In a Vase on Monday. End of Year Flower Count.

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 farreri
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’
15. Chrysanthemum
16. Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’
17 Pansy
18. Rosa viridiflora
19. Rosemary

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.

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26 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. End of Year Flower Count.

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Wow, fun reading your list. The flowers themselves are such a beautiful treat and the vase is exquisite. Happy New Year. Happy Gardening ahead.

  2. You have a bounty of flowers. That is such a good idea, I think I’ll actually count and see how many different blooms I have.

  3. Kris P says:

    This is a wonderful exercise. I always “see” less in my garden than there probably really is. What a range of blooms you have! I’m sorry you and the pianist suffered through colds over Christmas and I hope you’re feeling up to snuff now. Best wishes for a happy new year!

    • Chloris says:

      Well you always have so much in flower but it is a fun thing to do. Thank you Kris we are better now and I am looking forward to getting on in the garden. Happy New Year to you.

  4. Beautiful – thank you for sharing this

  5. Now that is festive and I love the container. Amazing what one can find when looking! Happy New Year and I wish you good health in the New Year.

  6. Cathy says:

    I am so glad you were still motivated to do a count though, and what bounty you have! I was really strict with my count, not including buds that hadn’t coloured up properly (some hellebores and a rhododendron for example), but seeing yours I know I have missed some – like skimmia – so will have to add these in a postscript. Shame I don’t like mahonia as the blooms on their own are so pretty, as your vase shows (and what a pretty vase that Wedgewood silver lustre makes). Hmm, and perhaps we should include catkins too, which are flowers after all…back to the drawing board… Thanks for sharing your December treasures, Chloris

    • Chloris says:

      Do you think we are allowed catkins? In that case I can count my Garrya elliptica. I am impressed that you have a rhododendron showing colour.

      • Cathy says:

        Yes, I am sure catkins should be allowed! The rhododendron is Cheers, which flowers when it feels like it, whch could be anytime between Dec and April or so

      • tonytomeo says:

        I was just about to ask about the Garrya elliptica. There seems to be Hedera helix in there too. With such a long list of ingredients, it seems that nothing would have been left out.

  7. Lovely! I also love the vase, very festive. Hope you are both feeling better. Wishing you a wonderful 2020, with love xxx

  8. Anna says:

    What exquisite treasures in your vase this week Chloris. The variation in number from year to year is intriguing. I’m not surprised that you could not bring yourself to behead one of those little daffodils. I hope that you and The Pianist are well on the road to recovery.

  9. Cathy says:

    A fabulous vase for the end of December. Happy New Year!

  10. Glorious, and the vessel is so beautiful, too! Happy New Year!

  11. Christina says:

    A beautiful vase, it is amazing what we can find in our gardens at this time of year. I picked a selection of what was flowering here and really surprised myself. A very happy new year to you Liz, thank you for sharing the joy of your garden.

  12. A beautiful arrangement, and I imagine very fragrant as well. Which is the six-petaled yellow flower with the tubular shape?

  13. snowbird says:

    What a fantastic display, and in the winter! I do hope you both feel better soon, the lurgy is a rotter this year. All the very best to you and yours for 2020.xxx

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