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.