In a Vase on Monday. Christmas Eve Flower Count.

Every year, my Christmas Eve treat is to stroll round the garden and pick a posy of whatever is in bloom for the table. This year as Christmas Eve falls on a Monday, I can join in with Cathy’s meme and share my vase with you. It is a beautiful day today so the treat has been extra pleasurable. I grow  as many winter flowering plants as I can but the count varies from year to year because you never know which ghosts of summer will surprise by lingering on or putting in a precocious appearance.

Lilac Abutilon vitifolum ‘Suntense’, Yellow Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’ and Chimonanthus praecox, Rosemarinus officionalis and red  Skimmia japonica berries

Iris unguicularis, Abutilon ‘Nabob’, Jasminum nudifolium

Erica darleyensis ‘Silberschmelze’, Knautia macedonia

When counting, I only allow myself one rose, the one I selected this year is reliable long flowering ‘Sally Holmes’. I have just one hellebore although I suppose I could have included Helleborus niger as well as Helleborus orientalis. I have one primrose although I have them out in different colours. I have three abutilons because they are all so different. I love big, bright red Abutilon Nabob’ and variegated Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’ with orange flowers. They are both blooming merrily away outside although they are not hardy, they are too big to bring inside. Lovely lilac Abutilon vitifolium ‘Suntense’ is reasonably hardy, at least mine has survived outside for years.I counted the three viburnums separately because they are so different.

Winter flowers.

1 Jasminum nudiflorum.

Clematis cirrhosa ‘Wisley Cream’.

Lonicera pupusii ‘Winter Beauty’.

4. Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’.

Viburnum tenax ‘Eve Price’

6 Skimma x confusa ‘Kew Green’

Viburnum bodnantense ‘Deben’

Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’

Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’.

10 Chimonanthus praecox 

11 Galanthus ‘Three Ships’.

12 Erica darleyensis ‘Silberschmelze’

13 Helleborus orientalis.

14 Primula (Primrose)

Ghosts of  Summer.

15 Abutilon ‘Nabob.

16 Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’

17 Abutilon vitifolium ‘Suntense’.

18 Rosa ‘Sally Holmes’.

19 Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’.

20. Nicotiana ‘Whispers’.

21 Knautia macedonia

22 Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cappucino’.

23 Hesperantha coccinea ‘Sunrise’

24 Pericallis senetti.

25 Iberis sempervirens

26 Erigeron karvinskianus.

27 Viola  (Pansy.)

28 Ferula officianalis. (Fennel.)

I thought it would be cheating to use flowers from the greenhouse so these are all from the garden. It is amazing what you find if you have a proper search.  And it is such fun. The total varies each year according to the weather but there are always some surprises. I’ve just remembered I forgot Cyclamen coum so the total should be 29.

I put my flowers in my Wedgwood Silver lustre jug to give a bit of Christmas sparkle.

Thank you Cathy at Rambling in the Garden  for providing such fun all year round to everyone who joins in with the compulsive meme ‘In a Vase on Monday’.

A very happy Christmas  to all my lovely blogging friends.

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33 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. Christmas Eve Flower Count.

  1. susurrus says:

    A wonderful crop and lovely, festive arrangement. Wishing you a very happy Christmas too.

  2. Noelle says:

    You are, l am certain, rightly proud to have such a lovely array of blooms. I wondered what part of heaven you gardened in…and checking your blog, found that you had made your corner in the UK into a heavenly garden. Congratulations and best wishes for Christmas and happy gardening in 2019.

  3. Christina says:

    I like the idea of wandering around the garden on Christmas Eve looking for blooms; you have quite a haul. I wish you a very Happy Christmas and a productive gardening year ahead.

  4. Flighty says:

    Lovely. Thanks, and to you too. xx

  5. Kris P says:

    I’d forgotten about this holiday tradition of yours, which I now recall admiring last year. I recently commented my suspicion that you have more in bloom than I do in my arguably more temperate climate and I think this post clinches the argument. Now that you mention Alstroemeria, I remember catching a glimpse of what would be an early bloom of our early spring here – I need to conduct a search to see if that was simply an anomaly or a portent of blooms to come. With just a little more rain, the latter is possible.

    • Chloris says:

      This brave little alstroemeria bloom has been hanging on in there for several weeks now. I’m glad I picked my flowers yesterday as we had a hard frost last night so there will not be so much to see today.

  6. Oh what treasures in your Christmas Eve garden Chloris. I wonder whether your flower count is up or down on last year. Wishing you and The Pianist a most Happy Christmas! xxx

    • Chloris says:

      This year is definitely up on last year but then up until last night we didn’t have a really hard frost. Thank you and Happy Christmas to you too Anna. Looking forward to seeing your snowdrops.

  7. Serendipity has provided a lovely Christmas posy for your table. Always amazes me what ghosts of summer roost for the holidays. Happy Christmas to you, Liz.

  8. Cathy says:

    What a wonderful Christmas Eve count Chloris – I usually do Boxing Day and am always amazed at just how many there are. You could probably have nearly doubled your count if you had included greenhouse blooms, I expect. The resultant vase is gloriously bright for late December and I hope you and the Pianist and your family have a wonderful festive time around it

  9. Eliza Waters says:

    So lovely and colourful! How fortunate that your climate allows 29 flowers in bloom in late December – I’m a bit envious. 🙂

  10. Fabulous! And you have just reminded me how wonderful Abuliton vitifolium is, a wonderful present in itself. Hope you are having a lovely time x

  11. snowbird says:

    Just beautiful! I am in awe of all you found blooming! Goodness. All the very best!xxx

  12. How lovely. So many very colourful and beautiful blooms. How does that number compare with last year? Better I am guessing. Hope that you’ve had a brilliant Christmas.

    • Chloris says:

      This is a good year, much better than last year but we haven’t had much frost yet. Yes, Christmas was lovely thank you, I’ve eaten too much though. Can’t wait to get out into the garden. I spent a few hours today and it was lovely.

  13. A fabulous number of blooms! I hope you had a very merry Christmas, Chloris.

  14. tonytomeo says:

    That is a lot of flowers to fit into such a small arrangement! Our abutilons bloom mostly through winter, and less in the dry summer weather. They will take a break if it gets cold enough. They seem to prefer humidity. They may have stopped blooming by now. I have not looked.

  15. Cathy says:

    What a fabulous Christmas vase! I missed it last week and am so glad I saw it today! Happy New Year!

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