End of Month – December 2011

So, it’s that time of the month again; time to review the past month and to see what’s still out and about in the garden…

I’ve attempted to cut down on the number of images needed for the post by having them clumped together into little blocks and lessening the toll on your poor scroll bars :)

First up are the Hellebores, from left to right , top to bottom we have: The mystery Hellebore in the Cherry border which is looking rather like ‘Nigra’ at the moment before opening and then today was it was almost fully open. Then we have Harvington double lilac and double pink. Pink really isn’t looking as pink as I had imagined and I’m hopeful that subsequent blooms will be pink as expected.

Then we’ll look at the Cherry border, there’s a fair amount of green, however it does look grim until the plants properly begin to grow again. The bottom two images show something I discovered only once looking back at the photos after having uploaded them off the camera; The Pulmonaria ‘sissinghurst white’ are coming into bloom and the little arrow is showing where the flower buds can be seen on one of the plants.

Now we’ll move to the Aster border, I discovered quite a few bulbs have emerged over the past couple of days, as well as other growth such as lots of buds at the base of the sedums – one is even clearly beginning to emerge as are the Veronicas, which until recently have shown signs of new growth but they were very close to the ground; now they appear to be making an attempt to actually grow.

The various grasses in the border are helping with the interest at this time of year and the Hardy Pheasant’s Tail grass has set seed around the garden, with one clump on the sloping border next to the Aster border which, should it survive this winter to maturity will form quite a nice clump. Surprisingly, the snow of a few weeks ago hasn’t killed the Lavender blooms and the white Heather is also adding a nice little splash of colour.

Aubreita is gradually creeping along the ground for me and forming a very nice little blanket and is backed up by a dark-leaved Geranium that doesn’t appear to have died off at all this autumn. I also noticed some fresh growth on the new Dierama plants which I planted a few months ago. I have protected around their base in the hope it will help them through winter.

Wider views of the border show that unless you look closely it is still very much dead and then the last image is of Nigella seedlings coming up already..

Moving to the ‘right’ border by the house shows surprisingly less growth than the previous borders, but over the past few days there has been a number of bulbs suddenly appear as well as new growth at the base of the Sea Hollies.

I was surprised to see the Dianthus has a new bud on it, as I had assumed they were all dead, looking closer I also found the wild strawberry with a whizzened fruit on it, some Gaura blooms emerging and the Coum Cyclamen are getting ready to bloom.

The Campanula was knocked back by the snow a couple of weeks ago, but has faired better than the Hollyhock which clearly will no longer be trying to bloom. There’s also a wider view of the border showing only Erysimum blooming and a lone Knautia bloom.

A few random shots from around the decking and side of the house. Many of the pots are now full of bulbs coming up, we also still have lettuce leaves as well as a couple of Snowdrops almost in full bloom and the very beginning of Fritillaria emerging.

Finally moving onto the front garden reveals little interest, but as with the rest of the garden if you look closely enough you will find things are also beginning to move. I have to be honest, that it’s a surprise anything is happening there because it’s a north-east garden and at this time of year gets next to no direct sunlight.
The sweetbox by the front gate is just beginning to open its blooms, I hope its perfume is strong enough for me to notice it as I come and go, Iceberg Rose is still blooming and has plenty of flowers at the moment. Strangely the primulas are blooming, some have lots of leaves like this one others are blooming with no leaves at all.

The bidens in my large steel planter are still blooming nicely although I think I really ought to rip them out and replace them with spring bulbs. The £1 heathers I bought in September are still ok after I had assumed they’d be dead within a couple of weeks. And finally the biggest surprise are these Hybrid Bluebells already coming up!

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14 thoughts on “End of Month – December 2011

    • Hi Elaine,

      Yep, definitely a good start – a very early start to the new year. I’m a bit concerned everything is going to end up dying if snow comes. Hoping and praying we avoid it this year.

  1. Liz,

    I am really surprised at just how much further ahead your garden is that mine. I thought it was supposed to be warmer in the South :)

    Snowdrops……mine have not even emerged yet!!
    hmmmm, hope this does not mean they will not appear at all…..this happened in 2010, and yet last year they were wonderful.

    Harvington Pink I have found to be unpredictable. Last year though the blooms were beautiful and really pink. That was it’s second year of flowering in this garden.

    • Hi Cheryl,

      Ah, Urban Heat Islands have a lot to answer for :D

      I’m surprised none of your Snowdrops have even emerged yet, although there is still time and I am sure they will come eventually.

      Hopefully my double pinks will also get darker once they’re settled then as yours have! I just need to decide on its final place and then get out there and plant it!

  2. Interesting garden, I find it exciting to spot all the new growth coming up. I was also playing around with photos grouped together this morning and it works well especially in this post.

    • Hi,

      I always become far too excited when out spotting new growth, usually it’s refreshing after winter but this year we seem to have skipped winter and moved straight into spring.

    • Hi Donna,

      I hope the snow misses you! Although it is pretty, so perhaps have lots of snow which then melts within a day or two; that’s the best way :D

    • Hi,

      It does seem far too early, and I’m hopeful that we won’t get killer snows and frosts that damage everything in January and February – Winter isn’t over yet!

    • Hi Scott,

      As wonderful as it is to see all this new growth I am concerned that it will all be killed off before winter is over. It just seems a little too good to be true…

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