Beep Beep Boop Blooms

IMG_6552I logged into my blog yesterday to post a blooms day post and found that the ‘classic’ method of writing and editing a post seemed finally to have disappeared altogether leaving just the ‘Beep Beep Boop’ or ‘Blue Death’ editor as I have seen it referred to…grr! It took quite a lot of googling and sifting through comments on WordPress  forums to find a solution but at least there is one – although it does require a degree of faff. My brain by then was infiltrated by computer fog so it was time to switch off and leave the post for another day.

The photo above shows what will definitely be the last rose of the season for the Poet’s Wife as her other stems were pruned a week or so ago, the remaining stem waiting for this last bud to open. The frosted droplets adorning her petals indicate quite clearly how cold it was, no more than 3 or 4°C and touching freezing overnight. It might have meant a big jumper for garden rambles and quickly chilly hands if rambles generated a task, but after our mild December it is certainly more seasonal and undoubtedly will do more good than harm to the garden.

There is now less variety of blooms than last month, although the usual stalwarts are still there, all flowering off and on throughout the year – the comfrey that was used in Monday’s Vase, Symphytum ‘Hidcote Blue’, Campanula poscharskyana and Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’:

regulars.Jan16Various primroses continue to add splashes of colour, with lots of native primroses flowering in the woodland and two or three clumps of their brighter cousins elsewhere, sadly none in pristine condition:

primroses.Jan16Elsewhere there are hints of pink from the first tiny specks of colour on Cyclamen coum, one single but oh-so-pretty bloom on Rhododendron ‘Cheer’ (which always does bring cheer) and an early bloom of unnamed pulmonaria:

pink.Jan16Some blooms are rather more seasonal despite flowering a little earlier than usual, and although Hamamelis ‘Jelena’ and ‘Orange Peel’ are almost over, ‘Diane’, ‘Amethyst’ and ‘Harry’ (below) are at their peak whilst ‘Arnold Promise’ and ‘Pallida’ are yet to flower. ‘Ruby Glow’ is still undecided about what colour of flowers she is going to produce this year which is a conundrum I would like the answer to.

witch.hazels.Jan16Many hellebores also began flowering early but have some way to go to reach their peak flowering time – don’t they look delicious as they begin to clump up and form sizeable plants? I have certainly no regrets about trimming the leaves and all but the white and green ones in the snowdrop border are surrounded by other plants that hide their nakedness anyway:

hellebores.Jan16IMG_6536The common snowdrops in the woodland edge border are all pushing their way through the soil and some are showing the first hint of white bud, but with this cold spell it will be some weeks before they are fully in flower, although I shall be looking out for the double ‘flore pleno’ ones which always appear before their single colleagues. However, the snowdrop border (left) with all the specials is already hosting a few varieties in full flower. Like Anna of Green Tapestry it looks as if there will yet again be some ‘no shows’ but I have to confess I have never yet considered myself a snowdrop murderer although if I stood accused perhaps I would have to plead guilty of manslaughter…

Looking especially pretty (or handsome in the Rev’s case) are ‘Reverend Hailstone’, ‘Green Brush’ and those appealingly chunky buds of double snowdrop ‘Ophelia’. Sadly though, and especially when reduced in size, my snowdrop photos never look especially sharp, so I apologise…

snowdrops.Jan16A final nice surprise for the first Garden Bloggers Blooms Day of 2016, the meme hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens, were further buds on Iris unguicularis. This was new to me last year, when it failed to flower, so I was pleased to note the appearance of a bud when I did my belated Boxing Day count – only to discover it had disappeared by the next day. Hmm… it looks as if these might be going the same way…


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41 Responses to Beep Beep Boop Blooms

  1. Christina says:

    Iris unguicularis’s flower’s only last a day or too, but once it clumps up you can expect flowers for weeks if not months; mine began flowering in November and may continue into March or April and has rarely been without a flower so you need to be patient – it is worth the wait as they are so beautiful. Very cold now, here so keep warm as I think it may be the same with you but probably damp too which will make it feel colder!

  2. The blooms are fewer this time of year, but there is still so much to see in the garden…Your photos are such a wonderful spirit lifter.

  3. johnvic8 says:

    I had the same reaction to the “new” editing portion of WordPress. It actually isn’t new…been around for a long time…but I learned the old way and, stubbornly, don’t want to change something that I know how to use. I hope in time both of us will learn to be comfortable with the “new way.” We may not have a choice.
    PS. It looks like some critter has been at your iris bud.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I had to modify how I wrote my posts when they first introduced it but found a way round it then – but now that loophole is closed. The forums suggest that WordPress will not remove the option of going through wp admin which is what I now do, so there must be more than just a few of us who prefer the classic way!

  4. Me too! Miss a day and they change to the format I’ve been avoiding for months now. I’m sure with time we could overcome our fears and use it but there is a way to keep using classic; if I can find it again. Lovely flowers, you are much further ahead than us!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, there is a way – let me know if you want details. In the garden things are slowing down now with the cold spell after their early start

  5. AnnetteM says:

    I am not good at change either, but still managed to use the old format today. I lost the old statistics some time ago. That was useful as you could see whether anyone had actually clicked through your photo gallery or not. It is probably better not knowing though as I found most people didn’t!
    At least you have some flowers. I think all I have is a small amount of winter jasmine. Your rose is really lovely at this time of the year.

