I am a couple of days late joining in with Carol’s Bloom Day on the 15th of the month but the link is still open and as I have been blogging for a year now I am interested to compare what is out now with what the garden had to offer last year.
In the back garden this pretty Abutilon megapotamicum is still blooming happily in the shelter of the wall. Yuck, I just noticed that something has been feeding on the leaf and leaving its calling card.
Kniphofia rooperi is still throwing up its bright red torches. This Red Hot Poker from South Africa always blooms through the Autumn and into the Winter.
In the greenhouse the cutting I took from the wonderful Chrysanthemum Chelsea Physic garden is in flower.
I have a pot of nerines which always bloom long after the others have finished and these are still looking wonderful.
But these are left overs from the old year, it is much more exciting to see which Winter and Spring flowers are coming out now. Let’s start with the hellebores.
My Christmas rose, Helleborus niger has been in bloom for ages now so it is well named.
The Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Shooting Star’ is earlier this year, it was still in bud for the December Bloom Day last year. I love all these ‘ericsmithii’ hybrids.
The wild Helleborus foetidus is a bit of a weed in my garden but I like its apple green flowers.
For fragrance we have the winter honeysuckle Lonicera purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’.
The first buds of the peerless Daphne bhlolua‘Jacqueline Postill’ are just opening. If you have nothing else for winter delight this is one you should seek out.
The spicy flowers of the Chimonanthus praecox are just beginning to open too.
Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis may be a bit of a mouthful to pronounce but its fragrance is wonderful. I would like to have a hedge of this wonderful shrub as they do in the winter garden at Anglesey Abbey.
The Rosemary by my gate is in bloom and I will include it with the fragrant flowers although you have to handle it to enjoy its scent.
I have already shown you the lovely Galanthus elwesii ‘Mrs. Macnamara’.
Galanthus plicatus ‘Three Ships should be in bloom for Christmas. When I went to check, I found that someone had got there before me and most of the flower has been chewed off.
In the front garden the Hesperantha coccinea ‘Fenland Daybreak’ is still blooming away. It has been flowering for months now.
I am not going to show you the left over roses, penstemons and geraniums although quite a few are still blooming away. We have probably seen enough of them for this year. And I have already shown you the winter jasmine; Jasminum nudiflorum , the Mahonias and the Viburnum tinus which are all over the garden.
I would love to be able to tell you that I have witch hazels out but the buds on all of them are still quite closed. If you want to see some Hamamelis you will have to go over to Angie at Angie’sgardendiaries to see her lovely ‘Jelena’. Or you could pop over to Cathy at Ramblinginthegarden because her Hamamelis Harry’ is just starting to open.
So we will finish by looking forward to a couple of harbingers of Spring. First a primrose, and then I was hoping to show you Narcissus minor ‘Cedric Morris’ which is very often in bloom for Christmas. As you see it hasn’t quite made it this year. It won’t be long though.
Thank you to Carol at Maydreamgardens for hosting this meme.
As I said in my last post, I decided to have a draw for a copy of this book as a thank you. I was so delighted with the thought and enthusiasm with which people entered into the debate that Christina started on Monday and that I wrote about in my post; ‘Is Taxonomy too Taxing?’ Thank you, all of you, for contributing and I wish I could send you all a copy of the book. I love it when we all start exchanging opinions about a subject like this.
I put all the names into my Transylvanian Shepherd’s Hat and the Pianist picked one out. Anna from Green Tapestry blog wasn’t included because she very sensibly already has a copy.
And the name that came out of the hat is Snowbird from Gardensandwildlife blog. So congratulations to the lovely Dina. A copy of the book is winging its way to you as we speak.