We often think that winter is a time without flowers, but a quick walk around my garden this morning in a blessed interval of sunlight amid the rain, proves otherwise.
Never mind Santa Claus, I am joining in with Old Father Propagator – who is busy in his
toyshop propagating shed – and his happy helpers, the SOS bloggers. Feed the seasonal spirit by checking out what they are up to.
- First up is this darling primrose, bought in February from RHS Wisley – or Garden Wisley as my oldest insists on calling it. I had not expected to see her perfect pale yellow face so soon.
2. I have neglected this Cavolo Nero even though it is growing in a raised bed right by our front door. But the recent wet and wintry conditions must have suited it right down to the ground and now I reckon it is ready for harvesting again.
3. One of my very favourite winter flowers is the hellebore, with its sensual beauty ranging from creamy white to dusky purple. This clump in our herbaceous border springs back to life every winter, offering a little visual treat from the French windows. No flowers as yet, but they will appear in the dullest months of January and February.
4. I have many things to thank the previous owners of our garden for, but one of the best is this Viburnum x bodnantense, which produces divine pink flowers and a fragrance to match in the winter months. At first I wondered why it is located at the far end of the garden, a place not often visited at this time of year, but I have realised that it puts on a pretty show when seen from the back windows of the house and then tempts me out to sniff it.
5. You can’t beat the cheery yellow flowers of Jasminum nudiflorum at this time of year. Nuff said.
6. I featured this Miscanthus sinensis ‘Adagio’ a few weeks ago when I bought it from Marchants Hardy Plants, but I could not resist showing it again, as it provides such wonderful fluffy texture and a lovely buff colour at this time of year. Fluff and buff, I shall call it.