Because I just returned from a two week vacation, I am going to bend the rules a little. Well, a lot. There is nothing blooming outside in my yard right now, but I just vacationed in three places where plenty of flowers were blooming.
Spouse and I traveled by car from our home in upstate NY to northern Virginia, then by Auto Train to central Florida, then by car to Sanibel Island, FL, then to the Tampa Bay area of Florida, then Savannah, Georgia, then home. (if you are not familiar with the geography of the United States, a map might be helpful at this point.)
Florida has a hot, humid climate in the summer, but can be quite pleasant in the winter. Many (not all) parts of Florida rarely get frosts. Sanibel Island is a zone 10b, a winter pleasure to this zone 5a (Binghamton, NY area) gardener. In Savannah, a zone 8b clime, you can find palmettos, but also a lot of favorite flowers: azaleas, dogwoods: but with a Southern twist.
So, this is what our vacation looked like, as told by flowers as spring and summer rewound into winter:
Bougainvilleas in St. Augustine, FL;
But come indoors. Here is my "miracle" reblooming orchid, now up to five flowers!
My Christmas cactus flowers came and went while I was gone - the dried up remnants are on the plant. But my kalanchoe - just starting to bloom last month; now look at it! (this was a gift to a seriously ill neighbor, who gave it to me a couple of years ago - and it is thriving, at least until the whiteflies get to it).
What's blooming in your garden/house?