December Bloomers

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 002 Wm

 

Schizostylis Fenland Daybreak

One of the last remaining survivors.

 
 

Fuchsia 'Blacky' 001 Wm

 

Fuchsia ‘Blacky’

There’s a bit more protection in the greenhouse.

 
 

Vibernum x bodnantense 002 Wm

 

Viburnum x bodnantense

Some of the earlier blooms were clobbered by the frost, but there are plenty more flowers to come.

 
 

Wild Primrose 001 Wm

 

Wild Primrose

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' 002 Wm

 

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Robert’

 
 

Mahonia 002 Wm

 

Mahonia

(For Cathy x)

 
 

Heather 002 Wm

 

The very first blooms on the heathers

 
 

Sarcococca hookeriana var humilis 001 Wm

 

Sarcococca hookeriana var humilis. Christmas Box.

Wafts of glorious perfume from this understated little beauty may only be days away..

 
 
Snowdrops 004 Wm
 

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 001 Wm

 

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.