Since 2013 I have kept a record of what is blooming in the garden on Boxing Day or thereabouts. Although we shared last Christmas with my Mum, because of losing my younger sister earlier this year we were up to Scotland again so were not at home for bloom counting or anything else on Boxing Day. My count is therefore a few days late and is doubling up as a contribution to Chloris’ monthly bloom of top blooms.
Winter bloomers are beginning to come to the fore and I am anxiously watching their progress (sadly out of my control), looking ahead to our proposed garden opening on 16th February. Five of my twelve witch hazels are currently in full bloom, ‘Orange Peel’ (above) and ‘Jelena’, ‘Harry’, ‘Rochester’ and ‘Amethyst’ (below):
Native snowdrops are beginning to push their way up in the woodland edge border but in the special snowdrop border several are in bud and six are just waiting for a really mild day to open fully, including ‘Three Ships’, ‘Peter Gatehouse’ and ‘Gabriel’:
Typical winter stars are fragrant Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ and Sarcococca humilis:
…but let’s not take the humbler stars for granted, like primrose, ivy, viola and Bellis perennis, whether nibbled or not:
If we throw in a pot of cyclamen blooming in the Coop that makes a total of 18, more than the ten allowed by the forgiving Chloris but not atypical of a Boxing Day count, which for previous years were as follows: