What’s flowering on not quite Christmas Day …

Salvia discolor December

It is a tradition for Cottage Garden Society members, and I believe the Wildflower Society to see what’s in flower at this time of year in gardens and in the countryside respectively. I thought I would have a garden rummage too, as the papers are saying how ahead everything is, the world is topsy turvy, gorn mad etc.

Well the haul was pathetic in Berkshire:

  • Osteospermum Blackthorn Seedling
  • Erysimum Bowles’ Mauve
  • Rosmarinus prostratus Capri
  • Jasminum nudiflorum
  • Sarcococca confusa (just)
  • Rosa Rhapsody in Blue (buds)
  • Bergenia
  • Hebe Midsummer Beauty (bud)
  • Cyclamen coum
  • Primrose
Auricula seedling in Late December

If I added the Bath garden which on balance is warmer, I could only muster:

  • Salvia x jamensis Hot Lips
  • Salvia discolor
  • Lonicera¬† japonica Halliana
  • Primula auricula yellow seedling
  • Primula auricula Remus
  • Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica

The Sarcococca hookeriana even let me down, still tightly budded. The Clematis is a late winter flowerer anyway so that’s not unusual.

Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica in late December

Had I done the count in my mother’s garden the haul would have been somewhat longer, the first aconites were flowering on Christmas Day, Chimonanthus in full flower and a few blooms on the Lonicera x purpusii, Jasminum mesnyi and Rosa Madame Alfred Carriere, to name a few. There are daffodils in full flower in Yeovil, but this particular patch is always incredibly early.

April 2011

Yep – missed the whole of March. It has passed in a flurry of daffodils and early cherry blossom this year. Today the wood anenomes are out in the garden although Robinsoniana is being edged out by self seeded stylophorum. Bracteata seems to be holding its own and Vestal comes up year after year in a hosta pot and nowhere else.

As I got out of the car this afternoon the waft on vanilla and chocolate was on the breeze, not sure if it was coming from my Azara microphylla a few gardens away or the park, maybe someone else locally has one too?

Took a risk and repotted most of the auriculas a few weeks ago just before they started really budding up, went on a weevil hunt and found a few – good to get them before they turn into the fully fledged beetling weevil. So far Snow White and Chamois are out, two bordery types. Some of my purchases from a few years ago are still with me but I have lost all the doubles. Continue reading “April 2011”