End of December round up


The end of my second year in the garden.

Last year was quite unusual in that there was snow and frozen ground, enough to kill off the tender plants. This year there has been barely a frost, and all the tender plant are still alive - past their best of course but still hanging on.

New plants

I bought a few plants that were on sale and planted them in the new section reclaimed from the lawn.

  • Astrantia major 'April love'
  • Leucanthemum × superbum 'Real neat'
  • Stokesia laevis 'Blue star'

New shoots

There are a few daffodils showing, for some reason one of the group always appears much earlier than the rest. Also signs of snowdrops. There is also one or two crocuses and a few of the Ipheion.

What's flowering during the month?

I'm going to stop giving lists of what is flowering during the month, but there was quite …

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Six on Saturday - end of the year

Its nearly the end of the year, and with it the end of my second gardening year.

Last year, there was some very cold weather in December, which finished off the tender plants, but it has been much milder this year and I still have several flowers. More than six in fact, so leaving out the Geum, Helenium, Lavender, Penstemon, Sidalcea and Winter Jasmine.

1 Pelargonium

I planted these all around the garden and they didn't do much, although it has been interesting seeing where they grew well and where not. I suspect that there may still be some interest in seeing which ones are overcome by the cold first.

Anyway, I don't believe that they have managed to get into any of my Sixes, so while there is still time, here is one of them.

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2 Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sunray'

This has been flowering non-stop for ages, although the flowers …

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HPS seed order

The Hardy plant society do a seed distribution of seeds sent in by members. I just joined at the beginning of this year and I received a random selection of seeds. I only managed to grow three plants from them, all Potentillas.

This year, I wasn't going to order many but I ended up with 11, which may be more than I can easily manage. There is no guarantee that I will get these, and I didn't set up any replacements, so I may have fewer after all.

Here is the order:

N Number Name
1 1911 Veronicastrum virginicum ex 'Lavendelturm'
2 1908 Veronica spicata
3 1907 Veronica longifolia ex 'Marietta'
4 1901 Verbena rigida
5 1893 Verbascum phoeniceum ex 'Violetta'
6 1697 Semiaquilegia ecalcarata
7 1698 Senecio polyodon
8 1651 Salvia × superba
9 1654 Sanguisorba armena
10 1632 Salvia microphylla ex 'Cerro Potosí'
11 1533 Primula japonica

And yes …

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New leaves

There is surprisingly little going on in the garden at the moment. At this time last year there were daffodils appearing and some crocus too.

This Ipheion uniflorum 'Charlotte Bishop' is shooting up leaves just like they did last year in December.

I've planted 50 more of these, along with some I. 'Jesse'. It turned out that the later were very much smaller bulbs than the 'Charlotte Bishop' so we will have to see if they grow and flower as well this year.

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End of November round up


A lot of rain especially towards the end and the ground is very wet. Very little sun gets to the garden at this time of the year.

There is not much to report this month, as things are slowing down and there is there is little new showing.

I started to plant the new bulbs.

What's flowering during the month?

The following were flowering at some point during the month.

  • Anemone × hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'
  • Antirrhinum majus 'Night and Day'
  • Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sunray'
  • Cyclamen
  • Geranium Rozanne
  • Geum 'Mrs J Bradshaw'
  • Gladioli
  • Helenium 'El Dorado'
  • Helenium 'Mardi gras'
  • Jasminum nudiflorum
  • Lavender
  • Pelargoniums
  • Penstemon
  • Salvia 'Hot lips'
  • Salvia 'Radio red'
  • Salvia 'Wendy's wish'
  • Sidalcea
  • Verbena bonariensis

Some pictures

This is Helenium 'Siesta' and the original stems were dying back, while new growth was appearing at the bottom. There are now a couple of fresh flowers.

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The snapdragons that were planted on the …

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Six on Saturday - 24th Nov

The week was very wet overall and earlier there was a cold east wind. Today it was quite bright until late afternoon when it started to rain again.

The sun hardly touches the ground in the back garden at this time of year, but it was bright enough for six photos so here we go for another Six on Saturday.

Geum 'Mrs J Bradshaw'

After the long flowering period of G. 'Totally tangerine' last year, I added a few more Geums to the garden this year. However, this year flowering was restricted to spring and early summer.

Except for this one, which has flowered continuously.

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Dill, or Fennel or...

This grew after I dug up part of the left border. I've read every article on the internet on how tell the difference between dill and fennel and I still don't know which it is.

I'm going for Dill, but I …

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Six on Saturday 10th Nov

Lots of rain last night, but by this morning it was sunny. At this time of year most of the garden is in shadow until later. By then, the sun was in and it was rather dull for taking photos. Always seems to happen every Saturday...

I'm doing a Six on Saturday this week while there are still plenty of flowers out.

1 Cyclamen

I bought this a few weeks ago as I like having a splash of colour in this area during the autumn. I don't expect it to survive the winter, but if as long as this winter isn't as bad as last year it may survive the rest of the year.

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2 Gladioli

This is the last Gladioli to flower. Its just an impression, since I haven't kept notes, but it seems that ones that flowered later, are also lasting longer.

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3 Japanese anemone

This is Anemone …

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End of October round up

Compare with last year

There were still plenty of flowers around this month and some plants just getting going.

Some plants flowering this month

This has been flowering away for most of the summer and doesn't seem to be stopping any time soon.

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The first flush of flowers died down, but there was a new lot of flowers not so long afterwards. Both pink ones are still flowering and the red one has buds, although they are no where near flowering yet.

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Winter jasmine
Started flowering again in the central part of it. I have been cutting back the old wood each year but probably not as much as I should do as I'm not sure how much it is holding the fence up!

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Salvia 'Wendys wish'
Earlier in the year, the flowers were more spaced out, with fewer out at the same time. Now it is looking …
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