First daffodils

The first of the pre-existing Daffodils to open is in the back border. Last year it was one in the left border, but there are fewer and fewer of the original Daffodils in that border each year and none of the remaining ones is anywhere near flowering.

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The first of the N. 'Jetfire' from last year are flowering.

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End of February round up

Compare with last year.

Weather

The average temperature was 4.7C with a minimum of -1.1C and maximum of 11.8C, and there were 5 frost days when the temperature dropped below zero. So overall it was warmer than November and December. It rained on 19 days, with a total of 74mm of rain, so there was much less rain than in many places that suffered floods.

Funnily enough the minimum temperature through the whole of the winter months was only -2.3C and there was a colder day in November than that. Its also likely that the temperature will drop below that in March too in which case there will be colder days in autumn and spring than in winter.

Flowering

Things look more bare than I remember at this time last year, mainly I think because the new area which is highly visible from the house has …

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Winter aconite

I had forgotten I planted some Eranthis hyemalis in the part of the garden near the house. One of them has pushed up a flower bud. No sign of any more so far, nor the ones from last year.

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End of January round up

Compare with last year.

Weather

The average temperature was 5.6C with a minimum of -2.3C and maximum of 12.8C, and there were 3 frost days when the temperature dropped below zero. So overall it was warmer than November and December. It rained on 17 days, with a total of 32mm of rain, so quite dry.

Last year it was much colder with an average temperature of 3.8C.

Flowers

There is not a lot of difference to the end of December although of course the Primroses, Hellebores and Cyclamen coum are more advanced.

The white Hellebore is doing very well this year:

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The new red one is flowering quite well but is much smaller:

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Snowdrops
I can't say the snowdrops are thriving, be interesting to see how many there are this year. Some are just starting to flower: Photo 7520

New shoots

There are lots of tulips, daffodils and …

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First anemone blande

The first signs of the Anemone blanda have appeared.

This is exactly the same day as the first sighting last year, but earlier than 2018 where the first sighting was the 4th February. They typically flower until at least the end of April.

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Possible Primrose from seed

The yellow Primrose to the left has a distinctly lighter center than the primrose that was planted in early January 2018. I see from a web search that they take about 20 months from germination to first flower, so there is just about enough time for this to be an offspring of the one I bought. On the other hand it may be just a coincidence and it arrived some other way, since there were other primula in the garden originally although all either cowslip or polyanthus style.

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End of December round up

Compare with last year.

Weather

The average temperature was 4.7C with a minimum of -1.8C and maximum of 12.1C, and there were r9 days when the temperature dropped below zero. It rained on 18 days, with a total of 28mm of rain, so much dryer than November which was the wettest month of the year.

Every plant that is in flower at the end of the year

Well here we have a picture of every kind of plant that was in flower on the 30th December.

Primroses
There are several primroses in flower Photo 7504
Winter jasmine
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Rudbeckia
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Helebore 'Mont blanc'
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Helebore 'Christmas spirit'
Photo 7508
Lewisia
Photo 7509
Helenium 'Mardi gras'
Photo 7511
Sidalcea 'Elsie Heugh'
Photo 7512
Cyclaman coum
Not a great photo, but included for completeness Photo 7513
Violas
Photo 7514
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End of November round up

It seems to me that last year, there were flowers surviving much later than this year. The Penstemon that I grew last year, survived but did not flower - I saw one flower, but did not get a picture.

Weather

The average temperature was 5.6C with a minimum of -3.4C and maximum of 11.2C, and there were 7 days when the temperature dropped below zero. It rained on 28 days, with a total of 140mm of rain.

Flowering early in the month

Sedum
The flower heads last year were really small, but this year much larger - I would say more normal size. Perhaps the dry weather last year was the problem. Photo 7455

Salvia
The shrubby Salvia's were still in flower in the early part of the month. Here is Salvia 'Day glow'. Photo 7457

Lewisia
The Lewisia continued flowering throughout the month. This is really out of season for it as …
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