Weather in December has been variable to say the least. It has also varied in different parts of the country, we down in the south west have escaped the worst of the weather. Other areas have deep snow and temperatures have been down to – 13C, out lowest temperature has been -4C and so far , no snow. In spite of all this, there are still a few flowers in the garden, a few hanging on from autumn but a few are early winter blooms.
I noticed my first primrose the other day and there are lots of buds to come.
Mahonia charity is still flowering providing nectar for whoever wants it.
Viburnum plicatum Maresii still has lots of their second flowering hanging on.
Quite a few roses are hanging on, I must cut them back soon to give them a rest.
The last of the hydrangea flowers, I’m amazed this bush is still forming new flowers in spite of our frosts.
Viburnum bodnantense Dawn has started flowering and will continue all winter as long as the frosts aren’t too severe.
Daffodils aren’t far behind. Thes are Narcissu rijnveld’s Early Sensation which are usually out by Christmas or New Year.
In the corner of the back garden Garrya elliptica is getting ready to show its tassels, it won’t be long before they elongate and open up.
Once again, the ubiquitous Campanula porsharskyana is still flowering, I never seem to be without it.
Under the dining room window, Iris unguicularis Mary Barnard has been opening a couple of flowers most days.
Rosa Bonica goes on and on for a good 6 months of the year, she needs a rest now.
The Chaenomeles by the back door has started opening its buds and will continue all winter until April time, depending on the weather. This makes such a wonderful winter display, looking quite Japanese against the wall.
The snowdrops in the woodland have been flowering for a while now, ridiculously early for some reason. More are pushing through and will join them soon. Maybe next week I will have time to get everywhere ready for them flowering, hopefully I have all my Christmas preparations done now and will have time to spend in the garden once more.
Thanks once again to Carol at May Dreams Garden for hosting GBBD each month, do pay her a visit to see flowers from around the world.