Just in time for Christmas.

After more weeks of non stop rain, we have at last had a lovely sunny day, but I have been too busy getting ready for Christmas to enjoy it properly. The lawn once more is absolutely sodden, it really isn’t worth walking on it to take photos, so these are the flowers that I can see from the various paths that I have.

Viburnum bodnantense Dawn is still looking good in spite of a couple of frosty nights.

Garrya eliptica still has a way to go, but is looking good in the corner of the back garden, the shrub is covered with tassels which will end up 3 times the length soon.

Iris unguicularis Mary Barnard,  by the dining room window, now has lots of flowers.

Iris unguicularis Walter Butt by the front drive is doing well, but something keeps having a nibble!

Winter Jasmine, jasminum nudiflorum, is getting into its stride now, it should be flowering for quite some time.

Mahonia Charity is still flowering its socks off and will be for quite some time.

Galanthus Little John has just opened with lots more buds to come.

Narcissus Rijnveld’s Early Sensation is almost there, but just not quite yet. I must have a look on Christmas Day to see if it makes it, it usually does.

Galanthus Faringdon Double has been flowering for over 3 weeks now and is spreading nicely.

Only just opening, almost a month later than usual, is my Chaenomeles. It is covered in buds, so there should still be a good display for the rest of the winter.

I only just managed to find 10 blooms for December, one of my Camellias is usually in flower by now, but that is also a month behind, hopefully it will be flowering soon brightening up a corner of the back garden. Winter flowers are such a bonus, they tempt me out into the garden even when the weather is awful, there is usually something for me to find and photograph.

With thanks to Chloris at The Blooming Garden for hosting this, please pop over to see her wonderful flowers.

I have one more day for Christmas food  shopping and getting the house ready for my visitors, I’m sure you are all the same. I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Happy 2020.



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10 Responses to Just in time for Christmas.

  1. All lovely Pauline, and I trust your other December regulars will be along soon. Best wishes of the season to you and your family

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Cathy and best wishes to you too. I have just got back from Bristol so must check on my narcissus in the morning to see if it has opened.

  2. Rosemarie says:

    Happy Christmas Pauline x

  3. Susie says:

    Wet and soggy garden here too but nice and sunny today. Hope you have wonderful holidays Pauline!

    • Pauline says:

      Christmas Day was actually nice and sunny, by=ut we are back to driving rain once more. Drier weather is on the way thank goodness. I hope you had a wonderful time with your family Susie.

  4. snowbird says:

    The rain is too much isn’t it? Love all your blooms. All the very best to you and yours Pauline, hope you have a lovely Christmas.xxx

    • Pauline says:

      When is the rain going to stop Dina? It did actually stop on christmas Day and the sun came out for a while but we are back to torrential rain once more. I had a lovely Christmas with my family, I’m sure you did too , you couldn’t fail to with your gorgeous little one! x

  5. Denise says:

    Very wet and soggy here too Pauline. Well done on finding so many blooms. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    • Pauline says:

      Getting even soggier as the days go by Denise! Hopefully more flowers emerged while I was away, Imust go and have a look tomorrow at my first opportunity. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family.

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