Six on Saturday. 9.12.2023

More rain, more floods, but we had a much drier day yesterday for a change. The previous day, Thursday we had almost all Decembers rain in one day, then it dried up just in time to give us the most wonderful sunset. More rain and gales are due today, so I think I’ll stay inside and keep warm and dry! Time to get on with our Six on Saturday………

No 1

The camellia in the back corner is well into flowering mode now and looking really lovely, hundreds more buds waiting to open, it will all depend on the weather how it progresses.

I think I’ve mentioned before that this was the first shrub that I planted here 30 odd years ago, it was so tiny then, now it is about 12 ft tall and 15ft wide, I think it will be stunning when in full flower.

No 2.

Galanthus Little John shouldn’t be flowering yet. It is a large snowdrop, about twice as large as some of the others and when fully out, makes a good clump at the end of the woodland.

No 3.

Iris unguicularis is still opening up the odd flower, the frost last week didn’t stop it flowering for very long.

No 4

Crocus coming through nicely in the conservatory, soon have ;ots more flowers there.

No 5

Little Iris reticulata will soon be joining the crocus adding lots of colour to the conservatory.

No 6

This is the wonderful sunset we had on Thursday, looking through the woodland, after the torrential rain we had all day. Amazing how the weather can change so suddenly and be so beautiful after such an appalling day.

That’s it for my six this week, it has poured down all night, patio flooded again, but thankfully has stopped raining now, might venture forth sometime today although I’m sure all the roads will be flooded with run off from the fields.Thanks to Jim for encouraging us to get out there and find something worth photographing.

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14 Responses to Six on Saturday. 9.12.2023

  1. Denise says:

    Your Camellia is going to be quite magnificent Pauline. Unfortunately camellias do not manage the climate here. I wonder what has made Little John start to flower so early?

    • Pauline says:

      It’s getting better day by day Denise, all the buds were formed in August when we had it so wet, if its too dry then they are aborted, we have to be thankful for our rain! Not sure why Little John is so early, maybe he just wants to be here for Christmas!

  2. Fred says:

    It’s amazing to see the snowdrops already in bloom ! It must be one of the first I see… This camellia is already very pretty and as you say, it will be stunning when it’s in full bloom…

    • Pauline says:

      Little John shouldn’t be flowering yet Fred, usually he flowers sometime in January, must be our warmer temperatures. I’m very pleased with the camellia, far more flowers than it usually has.

  3. Richard Cybulsky says:

    Thank you for the beautiful photos. I planted my Galanthus, Crocus and Iris bulbs last week so I am not anticipating blooming for quite a while

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Richard, I tend to plan my bulbs in the order in which they flower, that’s why I just have some tulips left, all the others have been planted so that they can grown their roots in time. Hopefully you will have lots of flowers in the spring.

  4. Allison says:

    Lots going on in your garden! Those bulbs are so ahead of mine. Your camellia looks a picture ❤️.

    • Pauline says:

      There always seems to be something for me to enjoy Allison, which is lovely during the winter. The camellia just gets better and better as the days go by.

  5. Oh that sunset is glorious Pauline, and your camelliasprovide a lovely splash of colour under your grey skies. My snowdrops have slowed down a bit now, but I will get round to doing a checklist sometime soon although apart frm the usual earlies the ones emerging are only just poking through

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Cathy, it made a beautiful end to a dreadful day! Snowdrops are showing their noses, must get on with all the leaf raking in the woodland before they grow any more.

  6. Graeme says:

    Gosh, those are very keen Snowdrops. I think I accidently dug some of mine up when I was planting the Tulips and hastily put them back in the ground. That’s a great sunset photo.

    • Pauline says:

      I’m not sure what has made Little John arrive so early Graeme, usually don’t see him until after Christmas. I plant all my tulips in pots as I can never remember where I have other bulbs, can always plant them out later when all the bulbs are showing themselves.

  7. snowbird says:

    That is a stunning sunset! That camellia is so very beautiful, it must be heavenly when all those buds open. Loving the snowdrops and iris and always a pleasure seeing bulbs coming

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