I wasn’t expecting to find many flowers at all this month, but once you start looking, it’s amazing how many you find. The weather has been quite mild for December so that is why any flowers that have ventured forth, haven’t been bitten by any frost. The first one is right outside the back door and will keep flowering on and off all winter as long as the temperature stays above zero, it is a quince or Chaenomeles.
There are just a few flowers out at the moment, but the branches are covered with hundreds of buds, if the weather stays mild, it should be beautiful by Christmas!
More buds are out now on the Iris unguicularis that I showed you a couple of posts ago. Seeing such vulnerable flowers in December is amazing, just hope the weather stays mild for them.
Mahonia Charity has been flowering for quite some time now and is looking very pretty. This bush is by the dead oak and is kept to about 6ft tall, we have another in the border by the drive which has grown to about 10ft, so as soon as it finishes flowering it will be cut back.
In the border by the field, Viburnum bodnantense Dawn is looking beautiful, absolutely covered with pretty flowers, so no frosts for a long time please!
Just in front of the Viburnum is Rose Brother Cadfael, still putting out more flowers.
The same as Rose Iceberg, still lots more buds to come.
Lots of clumps of Campanula porschaskyana are still flowering around the garden, it never seems to stop.
While sweeping up the leaves in the back garden the other day, I noticed that Choisya ternata had decided to flower, lots of buds, so hopefully they won’t get frosted.
Erica or Tree Heath, which is behind the alpine scree, is just about to flower. I keep this bush to about 5 ft tall, so this will soon need cutting back, when it has finished flowering.
Maybe past its best, but Miscanthus Silver Feather is still adding a certain something to the garden.
Miscanthus malepartus looks stunning when blowing in the wind. The flower heads emerge dark purple but now they are bleached white. Another month and then they will need cutting back as the winter winds take their toll. I usually leave the flower heads at the back of the border and the birds take bits of them to line their nests in the spring, not just the birds, squirrels do to!
My first Primrose! there is another one out but it has been rather chewed by something so didn’t get photographed.
Jasmine nudiflorum has been flowering for a while now by the front door, more and more buds are opening in the mild weather.
The last flower on Penstemon Garnet, they flower for so long, all through the summer, almost time now to cut them back by half. I usually leave quite a bit of foliage and stems to protect the crown, in case we get a prolonged cold spell.
On the top of theDevon bank behind the bog garden, the Red Campion are still flowering. They made a nice show this summer, behind and above all the bog garden flowers, I thought they finished flowering long ago.
Also in the bog garden is a small plant of Cow Parsley, that has decided to flower now. The common name for it here is Queen Anne’s Lace and is very reminiscent of the huge lace collars that men and women used to wear in the 18th C.
As you can see, there were quite a few plants still flowering or flowering early, I just hope that frost doesn’t suddenly arrive and spoil it all!
Thanks must go to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting GBBD once more, do pay her a visit and see flowers from round the world.