December Flowers, inside and out.

To photograph the flowers in the garden I have been nipping in and out, trying to avoid the torrential rain, so I’m afraid this is a day late.

Starting by the back door, winter pansies are surviving all the rain in their pots.

Also by the back door, Chaenomeles is starting to flower, just a few flowers so far but it is covered with lovely fat buds which will flower on and off all winter.

By the front door, Jasminum nudiflorum is flowering, looking very springlike.

At the side of the driveway, Iris unguicularis Walter Butt looks far too delicate to survive the winter, but it does every year.

In the border by the field, Viburnum bodnantense Dawn is covered with flowers.

The perfume was quite amazing in this area and will continue on and off all winter as long as it doesn’t get too cold.

Into the woodland and G. Faringdon Double is still the only one flowering as yet, the others won’t be far behind.

Choysia ternata is flowering in the corner of the back garden, this is it’s third flowering this year.

I’ve come inside as it is so cold and wet outside! I won this Poinsettia in a raffle and it is now decorating the sitting room.

On the kitchen windowsill, Christmas cactus are still flowering , they started at the end of September.

My white Christmas Cactus was in full flower at the end of September and is now almost finished. It has one more bud to open, so I think it will just about make Christmas.

African violet has been flowering for a while now making a nice contrast to the Christmas cactus next to it.

That’s it for December’s Bloom Day, what have you got flowering in your garden?         Many thanks to Carol at May Dreams for hosting this each month, do have a look to see other flowers from around the world.

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14 Responses to December Flowers, inside and out.

  1. Katrina Middleton says:

    Wow I can’t believe how much beautiful flowers have appeared in your are. I wish we could have them here. Your Christmas Cactus ? Do you think Canada would carry them. ? Or are they just made for UK weather ?
    I must look into it as I love Christmas but love cactuses too . Xx

    • Pauline says:

      Hi Katrina, glad you like the flowers, do you have a covering of snow now? The Christmas cactus, Schlumbergera, is an indoor plant, it is on my kitchen windowsill. I’m sure you will find them for sale in Canada, I know they have them in the USA.

      • Katrina says:

        No snow today. Calling for rain this weekend. I have a feeling this will be a green Christmas. Thank you for the name of the cactus. I’ll look for it over here. Xx

        • Pauline says:

          I’m sure your loacal garden centre will have the Christmas Cactus Katrina. Having seen your wonderful indoor plants, I’m sure you will soon have a wonderful display of them!

  2. Denise says:

    It is this time of year Pauline when there is such a difference in what goes on in the garden! Lovely photos of both outdoor and indoor flowers. I will have to content myself with the latter for a few months to come!

    • Pauline says:

      Such a difference to last month Denise, I’m amazed at the Viburnum though, it looks so springlike. Indoor flowers keep us going over the darkest months, I have a Hippeastrum which will soon be in flower. Only a few more days and it will start to get lighter!

  3. snowbird says:

    What beautiful images, so colourful too, I have the Viburnum flowering too, as you say, it’s deliciously

    • Pauline says:

      The viburnum really looks as if it should flower in the spring Dina, I should have planted it nearer the house so that I could enjoy it more without having to up the garden to see it.

  4. Rosemarie Eccleston says:

    What do you do to your Choysia that it flowers more than once, Pauline ?! Love your winter garden x

    • Pauline says:

      I don’t do anything Rosemarie, it does it all by itself! It was planted by the previous people so I don’t even kmow which variety it is, but it will flower all winter into spring as long as it isn’t too frosty. I have another one which looks the same, by the garage, but this only flowers in the spring and another springtime flowerer is C Apple Blossom which I planted in the vegetable garden.

  5. Cathy says:

    Your ornamental quince never deases to amaze me, Pauline!

  6. Cathy says:

    Ceases, that was meant to say!

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