Above, Rosa ‘Susan Williams-Ellis’
What a difference a month makes.
The garden is looking quite sorry for itself now. Gale force winds, torrential rain and frosty nights have all taken their toll.
Schizostylis Fenland Daybreak
One of the last remaining survivors.
There’s a bit more protection in the greenhouse.
Viburnum x bodnantense
Some of the earlier blooms were clobbered by the frost, but there are plenty more flowers to come.
Battered. Nibbled. But trying its best regardless.
A couple of nights ago, Cathy was proudly showing the first hint of colour on her Witch Hazel. I was sorely tempted to go outside, there and then, and inspect mine with a torch. But patience was amply rewarded when yesterday I found this:
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Robert’
(For Cathy x)
The very first blooms on the heathers
Sarcococca hookeriana var humilis. Christmas Box.
Wafts of glorious perfume from this understated little beauty may only be days away..
Snowdrops. And where would we be without these?
This has been the toughest month to find flowers in the garden. The Iris unguicularis, seen in the last post from Cotehele, would fit in very nicely and next year I must plant some of those.
So what could I find for this month’s new (to me) bloomer? Tricky. The nursery benches are now quite bare. But where there’s a will..
Helleborus niger HGC ‘Joshua’. The Christmas Rose.
The first Hellebore of the season? Bring it on.
Linking to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens, where you will find other December bloomers from around the world.