Six on Saturday: Winter Garden

Our back garden is north-facing and on a slope. In summer it gets plenty of sunshine and is a lovely place to be but at this time of year it is rather dank. Because it slopes down to the house, our patio is cold, wet and slippery. Next year we are hoping to redo our kitchen and sort out this area at the same time. I dashed out yesterday to take some pics from the back garden where there are still lots of winter treasures growing. The best thing at this time of year are the trees and shrubs which provide a soothing outlook from the house.

Fortunately our front garden is south facing and gets sun at all times of year so in 2021 when I regain my gardening mojo, this is where I will start off.

All hail The Propagator, who invites us to share six things from our garden each week all year round, even when it’s hard to drum up much enthusiasm in December!

1. Fatsia flowers

Our Fatsia was a bit slower to flower than other SOSers this year. We are on the south coast in East Sussex but I have noticed things seem to flower slightly earlier to the west of us. I always enjoy the weird shape of these flowers.

2. Mexican orange blossom

Our Choisya ternata is having a second coming. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it in flower this late in the year.

3. Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’

We didn’t actually plant this but I’m pretty sure it’s Dawn, a classic winter flowering shrub which bears these pretty pale pink clusters of scented flowers on leafless branches.

4. Holly berries

This holly doesn’t have the classic spiny leaves but it does bear lots of glossy crimson berries.

5. Last of the roses

They’re still going – at this rate we’re going to have roses all year round. A bit battered and bruised but there are still several blooms on Lady of Shalott.

6. Hellebores

New growth on the hellebores is poking through reminding me it’s time to cut the old growth back.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. For me, the Hellebores seem to start the new gardening year. It’s amazing how the roses keep throwing out the odd bloom still.

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  2. Gosh, and it isn’t just one flower on the MOB, it is a full bloom. I bet the fragrance is wonderful. So nice to see the hellebores coming.

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  3. fredgardener says:

    The photo of fatsia flowers is reminiscent of the huge agave flowers that we can see in the deserts. The shot taken from the ground is interesting but you can imagine the real size by seeing the trampoline next to it. Always great photos and these helleborus are ahead of here

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  4. Katharine says:

    Wow Ciar – you still have plenty of blooms to look at. Your Mexican Orange Blossom is glorious.

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  5. Oh the colors in your garden! Awesome! My fatsia has never had flowers! I didn’t even know they could flower! I learn something everyday and that is why I love SOS so much!

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  6. Goodness! Your Mexican Orange blossom is going, or having its second flush, much later than mine. Admittedly, I gave it a short back and sides a couple of weeks ago but it had just about given up then. Also, your helibores are much more advanced than mine. Meanwhile, I do still have a few roses hanging on.


  7. Those Holly berries are a show. Another north facing back garden owner here!


  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Seems like you go from fall straight to spring, no winter! Your rose portrait is superb.

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    Holly berries are so nice. We get almost none here. In landscapes, only females are planted. Here where they grow almost wild, they make only a few berries, and most get taken by birds.

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  10. Heyjude says:

    I have had roses in flower this month too! Quite ridiculous really. Your holly berries are lovely.

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  11. Paddy Tobin says:

    You have lots of interesting things in the garden though it is in the middle of the winter.

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  12. So much still to seeing your garden.. I wish my Fatsia would flower

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