This post will be done in bits and pieces between my son and DIL going back home from here after Christmas and me coming back from a couple of days with the rest of my family in Bristol. I’m finding that plants flowering now are much better than previously, I’m thinking because of the heat and sun in the summer, they had a really good baking which they obviously liked, but also while wandering round I’ve noticed that all my hardy fuchsias are looking very sorry for themselves, presumably because of our freezing temperatures for 2 weeks recently, but they will sprout from the ground again, I’m sure.
Iris unguicularis under the dining room window. This plant faces south and benefits from the warmth of the wall behind it. This is its best year for flowering, I’m assuming because it got baked last summer in the heat, I’ve never before had so many flowers out all at once.
Altogether there are 11 flowers open at the same time, but I can’t get them all in the same photo! I first saw this plant outside the Doctor’s surgery and once I looked it up, just had to have it for winter interest.
Galanthus Little John is flowering away nicely and increasing very well, this is a large snowdrop.
G. Mrs. Mcnamara has moved well, yes, I did remember to move her at last! She now lives very happily in the woodland where the soil is much more to her liking than by the front door. Must pull the ivy out and cut the fern back so that Mrs. M. doesn’t get strangled!
G. Faringdon Double has also settled in well after me splitting it and spreading the clumps around the garden.
My first hellebore to open properly, so many are almost there but not quite. This is a very pale spotted variety and also very small in stature.
My Chaenomeles hedge by the back door has recovered from our freezing 2 weeks and is looking very springlike once more., hundreds of buds still to open.
A few more photos, hope I’ll be excused!
Viburnum Dawn is still recovering from the frost, previous flowers have turned to brown mush but new buds are opening all the time.
Iris unguicularis Walter Butt has opened in the driveway border, I thought I had better photograph it before any slugs get at it!
I wondered if I would get a photo of the opened flower before I went away on Wednesday.
No, it wasn’t open before I went away, but when I got back this is what I found, perfect Walter Butt!
And what did I see by the front door when coming back in, but a few bulbs of Mrs. Mcnamara, I must have missed a few when moving her! She seems to be determined to stay in the front, I wouldn’t have thought the soil was very good there, maybe I had better give her a mulch of my leaf mould.
My first primrose, lots more buds almost ready to open , soon there will be a drift!
And a new little friend came back from Bristol with me, will just have to decide which border will be his permanent home now. Thanks Rachael!
So many more buds are on the point of opening, Witch Hazel, Daphne, Camellia and Garrya eliptica just to name a few, and lots more varieties of snowdrop are on the point of opening, but I will have to be patient for a little longer. I will check round again as this will be my record of flowers for New Year. Happy New Year everyone, I hope it will be a happy and healthy gardening 2023!
Thanks to Jim, our organiser at Garden Ruminations, do pop over to visit him where you will see gardens from around the world.