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.
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.
1 Jasminum nudiflorum.
2 Clematis cirrhosa ‘Wisley Cream’.
3 Lonicera pupusii ‘Winter Beauty’.
4. Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’.
5 Viburnum tenax ‘Eve Price’
6 Skimma x confusa ‘Kew Green’
7 Viburnum bodnantense ‘Deben’
8 Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’
9 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.