This post is linked to the Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day on maydreamsgardens. It is an invitation to show what you have in bloom at this challenging time of the year. So do join in.
We have been relatively lucky here in Suffolk with just a few light frosts. There are still a few brave stalwarts hanging on from summer.
This is a wonderful little Erigeron which is always covered in flowers. As long as you dead head it, it keeps on flowering and it is not unusual to have it in bloom in December.
I am surprised that this lovely Anemone is still in bloom, it is a bit like the reliable ‘Honerine Jobert’, but I think it is much better and it just keeps on flowering.
I don’t know how this little Salvia has managed to keep going because all the other Salvias are looking very bedraggled. It is in a very sheltered spot though.
I love this Erodium. it is larger than many of its tribe and looks rather like a geranium. It flowers all summer long and as you see hasn’t given up yet. It self-seeds generously, but that is all right, there are always plenty of gardening friends who are delighted to take the babies.
This Kniphofia goes on and on and into the winter with its bright orange beacon lighting up a corner of the garden It provides a welcome splash of colour. An Iris foetidissima has placed itself fortuitously close by and its orange seeds are a perfect match.
With the Chrysanthemums we get into autumn bloomers but this one ‘Chelsea Physic Garden’ is still rather late; I have never had it in flower in December before. The photograph doesn’t do it justice, each bronze flower looks as if it has been dusted with gold. It is gorgeous.
This lovely Chrysanthemum is still going strong even though the ‘Emperor of China’ which is supposed to be late-flowering is long gone. I love its delicate shade. I hope Chrysanthemums are making a bit of a come-back, they have been out in the cold for too long.
I can hear people saying that’s a Schizostylis isn’t it? Yes it is, but we have to call it Hesperantha now. Do keep up. It’s so unfair though , just when you’d learnt how to spell ‘Schizostylis’ This one, ‘Fenland Daybreak’ is a lovely one.
Is it cheating to have included this delicate Nerine which is in the cold greenhouse? It is hardy and could grow happily outside but I think the flowers would have collapsed by now outside.
This Mahonia is a must for this time of the year. It hasn’t got the lovely perfume of Mahonia japonica but it is a cheering sight on a gloomy December day.
Every garden should have a Viburnum bodantense because it flowers all winter and is great for picking.
This Christmas rose is actually going to be in flower for Christmas which is unusual. I can’t take credit for its pristine appearance though, this is one of the plants I bought a couple of weeks ago for my new bed.
Every year you see readers’ letters to the newspapers saying that they have seen snowdrops out very early and is this a result of global warming? Well, as every galanthophile knows this snowdrop flowers in November so this flower is late if anything. I have a clump elsewhere which is almost over. Anyway whatever the season it is gorgeous.
The joy of these little spring darlings is that they sometimes flower so early. I do prefer flowers which are harbingers of spring rather than hangers on from last summer.
And this is a reminder for Hellebore bores and I am one of them that the season is nearly upon us. How ever many you have (and they seed so generously you probably have lots) you never, ever have enough.
Lovely blooms and I’m fast becoming a Hellebore Bore, as you call them. I want more! Thanks for sharing your blooms for bloom day.
I think Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is a great idea, especially at this time of the year. It made me go out and find things I would have probably overlooked. Perhaps later you should have a Hellebore Bores day!
You still have lots of lovely flowers, the mild weather is keeping the garden flowering for longer than usual. Today it is pouring down, which will be good for the garden as it is a long time since we had rain. your Kniphofia is amazing still flowering in December, and you might almost convert me to Chrysanthemums, do you bring yours in for the winter or do you cover them with a mulch?
Yes it is miserable here too but the sun came out this morning so I could take the photos. The Chrysanthemums I grow are quite hardy.It is lovely to have something to look forward when most of your other plants are calling it a day.I am a recent convert. I heard Bob Brown from Cotswold Garden Flowers extolling their virtues and I started looking at them and became hooked.
You’ve so many lovelies still blooming! We had a deep freeze that lasted for several days so all of the autumn hangers on are now quite finished. I was outside yesterday cleaning up a large musa basjoo that had collapsed after the freeze and noticed that my Mahonia x media is also blooming. You’re right, it is a cheery sight on a dreary December day and hummingbirds love it! Happy GBBD!
Humming birds?! oh wow, how exotic, I wish we had them. Is your Mahonia fragrant? My ‘Lionel Fortescue; although showy, has no discernible scent.. Thank you for leaving a comment.
How lovely to see that there is still colour to be found at this time of year! A garden near me has lots of Nerine bowdenii ‘Stephanie’ on show. I’ve been wanting to know the name of them and now after reading your post I know. Thanks!
Thank you for leaving a comment, Bertie. I should really get you to come and take the photos for me. I’ve heard that you are the world’s greatest photographer!
Thank you for your kind words Chloris. I’m sure something can be arranged. I’ll have my people talk to your people.
you have so much to enjoy! I love the hellebores..
Thank you for calling and leaving a comment. Yes, we are lucky here not have had any snow or too much frost so there are more flowers around than is usual for December.
I enjoyed your December blooms Chloris. Interesting to see ‘Barnes’ in flower – one of the many snowdrops on my wish list. As for hellebores being boring – never! 🙂
No, Anna,. Hellebores are never boring, but Hellebore enthusiasts can be, because once they are in flower one finds it difficult to talk about anything else. Do try and find G. Barnes it is so lovely.
It’s very tempting to seek out early flowering snowdrops and hellebores. At this time of year I just want Spring to arrive, and quick!
I know how you feel, Jessica. especially on a gloomy day like today.
So true about the Hellebores! Lucky you to still have blooms. I have none, and will have none until March or April. That’s just how it is, and I’ll have to be content with indoor blooms and viewing blooms on other beautiful blogs like yours until then. Lovely, lovely post!
Thank you very much for your kind comment. The great thing about spring bulbs and Hellebores is that we have the pleasure of watching them gradually emerge day by day.
I am impressed with your flowers! I am looking forward to my hellebores blooming, but it will probably be another month or so. My Christmas roses never bloom at Christmas!
Hello Deb, Helleborus Niger sometimes makes it in time for Christmas as you see in my picture. Most of my Hellebores are Helleborus Orientalis and they come later. But some of the buds are already showing which is always exciting.