A Fine Tooth Comb

I scoured the garden with a fine tooth comb to find blooms for the December ‘Garden Bloggers Bloom Day’, hosted by May Dreams – was I surprised with what I found? Well, I know we often have odd roses flowering in December, so to have these 4 roses still flowering was not unusual, although it does make it look as if we grow nothing but pink roses! Both ‘Zéphirine Drouhin’ and ‘Pink Perpetué’ have appeared in this blog several times, but quite rightly so:
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from the left: ‘Zéphirine Drouhin’, ‘Blush Noisette’,  ‘Pink Perpetué’, ‘The Fairy’

The other flowers were a little more varied,  the fuchsia looking like some dangly earrings and reminding me sternly that I haven’t moved any of them under cover yet, the lobelia still showing great promise for next year as it bulks up from its new beginnings, the wallflower just shyly getting on with it, and the hellebore exciting me as the first of its kind to show buds.GBBD.Dec2

unknown fuchsia, Helleborus niger, Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, Lobelia ‘Blue Fan’

I showed one of the baskets of violas in a post recently, after which they suffered a little from the rain and frost, but as always they are perking up again. I realised not long ago why I was less than enthusiastic about violas and pansies generally – it was the contrast of the blotches I wasn’t keen on, which is rather a shame as for many people this is the main appeal! The blue pansies which were my choice for the baskets at the front of the house last year show very little contrast, and these few have lingered from last year in a spare pot; the violas, though, were my choice this year as they were a bargain from Aldi and thus broke with my traditional decision!
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Thank you to those who suggested PicMonkey as a way of presenting multiple pictures in a post like this – it has made life a lot easier! I can now look forward to using my tooth comb again next month and finding snowdrops, primroses, witch hazel and hellebores to share with you.

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6 Responses to A Fine Tooth Comb

  1. The roses are beautiful and what a nice surprise for December!

  2. pelase can you amend waht to what 🙂

  3. Anna says:

    Enjoyed your December blooms Cathy – the frosts of this last week have seen off the handful of roses that I had growing in the garden. I have ‘The Fairy’ too and love her dearly 🙂

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