Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. 15 December 2013

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.

Erigeron 'Wayne Roberts'

Erigeron ‘Wayne Roberts

Anemone x hybrida 'Adelaide Atkinson'

Anemone x hybrida ‘Adelaide Atkinson’

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.

Salvia microphylla var neurepia

Salvia microphylla var neurepia

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.

Eordium manescani

Eordium manescani

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.

Kniphofia rooperi

Kniphofia rooperi

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.

Chrysanthemum 'Chelsea Physic'

Chrysanthemum ‘Chelsea Physic’

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.

Chrysanthemum 'Mei-Kyo'

Chrysanthemum ‘Mei-Kyo’

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.

hesperantha coccinea 'Fenland Daybreak'

hesperantha coccinea ‘Fenland Daybreak’

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.

Nerine bowdenii 'Stephanie'

Nerine bowdenii ‘Stephanie’

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.

Mahonia x media 'Lionel Fortescue'

Mahonia x media ‘Lionel Fortescue’

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.

Viburnum bodantense

Viburnum bodantense

Every garden should have a Viburnum bodantense because it flowers all winter and is great for picking.

Helleborus niger

Helleborus niger

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.

Galanthus elwesii 'Barnes'

Galanthus elwesii ‘Barnes’

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.

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19 Responses to Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. 15 December 2013

  1. indygardener says:

    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.

    • Chloris says:

      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!

  2. Pauline says:

    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?

  3. Chloris says:

    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.

  4. Peter/Outlaw says:

    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!

  5. Chloris says:

    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.

  6. Bertie Booth says:

    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!

  7. you have so much to enjoy! I love the hellebores..

  8. Chloris says:

    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.

  9. Anna says:

    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! 🙂

  10. Chloris says:

    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.

  11. rusty duck says:

    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!

  12. Chloris says:

    I know how you feel, Jessica. especially on a gloomy day like today.

  13. 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!

    • Chloris says:

      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.

  14. debsgarden says:

    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!

    • Chloris says:

      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.

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