Belated Boxing Day Blooms

BoxingDay15.collageNot having made the time to complete a photographic record of the garden at the end of December I am instead posting a delayed collage of what was blooming when we came back from our Christmas visit, so not strictly Boxing Day but near enough. This year there were 37 different varieties in bloom, compared with around 28 the year before and 18 the year before that – seven witch hazels,  seven hellebores, 3 different lonicera, 4 primroses/primula, two roses, the all-year flowering Clematis ‘Freckles’ and various oddments. Interestingly, in this unusually mild winter the numbers are boosted more by the earlier appearance of winter and early spring flowering blooms than late ‘hangers on’- I had forgotten the boost a late mild spell in December had given the garden last year, so perhaps the cooler 2013 Boxing day is more typical? Who knows, but even one bloom at Christmas would have been a joy – so to return home after a few days away to find all those witch hazels and (leafless) hellebores in full bloom was a real joy as, of course, was finding another perfect ‘Poet’s Wife’ rose and discovering Wordless Wednesday’s clump of irises (wrongly recorded as ‘Kathleen Hodgkin’ but now  correctly named ‘Katharine ‘).

With thanks to Helen the Patient Gardener who introduced the idea of counting blooms on Boxing day.

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15 Responses to Belated Boxing Day Blooms

  1. What a beautiful collection of flowers! Love the idea of counting flowers on Boxing Day. We have both early spring bloomers and also late hold-overs that have kept on blooming. A real gift to have so many flowers this late into the season. It is nice to see your Cyclamen leaves, and what wonderful witch hazels! Happy New Year, Cathy!

  2. Cathy says:

    Wow – I think I have only a few hellebores and a primrose flowering! The pictures of Katherine were stunning and cheering (whatever her name!)

  3. The numbers are extraordinary, do you think the increasing scale could also be due to you having more plants? I do love seeing your witch hazels.happy new year.

    • Cathy says:

      Whatever do you mean Dorris….?! 😉 In my defence, I have to say that there are probably only 2 new plants amongst this lot – The Poet’s Wife and Salvia ‘Amistad’. Oh, and I love seeing my witch hazels too – Harry is especially stunning

  4. Crazy weathers. This looks like a spring fling. It will be interesting to see what comes next.

  5. Gorgeous photos, great way to bring 2015 to a close…Have a wonderful 2015.

  6. Chloris says:

    I love your collage Cathy, what a lovely idea.

  7. rickii says:

    I keep adding new plants every year but it has become clear to me (with this post) that I need to concentrate more on a few flowers for this time of year.

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