Midwinter Gems

Any blooms that appear in December are to be welcomed, whether seasonal or not, and these are my current Midwinter Gems: winter pansies in shades of purple, the start of the witch hazels with ‘Jelena’ leading the way, snowdrop ‘Gloria’ ringing out her presence and on target to be the first snowdrop of the season fully open (but I have counted 30+ of my different specials pushing their way above ground), a solitary bloom on ‘The Mayflower’, Rhodochiton and Salvia coccinea in the Coop, ‘Dawn’ still breaking in the shrub border and Hellebore ‘Anna’s Red’ in the new shady bed, buds conveniently facing upwards, but with their backs towards me.

Thank you to Chloris who encourages to celebrate our blooms every month; no doubt she will try in due course to find time to post her December treats too, so do check out her blog.

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17 Responses to Midwinter Gems

  1. Chloris says:

    Lovely Cathy, thank you for sharing your December beauties. Gloria is new to me, how pretty. What a joy to have the first eagerly awaited bloom on your Witch Hazels. Harry is rather gorgeous. Mine are not so far on yet. Lovely Anna, aren’t the hellebores early this year? I posted my December blooms yesterday.

    • Cathy says:

      Gloria was new to me too, early this year. I am so pleased to see evidence of so many snowdrops but realise that last year they began even earlier. I released most from their lattice pots this year so am eager to see how they have done. There are buds on a few more of my hellebores but they won’t be open before Christmas – they were very late last year, I think. Harry is probably my favourite wh although he does not flower generously – there are only 2 or 3 blooms on him and Jelena and none anywhere else yet so lots to look forward to

  2. rusty duck says:

    Witch hazel already? Now you have me worried. I shall be gutted if I’ve missed them.

  3. This Mainer is always amazed by such December beauties. Let’s just say that nothing will be in bloom here until April / May.

  4. Heyjude says:

    Lovely! I have some pansies in flower and the marigold and purple osteospermum are still ploughing on! Not been into the very wet garden to check what else is happening.

  5. Lovely, are the Hellebores early?

    • Cathy says:

      Yes indeed – it is perhaps usually February or even March they begin, but as always they take their cue from Mother Nature and the weather

  6. Cathy her floral gems are exceptional in beauty to be at the end of December. The hellebore “Anna’s Red” looks like velvet and its color is so beautiful, it’s a wonder. “The Mayflower” is another divine wonder: a beautiful rose blooming at this time of year. The witch hazel are all very beautiful. Purple thoughts are precious. Merry Christmas Cathy. Greetings from Margarita.

  7. Oh, what a wealth of beauty to enjoy at this time of the year. Hope you have been having a pleasant holiday.

  8. tonytomeo says:

    Even in our mild climates, I still believe that hamamelis should be more popular than it is. We grew it for a while, and some of the landscapers liked it, but the retain nurseries were not interested in it.

    • Cathy says:

      They provide such glorious colour in the leaner months and sometimes fragrance too, so what’s not to like…?

      • tonytomeo says:

        I think that they were unpopular here because they look like something from a climate with colder winters. Seriously, some people do not like landscapes that ‘look’ cold. I believe that is why some of the small conifers are unpopular here too.

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