During the month of November I have been so focused on all the lovely colours of the leaves around us, that the poor flowers have taken a back seat. At this time of year there are still some plants hanging in there, determined to carry on flowering despite all the odds. Then we have the group of flowers that should be flowering in the winter and also we have a few flowers that have decided to flower early. We’ll start with the ones that are just about surviving, this is Meconopsis cambrica, the Welsh poppy.
Penstemon Garnet just hasn’t stopped flowering all summer and is still carrying on, brightening up the front border.
Rosa Bonica seems to be never ending, an amazing rose that once it starts flowering in June, just doesn’t know when to stop.
The Hydrangea under the kitchen window is still putting out lovely new flowers, hopefully we won’t have a frost this week as forecast.
We have this little Campanula porscharskyana all over the place, each clump is still flowering its head off. All the old stems were pulled out a while ago, but straight away, up pop new flowers, its indestructible.
Rudbeckia Goldsturm is still hanging on with just a few flowers left, this has been good, flowering for a really long time. I spy a nettle next to it, it didn’t last long, removed as soon as I saw the photo on the computer, should have taken another photo!
This is the last flower on Clematis durandii, such a beautiful flower in spite of the rain and gales, and such a beautiful dark blue.
This rose shares the support with the Clematis durandii, coming to the end of its flowers now, it still has its lovely perfume.
Now to the flowers that should be out now, both Mahonia Charity bushes are covered with flowers and have their very distinct perfume.
Cyclamen hederifolium are still looking good in all the shady borders, the leaves make a lovely patterned groundcover.
Fruiting fern fronds are not really flowers, but this is the part that produces the spores, lovely hard textural fronds which will be standing all winter.
Starting to flower by the front door is the winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum. I’m sure it would have more flowers if it was in the sunshine, but unfortunately the previous people planted it in full shade, so it does well considering it isn’t planted in the right place.
Viburnum bodnantense NewDawn will flower on and off all winter. It looks a bit cold and wet along with Rosa Brother Cadfael, in fact everything is looking sodden at the moment!
Not flowers, I know, but shining out in the shade of the woodland are the berries of Iris foetidissima, this gets spread round the garden by the birds.
A bush, Garrya elliptica, that just sits and looks rather dull and boring for 10 months of the year, suddenly erupts with these wonderful tassels, still not properly open yet but in a couple of weeks they should be looking amazing. We never usually have so many flowers on this shrub, it can only be all our rain in the summer, at least it was good for something!
And now to a few premature flowers, this candelabra primula has got its seasons well and truly mixed up, missing out winter altogether and thinking that it is springtime!
One of my Hellebores has decided to flower a few months early. In previous years this one has flowered in November, then flowering again at the right time in February, hope it does the same this time.
White Primroses always seem to start flowering before their yellow cousins, must clear some leaves away so that we can see more of them.
What does my deep purple hyacinth think it is doing sending up a bud in November, doesn’t it realise frost has been forecast for this week?! Hope it comes to no harm.
Lastly we have our first snowdrop almost in flower, Faringdon Double. It is thanks to Anna at Green Tapestry in her post for November 21st, that I found my snowdrop. Usually this one flowers for me around Christmas time, never before in November. When I went to look for it somewhere near the front door, I eventually found it completely covered by the winter jasmine and bergenia leaves. A bit of cutting back has given the snowdrops some room to breathe and I can now see them each time I go in and out, thanks Anna, when all the rain stops I must go and check on all the others!!
Putting all these flowers together makes it seem as if there are quite a few out at the same time. There is just one here, one there, a few twinkling out between dying plants next to them. Most of these flowers are around the house or up the drive as the lawn is so sodden with all the torrential rain we have been having, I can’t walk on it. Each one is very special because they are making such an effort at such a dismal time for flowers, we must applaud their efforts to hang in there when the weather is against them.