Most of the flowers in the garden at the moment are ones that usually flower at this time of year, but some are hanging on and just don’t know when to stop. No area has the wow factor at this time of year and I wouldn’t expect it to, it is more a question of searching for the flowers on my daily wander and they are there if I look carefully.
The first flower that I come across is the Chaenomeles, just outside the back door, you can’t miss it. This started flowering last month and will continue on and off all winter, depending on the weather.
This iris has been flowering for quite some time now, usually there are 2 or 3 flowers at a time, I just wish something wouldn’t keep nibbling them!
This Campanula just doesn’t know when to stop, it has been flowering non stop for about 9 months now, I think we need some frost to make it have a rest.
There are quite a few wild primroses flowering in the garden, a sign that spring isn’t far away.
The colourful Primulas are also thinking that spring has come, a frost will soon finish off the flowers, but I’ll enjoy them while I can.
Winter heather is flowering away at the base of the dead oak. There used to be a few heathers here, but one by one they have dwindled away, maybe I ought to take some cuttings.
Still flowering, Rosa Iceberg is looking really beautiful. I must cut all the roses back so that they will have a rest over the winter.
This iris doesn’t normaly flower here until the new year, so this is quite early. It is a darker blue than Walter Butt and loves its sunny position.
A few single flowers keep appearing on G. Totally Tangerine adding a lovely splash of colour to the border.
A few early snowdrops are starting to flower, but they will soon get a few posts all to themselves in Jan/Feb……..
………but most of them are at this stage.
Flowering all through the winter when the weather lets it is this Viburnum with its delicate perfume.
Tiny flowers on a small creeping Veronica by the Alpine Scree, the size must be about a quarter of the size in the photo.
N. Rijnveld’s Early Sensation is flowering earlier than usual, it is usually just about flowering by Christmas, so this year, I feel it is 2 weeks earlier than normal.
Keeping the early narcissus company is M. Valerie Finnis and this is really early, I have never known it to flower at this time of year before, I hope it doesn’t regret it!
Not flowers I know, but I thought you might like to see the tiny cyclamen hederifolium corms that I found while taking the photos for this post. I was looking for seeds but I think the ants have beaten me to the seed cases, however, I found lots of tiny cyclamen corms sitting on top of the mother corms, where they really don’t stand a chance of developing properly.
The tiny corms are like little pearls. I have now potted them up, 6 to a pot, where they will live for a year, there are 36 of them. This has saved me a year , if I had found seed they would have taken 3 years until they flowered, this way, if I pot them on singly in a years time, hopefully they will be ready to plant out a year later and flower in the autumn for the first time. I do love getting plants for free and I certainly wouldn’t go out and buy 36 cyclamen plants!
The 15th of each month is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, and thanks must go to Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Please pay her a visit to see flowers blooming around the world.