End of December round up

Compare with last year.


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.

There are several primroses in flower Photo 7504
Winter jasmine
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Helebore 'Mont blanc'
Photo 7507
Helebore 'Christmas spirit'
Photo 7508
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Helenium 'Mardi gras'
Photo 7511
Sidalcea 'Elsie Heugh'
Photo 7512
Cyclaman coum
Not a great photo, but included for completeness Photo 7513
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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.


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

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

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

The Lewisiacontinued flowering throughout the month. This is really out of season for it …Photo 7458
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Six things 30 Nov

My first six on Saturday for a while, on the off chance that you are wondering what that is all about then head over to The propagator blog for lots more slices of Saturday garden life in six easily digestible pieces.

After a week of darkness and rain it cleared up for the weekend for a change. Of course the sun was combined with some frost, it's the 8th day this autumn that the temperature has dropped below zero.

There is far less surviving colour in the garden last year, I was just looking at pictures from last year, and the autumn flowers lasted right into December, whereas this year there is very little left.


Every year I get one of the tender Cyclamenand plant it for the splash of colour. This year I decided to keep it in a pot as I thought I could make it …

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Saturday in the garden

A first frost this morning, its very calm and sunny, probably more rain tonight though. It has rained every day this month so far.

1. Viola

I got a tray of these earlier and they are still flowering nicely.

Photo 7468

2. Salvia Amethyst lips

This is like S. 'Hot lips' but with a dark purple colour. Its possible that the colour is more stable as there are no all-white flowers on this plant, whereas there are on my 'Hot lips'.

Photo 7476

3. Alstroemeria 'Summer breeze'

This has been great value this year. It has flowered continuously since I got it, and is still going strong.

Photo 7471

4. Cotoneaster leaves and berries

The leaves and berries of this Cotoneaster are almost exactly the same colour. In the background there are the orange berries of the Pyracantha.

Photo 7472

5. Winter jasmine

I cut this back a fair amount, hoping that it would put on some …

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End of October round up

Compare with last year.


The average temperature was 8.3C with a minimum of 0.3C and maximum of 14.4C It rained on 21 days, with a total of 100mm of rain.


Last month was all about the Red admirals, this month there were a few Comma butterflies. One time I saw two at the same time. They were mostly on the Verbena, but also on other flowers such as the Helianthus here.

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This has much larger flower heads than last year. I've moved chunks of this into the front garden where it will get some more sun and may do better.

Photo 7425

Anemone × hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'

This is much taller than the previous two years where the flowers didn't seem to stand up on tall stalks as they are here. It is also starting to spread a bit.

Photo 7428

Helenium 'Mardi gras'

This is a great Helenium that …

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Lewisia in flower

These are supposed to flower in the spring/early summer as far as I know.

When I bought this is was covered in flowers which had mostly gone by the time I decided where to plant it. I made a mini rockery with three stones and planted it in the middle of them, so that it is slightly higher than the surrounding ground. This will hopefully keep it dry enough to survive the winter.

Anyway it has decided to throw up an autumn flower too.

Photo 7432

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End of September round up

Compare with last year.


The average temperature was 12.8C with a minimum of 3.2C and maximum of 21.4C It rained on 18 days, with a total of 85mm.

Picture round up

I'm still way behind, so just a set of pictures from the month.

Astrantia 'Moulin Rouge'

New this year and much better than my existing one as it has a bit of colour to it.

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This month it is the Red Admirals that have dominated, never more than one or two at a time, but still a frequent visitor.

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Actaea simplex 'Brunette'

This is a slow growing plant and I can't say that it is particularly larger this year than last, but there are more flowers at least.

Photo 7399

Lobelia 'Bee's flame'

Also a patch of Rudbeckia.

Photo 7401

Rudbeckia, Alstroemeria and Gladioli

There is also a white Phlox here which has done well as the only surviving one …

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End of August round up

Compare with last year.


The average temperature was 16.2C with a minimum of 8.4C and maximum of 26.3C It rained on 17 days, with a total 115mm

Picture round up

I'm late finishing this so just a quick look through some pictures this month.

Roscoea purpurea 'Spice Island'

New this year. Looks exotic but supposedly hardy - we shall see.

Photo 7330


It has been a great year for butterflies, with all the Verbena that there is this year. There have been a lot of Painted Lady butterflies - I've seen up to 15 at the same time. In spite of the numbers it seemed to be difficult to get a photo of several together.

Photo 7347


This appeared out of nowhere, grew quite tall and had a fair number of flowers. I guess I will have them for ever more now.

Photo 7349

Phlox paniculata 'Laura'

Photo 7353

Lobelia cardinalis 'Bees' Flame'

Photo 7359


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