Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – January 2015
2015, eh? So far I’ve done well to remember to write the correct date at work… However I know I’ll relapse, usually toward the end of January or early February when suddenly I begin to forget again! I guess that’s when the excitement of a new year wears off, becomes the ‘norm’ and suddenly I can’t remember what the date is any more. On the up-side, my new job no longer requires me to work a month in advance, so I do actually know the current date these days when for the past 3 years I usually don’t have a clue because I’m way ahead.
So yes, onto the bloom day.
Considering it’s January, the garden is doing quite well. With the usual suspects showing up for this month’s look at what’s blooming. I haven’t managed photos of all the blooms, so you’ll have to trust me on this and after the snow at Christmas I have some tidying to do – mainly coppicing the Willow and cutting off dead Fern fronds as well as general tidying and mulch spreading.
Not photographed are: Autumn Cherry, Erysimum and Winter Jasmine (all have been blooming since December, well the Erysimum never stops flowering).
We do however have Snowdrops almost opening; I really need to get some more ‘Flore pleno’ before they’re all gone! So far only the ‘Nivalis’ are coming up. Although, saying that I’m doubtful that some of them are actually Nivalis. There’s a marked difference in leaves between some clumps – i.e. most are a greyish blue green, quite thin leaf but some others the leaves are almost like Bluebells as they’re much wider and a lime green shade. I took quite a lot of photos of them last year to record how much larger the blooms were too. But hey, natural variation is a wonderful thing and after all, this is how different varieties occur. (Apologies, I threw the Orchid in there because it was also white and pretty)
I also have Cyclamen Coum blooming in the front garden, I’m pleased they seem to be doing well and continue to appear each winter/spring. I was concerned they’d be pest fodder, but so far all is OK. I can’t tell if their numbers are multiplying though, but we do have ants so perhaps they are. I just need to pick up the dead leaves which succumbed to the heavy snow ice.
And lookie here, spotted amongst all the detritus; Brook Thistle attempting to bloom. I must go out to see if it’s flowering yet.
Garrya is very pretty with is lightly blushed pink flowers, this shrub is quite near the front window so I get to see it easily.
Sweetbox is blooming by the front gate but was recently crushed by the snow. Poor thing it isn’t doing well. In its first year we had 17inches of snow hit it. It was badly damaged on one side and hasn’t ever really recovered and is now over-shadowed by a Hebe which had a very good year in 2014. Oh well. I should really replace it.
Hellebore ‘niger’ is also now in bloom and many others have buds, including some which didn’t do anything last year. For some reason the Hellebores in the front garden always get damaged and seem to be nibbled, but those in the back garden remain fine and largely unblemished (unless damaged by snow).
Sadly though, my stinking Hellebore doesn’t have any buds on it this year and I’m unsure if I’ve lost argutifolius (must make a point of looking for it).
And last but not least…
Geum Totally Tangerine is blooming!