I 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’:
Various 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:
Elsewhere 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:
Some 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.
Many 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:
The 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…
A 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…