    • Cathy says:

      I don’t mind change but I do like being able to see how the post will look as I am writing it, as you could with the classic view – but there is a way to access it which I hope will be kept. I used to like the old stats too although I can’t remember what aspect I liked so I must be used to the new format of those! No more roses after this one – but a whole new season of them to look forward to! Will you have some hellebores to come? I know you will have some snowdrops in due course

      • AnnetteM says:

        I do have some snowdrops almost out, Cathy. I do have one greenish, self-seeded hellebore that appeared in a rather inhospitable part of my garden and is doing rather well. I don’t have any others, but I am going to look around the garden centres a bit later to see if I can get any going cheap!

  6. rusty duck says:

    I don’t know which editor I use, although nothing has changed.. yet. But is sometimes a bit behind so I’m sure my day will come. The hellebore leaves got the big chop here too and the plants look so much better for it.

    • Cathy says:

      This is the first year I have happily chopped the leaves – so at least I will be more confident in doing it next year! At least I have found how to bypass the beep beep boop editing – as other bloggers have already done. If you need to know if it happens to you we will help sort you out!

  7. Renee says:

    Such wonderful snow drops! I hope you manage to stay warm and still share your pictures with us. I’m not sure I can grow snow drops (no snow!) so seeing others is always a joy.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Renee – but you don’t need snow for snowdrops though, as the name relates to their whiteness and similarity to patches of snow! It’s always an amazing sight to see whole carpets of them

  8. It’s amazing how many flowers you do have for this time of year. I love the look of your hellebores. The beep should be bleep in my house. Drives me mad too.

  9. rickii says:

    I just hate it when programs change on us and we have to figure out a whole new way of doing things. Looks like you’ve got it figured out now.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, fortunately I have rickii – the classic editor is much more user friendly whereas the new editor in my opinion not the ‘improved posting experience’ that WP suggest it is!

  10. Amy says:

    Hellebore envy…
    Not to mention the snowdrops and the beautiful little cyclamen bud 🙂

  11. I am equally annoyed by WordPress’s so-called improvements! I get round it by clicking on ‘WP Admin’ and then to ‘POSTS’ and it seems to be the ‘black’ screen instead of the ‘blue’.

    • Cathy says:

      Ahah – I was going through the url with wp-admin so your way makes it easier. I have just checked to make sure it works for me and it does, so thank you for that Sandra

  12. Brian Skeys says:

    Hellebores are looking good Cathy. Technology is frustrating when it doesn’t work!

  13. Anna says:

    Yes manslaughter especially of the involuntary sort is a better way of looking at it Cathy 🙂 I’m not sure why snowdrops are so hard to photograph but there must be a reason. The Reverend looks like a tall chap – is he? I like the look of ‘Green Brush’ too and ‘Ophelia’ is deliciously plump. Now I’m going to investigate whether the WordPress site I maintain for our garden club has been affected by the changes you mention. If so I may be gone for some time ……….

    • Cathy says:

      I think it might be the whiteness of the snowdrops that causes the problem – but I am no expert (which is why my snowdrop photos are often second rate!). All the Greatorex doubles seem to have these chunky buds – presumably because of all the frilly petals they have got crammed inside them! Yes, the Rev is taller than some, and quite elegant too. The WP thing seems to have happened over a period but there are ways round it which we can fill you in on if required

  14. Lea says:

    You have lots of pretty blooms, but it is the rose that really speaks to me!

  15. Chloris says:

    I wish they would leave WordPress alone and not mess about with it. I use the same technique as Wild Daffodil. Anyway, Beep, beep, bloop or not you have some lovely blooms. The Reverend is a big boy isn’ t he? I have him too and am delighted at how he has bulked up. Slugs love those lovely iris flowers.

    • Cathy says:

      From the forums it looks as if they will maintain the WP admin method, but do we assume that more people prefer the bbb editor? The Rev was one of the dry bulbs I got from Avon in the summer, the first time I have not bought them in the green, and I have been happy with the progress of all the dry batch so will do it that way again probably but in this my plant embargo year, even though they are not strictly ‘plants’ and even though I would have a definite spot for them… 😉

  16. I must either have the new and didn’t notice or am behind in Yippeee more changes. Well at least I get to see so many wonderful blooms.

  17. Pauline says:

    A lovely selection of flowers, especially your hellebores, they are amazing. We are now back to non stop rain after such a short cold spell, can’t really call a couple of frosts “winter”!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Pauline – sorry about your non-stop rain 😦 Here the snow we had on Friday night was a mere winter gesture I think, although it is still cold but our rain has been minimal

  18. Your garden must be larger than I realize to have room for so many witch hazels. Do you prune them at all? I only have two and they are very big shrubs.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh it’s not huge, Linda and the biggest witch hazels are less than 2 metres tall and I have had those ones for about 12 years. The others are smaller. They do grow slowly here and so far I haven’t had to trim any apart from what I have cut for vase although we do tie them in a bit if they reach across a path. In 10 years time though who knows?!

  19. That rose is stunning. How heartening, so many flowers in the deep dark of winter 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – and reading posts from places that have longer and colder winters reminds me of the value of any bloom in the winter months…

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