Each month when we feature the blooms in our gardens for Garden Bloggers Blooms Day we wonder what will be available the next month, even more so at this time of year. Carol of May Dreams Gardens kindly hosts this opportunity, so please do follow the link to see what is blooming in her garden and other gardens across the globe. Little did I know in November that I would once again be featuring this amazing campanula – Campanula poscharskyana ‘Lisduggan’. It was planted in the revamped rockery in February and was certainly flowering before July, so that means at least six months of continuous flowering – wow! The rockery is directly in view of some of the kitchen windows, so it is a pleasure to watch this new stalwart. I have recently planted some of an unnamed blue variety of this campanula at the edge of the blue & white border, bought from a Cheap and Cheerful catalogue, so will be thrilled if they do as well.
Also visible from these windows are pots with these pinkish red pansies, reminding me that if I grew them from seed I could choose the pink I really wanted. At the other end of the paved area with pots with fuschias which should really be taken inside, but also what I have been calling brachyscome but realise now are felicia – these survived last winter where they were, despite the snow and cold, so they can stay put. Continuing the pinky theme are the remaining flowers on the continuous flowering rambler ‘Rural England’, a rose that is definitely earning its place in the garden.
In the hot border there is some late colour from these lately acquired polyanthus, almost red in colour, but which took on a weather beaten appearance almost as soon as they were planted; given time perhaps they will settle down. Astonishingly, there are still flowers on Crocosmia ‘Emily McKenzie’, shown here with some very dependable bidens, grown from RHS seed and which I will definitely seek out for next year. Strange how I like the yellow of bidens, but do not find the M****** appealing partly due to its colour…
Welcomed in the garden for their structure and form and subtle colouring are the following: fatsia and ivy flowers (likely contenders for In a Vase on Monday), Astrantia ‘Shaggy’ and a lost label astrantia.
At this time of the year in many northern hemisphere gardens many of us are looking out for the first sign of our early spring favourites, ‘murmurings’ as I called them recently, so I offer no apologies for showing the progress of Hamamelis ‘Harry’, Galanthus ‘Maidwell L’, Helleborus niger, Camellia japonica nobilissima and Lonicera fragrantissima. Perhaps they will be fully in flower next month?