Boxing Day, Out For the Count

Every year, on Boxing Day or thereabouts, I count how many different blooms there are around the garden; I don’t pick them and create delightful tussie mussies like blogging friend Chloris, just seek them out and count them. This year she counted 23 (or 24 if she included the one she couldn’t bear to pick); I too found 24*, although I ‘cheated’, as I always do, by including some growing the Coop…

Let’s start with some stalwarts like Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’, a superstar I am pleased to welcome back after a number of years’ absence, and other regulars (clockwise from top left) Lonicera purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’, Rhododendron ‘Cheers’, catkins of twisted hazel Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ and out-of-sorts Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’:

Snowdrops specials seem to be following a more typical schedule this year, with only Galanthus ‘Gabriel’ and ‘Barnes’ in bloom:

Primroses tend to follow their own schedule, and some are flowering now, along with winter bedding polyanthus/primula:

Less seasonal are Rosa ‘Nathalie Nypels’ and Erigeron karvinskianus:

Equally unseasonal are some very silly potted annuals – nemesia, petunia and verbena:

Adding to my count are Chrysanthemum ‘Kiyomi No Meisui’, Pelargonium ‘Lindy Lou’, ‘florists cyclamen’ and Pelargonium ‘Copthorne’ in the Coop, the pelargonium only there because I haven’t got round to cutting them back:

Hellebores occasionally bloom here before the year is out, but this year it is only ‘Anja Oudolf’:

And finally, here are some of my witch hazels, just coming into bloom although none fully out – Jelena, Magic Fire, Harry, Orange Peel and Rochester, the latter flowering properly for the first time:

Winter blooms are possibly even more welcome than those appearing in the floriferous months, when their abundance can become almost overwhelming, and (where local weather conditions permit) it is worth seeking out additions to our gardens to provide interest in these leaner months. An added bonus, of course, is the provision of material for a Vase on Monday! Last year, many plants were ahead of themselves but this year’s count seems to be more typical, as the following records show:

2013 18
2014 28
2015 37
2016 14
2017 28
2018 16
2019 18
2020 37
2021 27

* as is invariably the case, the next day I found 3 more treasures that had been missed: Arabis ‘All Gold’, Hamamelis ‘Pallida’ and two very beautiful booms on Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’, bringing the total to 27

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6 Responses to Boxing Day, Out For the Count

  1. swesely says:

    I envy you. My count would be zero, since I live in Minnesota. I do wish you and yours a Happy, Healthy New Year.

    • Cathy says:

      Aw thanks Su. Yes, I realised in hindsight that of course for those covered in snow there would be little chance of winter treasures – what are your winters like?

  2. Chloris says:

    Thanks for the mention. I kept looking yesterday to see if you had done your Boxing Day flower count Cathy. What a joy to see your winter treasures. It is a special treat to see your witch hazels blooming.

    • Cathy says:

      I was far later in the day completing the post than I intended, as I like to be away from any screens by 9pm. I found a few more when I rambled today, making a total of 27. I might re-do the last collage as the witch hazel pictures have turned up much smaller than I expected. I am so pleased things are not as early as they were last year, here anyway

  3. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I have no idea how many there are in my garden – I know a couple of the roses have rather soggy buds on them – but I dfound a dandelion half open in a fild this morning!

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