. Thanks for giving us all something colorful to look at on this Bloom Day!

  7. Kathleen
    Kathleen says:

    How could we ever be tired of your blooms Noelle ~ they come at such a perfect time of year for winter weary eyes. You have some beauties too. Does it really frost there? I guess I was thinking it was probably a frost-free area?? Happy Bloom Day!

  8. Helen
    Helen says:

    Such pretty flowers. And 'Glamis Castle' made me skoot over to Google to do some research. A name with a long and storied history, from Macbeth to the Queen Mum. Happy blooming, Noelle.

  9. Bren
    Bren says:

    Dessert Sunset is my favorite in the summer garden here in Ohio!
    Happy Bloom Day … I enjoy your blog and can't wait to return!

  10. Autumn Belle
    Autumn Belle says:

    Noelle, You always amaze me with the gorgeous flowers you have here. Now, I am a changed person. I used to think that the only flowers that blooms in a desert are those of the cactuses. My post today on spider plant is dedicated to you, my first commenter for my Blooming Friday post.

  11. leavesnbloom
    leavesnbloom says:

    I would never tire of seeing your desert plants. I'm even thinking of having a lantana this summer too – pity they don't last more than the summer here. That is a delightful pic of the Glamis rose. I've written about RootGrow which David Austin recommends in my newest post on foliage – not sure if you have heard of this product in the USA.


  12. Meredith
    Meredith says:

    I cannot imagine having such beauty blooming year-round in the landscape. Sounds like you live in paradise!

    Love the form of the Glamis Rose, and your Valentine shrub is a real sweet treat!

  13. gippslandgardener
    gippslandgardener says:

    Beautiful photos of wonderful plants! I think the Cascalote foliage is lovely, I even tried looking it up, but it doesn't look like it is widely available here. It's probably not quite dry and warm enough for it anyway!

  14. Corner Gardener Sue
    Corner Gardener Sue says:

    You have some pretty blooms this month! I wish lantana was a perennial here.

    I enjoyed reading the post where you pruned the rose. What a job! I didn't notice the insect until you pointed it out. I'm glad you showed it. There are some not so lovely parts of gardening.

  15. Corner Gardener Sue
    Corner Gardener Sue says:

    I just looked up the ruellia because it reminds me of my wild petunia that grows here and there in my yard. I found out they are related. They are a take care of themselves plant I enjoy, but pull a few up when they come up where something else needs the space.

  16. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    I am late again here, haha. You have splendid rows of collections there and wildly blooming. I love in my garden most especially the lantana though their smell are questionable. But in yours i love the Valentine plant and your very special elegant white English rose. I compared it with the photo of the bush and just somehow didn't much. That is the beauty of a macro shot, shown on its own splendor. thanks.

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