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.