Rather than amalgamate this with a Monday vase, I am posting a day late for Garden Bloggers Blooms Day, kindly hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. It is especially intriguing to see what is flowering in the leaner months of the year compared to previous years, and a quick check back to last year suggests that there was a greater variety of things blooming then, which surprised me.
Having not grown violas or pansies from seed before I am particularly pleased with the addition of the Cool Wave violas shown above, grown from seed purchased from eBay and flowering within 8 weeks of sowing – these are Cool Wave Frost and Cool Wave White, and I also have their purple relatives although not yet in bud. Hopefully they will continue flowering for months.
Below is Rhododendron ‘Cheer’, featured in vases last week and still showy but tailing off now – she has never flowered like this in December before:
Other December bloomers, shown in collage form, are (top to bottom and left to right): nearly blooming Galanthus ‘Maidwell L’, Campanula portenschlagiana, astrantia (probably ‘Buckland’), Rosa ‘Queen Mother’, ivy flowers, Rosa Pink ‘Perpetue’, Rosa ‘The Fairy’, primrose and Hellebore foetidus. Apart from the ivy none are flowering prolifically, but every individual bloom is a joy to see.
As I rambled with the camera yesterday, admiring all the above and also the specks of colour on the witch hazels I determined not to even attempt to photograph any of the latter until there was evidence of a distinct shred. I had just reached the back door again and – lo and behold – there it was! The first shred – Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Harry’…