It was a hard job to find some flowers to photograph for today’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, everywhere in the garden is so wet and everywhere looks a mess with plants collapsing all over the place. I went out with the camera yesterday because the forecast for today was even more torrential rain. I took my usual route through the garden, starting in the front, but I had to watch my step because everywhere is so slippery and the lawn was absolutely sodden.
By the front door, Winter Jasmine is flowering with lots more flowers opening every day.
Anthemis Sauce Hollandaise is still putting up a few flowers, it never seems to stop.
Verbena bonariensis is still flowering around the garden, this one is still in the front garden by the drive.
Still by the drive is Penstemon Garnet, which has been flowering all summer long.
By the gateway is quite a large mature Ivy which the bees love while in flower and birds love when the berries form in the winter.
Rosa Bonica is still making more buds, it is determined to carry on.
Also Rosa Buff Beauty is still flowering, we are still waiting for our first frost, so these buds will probably get caught out sometime soon.
In the bed round the dead oak, Hydrangea Ayesha is flowering again. The petals of each little flower is curved inwards like the flowers of a lilac. This had a pink flower when we first planted it, it has taken almost 20 yrs to decide to be blue instead!
Next to the Hydrangea is Mahonia Charity which has been flowering for a while now, lovely flowers for this time of year.
Underneath the Mahonia is one of the two heathers that are in the garden here. I’m not fussy on heathers in a garden but it forms good ground cover under the very prickly Mahonia, so it saves having to weed there!
In the border by the field, Rosa Graham Thomas is still flowering away, with lots of buds still to come, it all depends on the weather if we will be able to enjoy these flowers.
When I got round to the bog garden, I found candelabra primula Apple Blossom trying to flower, the flowers seem to be opening while the stem is very short.
Another Apple Blossom, this time a Penstemon in the border opposite the back door. Penstemons are such good value for money, flowering from June onwards.
Double Feverfew has been flowering all summer, visited by bees for months.
In the far corner of the back garden, Garrya eliptica is getting ready to flower in the new year. The bush is covered with these lovely buds so I’m hoping for a good display in January.
Ubiquitous Campanula porscharskyana is still flowering. Everywhere we have a clump of this plant, a few flowers can be seen amongst all the leaves.
In the border by the back of the house is Fuchsia Delta Sarah. This has flowered since July making quite a statement, I really must take some cuttings next year so that I can plant it elsewhere in the garden.
Flowers were hard to find this month, I feel the garden has most of its colour from the lovely autumn tints that we have in November and also from the red stems of the Cornus and the white bark of all the silver birches, the flowers are taking a back seat. Do you find the flowers are eclipsed by super foliage colour at this time of year?
Thanks once again to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting GBBD each month, do pop over to see the other flowers from round the world.