Not 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 20 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.