The Bloomers: Class of 2015


Hamamelis mollis 'Jermyn's Gold'

Helleborus 'Penny's Pink'

Narcissus cyclamineus

Fritillaria nigra

Erythronium revolutum 'Knightshayes'

Trillium luteum

Epimedium 'Amber Queen'

Cistus argenteus 'Silver Pink'

Cornus kousa 'Wieting's Select'

Peony 'Bowl of Beauty'

Rose 'The Lark Ascending'

Hydrangea arborescens 'Invincibelle Spirit'

Turks Cap Lily

Primula florindae

Cosmos 'Purity'

Hedychium gardnerianum


Pests, pestilence, meteorological adversity.. and the occasional falling tree.

This year had it all.

But there were still a few that got away.


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  1. hoehoegrow December 27, 2015 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    A very uplifting selection Jessica ! I really enjoyed those as they reminded me of all the treasures we have in store for us. And it won’t be long before it all kicks off again … seed catalogues at the ready!! xx

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      Yep, the snowdrops are starting to bloom. That’s the beauty of gardening isn’t it, plus the chance to improve things year on year.

  2. Helen Johnstone December 27, 2015 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Lovely photos and I am coveting your fritillary and cornus.
    Best wishes for 2016

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks Helen. I put the fritillary in the ground (in a cage to protect it from the mice) so my fingers are crossed!

  3. Denise December 27, 2015 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    For me? The cosmos and the bee! Happy Gardening in 2016!

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      Buzz buzz. It was good to see so many around the garden.

  4. Anna December 27, 2015 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Oh your photos have made me feel warm and glowing Jessica. That and a glass of sherry 🙂 A most magical round up of some of the cast in your garden. I’m particularly smitten by the erythronium.

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      Sherry always does that to me too 🙂
      Thanks Anna.

  5. Donna@Gardens Eye View December 27, 2015 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Beautiful reminders of what is to come!

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      I hope so Donna. And the days are getting longer..

  6. Alana Mautone (@RamblinGarden) December 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Beautiful. Have a happy New Year!

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks Alana. And the very same to you.

  7. Linda aka Crafty Gardener December 27, 2015 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous photos. What camera, lens, settings do you use for such clear and close photos?

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      A Nikon D7100 DSLR. Most of the photos here were taken with an 18-200mm zoom lens, but we had a disaster with it a couple of months ago, so now have two Nikon lenses which between them cover a similar range. If it’s me taking the photo it’s point and shoot, Mike is the expert when it comes to settings! We’d love to get a macro lens when budget allows, but in the meantime use a tripod to get a really crisp shot, then crop it.

  8. Sarah December 27, 2015 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    That’s a wonderful way to celebrate your top bloomers of 2015. I will look forward to seeing more of your garden in 2016. Wishing you both a happy new year. Sarah x

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      You too Sarah, thanks x

  9. Backlane Notebook December 27, 2015 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Gosh how do you do that – a photo slide show? I love the fritillarias and the cosmos with the bee enjoying the nectar and what a pretty rose..

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      I use a plug in (Layer Slider) that came with the theme. It’s a devil’s own job to work it all out, but having got the one set up for the home page I can now copy the template and tweak!

  10. annincumbria December 27, 2015 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    I have just come home from a meal with my children there partners and my grandchildren to find these beautiful pictures,alls well in my world tonight thank you

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      You’re very welcome Ann and thank you. It sounds like the flooding problems have moved away from you a bit, hope all’s well.

  11. Diana Studer December 27, 2015 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    another fritillary fan!

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      Gorgeous isn’t it.. just hope it comes back next year!

  12. Dorothy @ The Nature of Things December 28, 2015 at 12:47 am - Reply

    Ah, you had some beauties there!

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      Thanks Dorothy. If we have another mild winter hopefully they’ll all survive.

  13. Linda December 28, 2015 at 2:01 am - Reply

    Not only beautiful plants but so beautifully captured in your images.

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks Linda.

  14. Beth @ PlantPostings December 28, 2015 at 2:40 am - Reply

    And a stunning presentation! Thank you for the 2015 round-up of beautiful bloomers in your garden!

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      They are keeping me going through the unremitting grey of winter!

  15. Kris P December 28, 2015 at 2:59 am - Reply

    Beautiful specimens, one and all! I would be ecstatic if I could get a peony to bloom in my garden. Hopeless as it is, I’m still trying…

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      They’re tricky even here. I moved one this year. Big no-no. We shall see..

  16. derrickjknight December 28, 2015 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Wonderful pictures, Jessica

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks Derrick. I wonder how many similar ones ended up in the virtual bin, just for these few.

  17. 1gus1 December 28, 2015 at 9:37 am - Reply


    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks Janice.

  18. CT December 28, 2015 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Lovely photos. My fave is the witch hazel. Waiting on ours here…It’ll be competing with daffs soon! x

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      It’s getting silly isn’t it. Witch hazels do vary with variety though, I’m still waiting for ‘Diane’.

  19. SeagullSuzie December 28, 2015 at 11:19 am - Reply

    So enjoyable, thank you.

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      Thanks. Seems hard to imagine all those blooms out when I look at the garden these days.

  20. Brian Skeys December 28, 2015 at 11:41 am - Reply

    Lovely presentation Jessica, looking forward to seeing what the new year brings.

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 4:13 pm - Reply

      We won’t be waiting long the way things are going. I reckon the garden is 4-5 weeks ahead of last year.

  21. Mise December 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    It’s a reminder of the forgotten sun. May you work another batch of your wonders this coming year, Jessica. You always make everything better.

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      Oh if only it were true! Thanks Mise.

  22. pagedogs December 28, 2015 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Exquisite! And here’s wishing you happy gardening throughout the new year.

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 4:16 pm - Reply

      And to you too.. You’re at the most exciting stage in a new garden, when you start to see the results of all your efforts.

  23. Sue Garrett December 28, 2015 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Beautiful images they would make a good calendar.

    • Jessica December 28, 2015 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      Or as desktop images I was thinking..

  24. Charlie@Seattle Trekker December 28, 2015 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Your “year in review” photos are just stunning…

    • Jessica December 29, 2015 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      Thanks Charlie.

  25. jenhumm116 December 29, 2015 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Ooooh, what a treat of a post, thank you!
    And thanks also for labelling everything so I can add them (pretty much) all to my wish list.
    All the very best for 2016, Jessica.

    • Jessica December 29, 2015 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      There are some things I’ve already pinched from you to go on the list for next year. Isn’t it great that we have this forum for exchanging ideas?

  26. snowbird December 29, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    It’s always good to look back, especially at this time of the year. A lovely selection. Here’s to next year! xxx

    • Jessica December 29, 2015 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      I think we need it especially at this time of year, when it’s so grim outside. Thanks snowbird.

  27. homeslip December 29, 2015 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Beautiful and mesmerising, thank you. I would make room for all of these in my garden. Next year – the two most important words for any gardener.

    • Jessica December 29, 2015 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      Gardeners are supposed to live longer.. for just that reason.

  28. Suzanne December 30, 2015 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    Very beautiful!

    • Jessica December 31, 2015 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks Suzanne. Summer seems a long time ago.

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