Each year on Christmas Eve I do a flower count and see how many different blooms there are to pick to for the Christmas table. This year I am doing it for the New Year’s Eve table instead as the Pianist and I were too full of colds to bother with flowers for Christmas. Cathy at Rambling in the Garden usually does hers on Boxing Day, here is her grand total for this year. It is interesting how it varies from year to year according to how many unseasonal hangers on or precocious spring blooms there are. This year although it is quite mild there are rather lean pickings as apart from roses there are few lingering summer blooms.
I used a Wedgewood silver lustre jug to give a bit of seasonal sparkle. Here is what I found.
And here is the list.
1. Lonicera purpusii’ Winter Beauty’ (Winter Honeysuckle.)
2. Jasminum nudiflorum. (Winter Jasmine.)
3. Hamamelis x intermedia. ‘Livia’. (Witch Hazel)
4 .Viburnum tinus
Viburnum bodantense ‘Dawn’
5. Chimonanthus praecox
6. Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’
7. Skimmia rubella
Skimmia ‘Kew Green’
8. Sarcococca hookerianum var. digyna
9. Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’
10. Clematis ‘Freckles’
11. Galanthus ‘Three Ships’
12. Cyclamen coum
13. Helleborus orientalis ‘Phoebe’
14. Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’
16. Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’
18. Rosa viridiflora
Although there are different kinds of skimmia and viburnum and I have different kinds of hellebore in bloom that doesn’t count, so I only allow one for hellebore, one for viburnum and one for skimmia. To make the list complete I should have included one of my little ‘Cedric Morris’ daffodils but I couldn’t bear to pick it. Still, I am pleased with my posy and it has several fragrant flowers so it is nice to sniff. Last year’s vase is here. There were 29 flowers, so quite a lot more but every year is different.
Thank you Cathy for hosting In a Vase on Monday and getting me outside looking for blooms. I enjoyed my prowl and seeing the noses of so many bulbs to come. And even when the garden looks bare there are always treasures to find if you look hard enough.