Helen at Patient Gardener posted a Boxing Day count of what was flowering in her garden yesterday, the third year she has done this and thus beginning to build up an annual comparison. Although I post on Garden Bloggers Blooms Day every month it never includes everything that is flowering, even at the times of year when there is a paucity of blooms, so I was curious about what Boxing Day (or the day after, in truth) could muster. Excluding things only in bud (so no snowdrops or hellebores yet) or flowers closer to death than life (no ‘Rural England’) roses, the garden produced 18 different blooms.
We felt the effects of the UK’s wind last night and today, so no going up the ladder with the loppers as planned, and the gentler pursuit of photographing the 18 blooms was still hampered because of it – hence the hand steadying a clutch of ‘Pink Perpetué roses on the left and windswept Astrantia ‘Shaggy’ on the right, whilst the primroses in the middle clung to their niche between the rocks. Below, a flowerhead of Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ maintains its freshness, flowers of felicia look set to brave another winter in their exposed pot and a lone ‘Danse de Feu’ rose had me clambering on a chair to get close enough to do it justice.
Fatsia flowers are so easily overlooked particularly if, like ours, they flower above head height. None of the witch hazels have reached any great height yet but are establishing nicely and Hamamelis ‘Orange Peel’ is the first to follow up on its hint of colour by opening up its shreds. Delightful! Tucked under hellebore leaves in the woodland edge border is a bright pink cyclamen, the survivor of a batch of what must have been bedding cyclamen, not hardy enough to get through last winter.
It is odd that despite a certain prejudice against many yellow flowers I have some affection for bidens – grown from seed, there a number of these still in flower in their baskets and show no sign of giving up. The bright polyanthus were bought in and look a little less weather beaten than a few weeks ago – and keep producing new buds too. The large flowered bacopa on the right started as a tiny plug plant and has flowered its socks off for months, surrounded by dense dark green foliage – another that has earned its keep.
It seems a bit like cheating to include bought-in pansies/violas, but perhaps it will remind me to have a go at sowing them from seed next year, not something I have done with pansies before but at least I could then choose exactly what colours I wanted. Finally, having rambled round the garden adding to the roster of blooms, I am back at the house and can finish with a plant that must have featured in every Blooms Day for months – that amazing Campanula poscharskyana ‘Lisduggan’. I wonder if it will be flowering on Boxing Day in 2014?