One New Year’s decision was to take part in GBBD for the first time. This time last year it wouldn’t have been possible because everywhere was under a foot of snow, this year it is a very different story, with temperatures far higher than they should be. Some plants have carried on flowering from last year, they just don’t want to stop, even though they were cut back last November. Others have been persuaded to flower much earlier than usual, just hope they don’t get caught out by the frosts that are forecast this weekend. This first photo is of the chaenomeles by the back door, which flowers on and off all winter, weather permitting.
Mahonia Charity is still carrying on flowering long after it should have stopped.
The wild snowdrop is only just starting to show above ground, all the ones that are flowering now are special ones. I did have them all labelled, very tastefully with black labels and silver writing, but most of them seem to be missing, where have they all gone!! Will have to get my large snowdrop book out and re-identify them all and then make a map of where they are all planted!
I think this one is John Gray.
Is this Atkinsii, I think so, a good one that increases quite quickly.
A clump of one of the Greatorex doubles, Hyppolyta or Desdemona, from its size, I think it is Desdemona. I won’t bore you with any more snowdrops until I have managed to re-identify them.
One of the Camellias has been flowering since December, the others have nice fat buds but are not showing any flowers yet.
Another that was in flower before Christmas is Narcissus Rijnveld’s Early Sensation.
Rosa Graham Thomas just refuses to stop flowering, and there are so many buds forming too. It was cut back by half in November, but has put out lots more new shoots, just hope it won’t regret it later.
The same has happened to the Anthemis in the front garden, it just doesn’t want to stop flowering!
Hellebores are now starting to flower in all the shady borders.
Some of them are the most delicious plum colour.
Some are double, pink outside and white within, absolutely gorgeous!
And some are spotted, will do a separate post about these lovely plants when they are all flowering in February.
The small Sarcococca bush that we have, just inside the woodland strip, might have rather insignificant flowers, but they certainly pump out the perfume! On a still day the perfume hangs around in the air and people wonder where it is coming from , not realising that it comes from such tiny flowers.
The summer snowflake, Leucojum aestivum, is another flower that was flowering before Christmas!! Have just noticed that the spring snowflake, L.vernum, has put out its first flower, but it has a lot of catching up to do.
The tassels on Garrya elliptica are getting longer each day. When we went to Rosemoor the other day , the RHS have a fantastic bush at the entrance with the most amazingly long tassels, put mine to shame!
Choisya ternata just gets better and better, it never seems to want to stop flowering.
Another little bush that is thoroughly confused, Convolvulous cneorum. This little plant just keeps forming more and more flower buds, how do I stop it!
One plant that should be flowering now is Iris unguicularis, this has put flowers out since December, they don’t last long, only a day or two, but with so many buds there are always flowers showing, brightening up a dull day.
I know there are a few flowers that I forgot to photograph, the Japanese azalea, is now covered in blooms for example, but these are most of what is in flower at the moment here in the SW corner of the UK. Thank you to Carol at Maydreams Garden for hosting this GBBD, to see more flowers, please go to http:// www.maydreamsgardens.com to see what is blooming around the world.