Have you experienced a warmer then normal winter this year?

I certainly have, although I’m not complaining because my garden loves it.  I took a walk around the garden and was so pleased to see quite a few plants blooming….

Purple Lilac Vine (Hardenbergia violaceae)
My purple lilac vine blooms this time every year, which makes it a great vine for the garden.  The foliage is evergreen in my zone 9a garden through out the year, which is also a plus.
It can be hard to find this flowering vine in the nursery later in the year.  So, grab it now if you want one.
Firecracker Penstemon (Penstemon eatonii)
 
Firecracker penstemon is my favorite plant.  I starts blooming in January and goes until May.  Hummingbirds love it too!
Pink Beauty (Eremophila laanii)
My pink beauty shrub has grown tall 8 ft.), which I love because it covers an expanse of bare wall in the garden.  This Australian native is evergreen in my garden.
Valentine (Eremophila maculata ‘Valentine’)

This is my second favorite plant.  Valentine flowers from December through May in my garden, with the peak bloom arriving on Valentine’s Day!  Hardy to zone 8.

Purple Trailing Lantana (Lantana montevidensis)

Normally, my purple trailing lantana is brown and crispy from frost – but not this year.  Butterflies just love this plant.
Pink Trumpet Vine (Podranea ricasoliana)
My pink trumpet vine blooms next to my vegetable garden.  I just love this plant too!

How about you?  Do you have anything blooming in your garden this month?
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, 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."

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  1. Desert Dweller
    Desert Dweller says:

    Just 400 miles / 4000', and so different up here. We had a cold December, but mild since without anything warm. Your blooms are great relief to look at, especially since it looks like not even 1 hard freeze has visited your garden. The lantana is amazing.

    Here – winter jasmines really starting to bloom, especially lower in town. Some rosemaries and bulbs blooming. The early trees have swelling buds, maybe blooms in a week or two?

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  2. HolleyGarden
    HolleyGarden says:

    Love the pink trumpet vine! I generally only see the orange ones. The pink is so much prettier. Love the purple lilac vine, too. Blooms at this time of year are special. How nice to have so many!

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  3. Cassandra
    Cassandra says:

    These are beautiful. I came across your blog when my landscaper suggested trumpet vines for a few spots in my yard and I wanted to see what they looked like when mature. Most look so "unruly" and heavy.How do you keep your trumpet vine looking so delicate? (if you have time please email me cassandrabrennan@att.net )

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