Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – December 2010

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day is held by Carol May Dreams Gardens

Don’t expect to see much in the garden now… I hope some things will bounce back in the coming days, but I’m not holding much hope… I think this is all we’ll have until Spring now.

These Violas seem to be hanging on in there




Self-seeded Violas just beginning to flower

Hebes didn’t flower at all, but are quite pretty

Rudbekia were finished by the snow



Cyclamen might make a comeback…


Crocus and Iris seem to think it’s Spring already.

Ivy and Cyclamen leaves make a nice partnership

Campanula still has buds, can you believe it??!!

Cupid’s dart continues to grow, ready for next year

Scabious brightens up the border even if it is a little dog-eared.

And oh, so very pleased to see all Diarama seedlings have survived!

Aquilegia’s fresh growth

And its dead seed heads

26 comments:

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

The snow finally took out all my blooms. That and the 10 degree days. Your cyclamen is looking a little weather worn. Hope it makes a comeback.

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

Hi Liz

I was wondering how your garden had coped with the early winter at least you have more colour than me. I am surprised to see a little campanula in bud along with a scabious. I think that little cyclamen might come back again but I suppose it depends on what this artic weather predicted from tommorrow has in for us.

Bernie said...

Wonderful Violas! How terrific to see your Scabious showing its fabulous flower.

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Lovely details. I particularly like the little pale yellow viola.

noel said...

aloha

i love your winter texture and colors, even the dead heads are so picturesque, nice capture

noel

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

I love the white viola that you opened with best. Such a pretty image.

Lucy Corrander said...

It's a funny old season - fresh flowers and old leaves.

Lucy

Pam's English Garden said...

Dear Liz, You have more to photograph in your garden than me today. We haven't had measurable snow, but today's high is -3 degrees C. with the wind blowing. Thank goodness for your violas; they are darling! P. x

Eliza @ Appalachian Feet said...

Your viola solo portraits are so sweet! It's nice to see the faded blooms and seed heads, too.

VW said...

Flowers always look pretty through your camera! Love the pansies. I'll never get tired of them, common though they are.

Rose said...

Your violas look so cheery, Liz! It's nice to see some hope of more blooms in your garden. I'm afraid mine is done for the season; the good thing is that all the snow is insulating my perennials until spring. Happy Bloom Day!

Plantaliscious said...

I love the way aqilegias still flourish their leaves at this time of year. I think my cyclamen have succumbed to the cold, but the violas are attempting a come-back! Lovely images.

Kyna said...

It's unseasonably cold here. Even my pansies are starting to give up. Last year they made it through the whole winter.

Liz said...

Hi Gwgt,

The now here pretty much took everything out, I've also discovered a few shrubs have been damaged quite badly too... My shrubs aren't yet large enough for it to make little impact sadly. There's a Garrya which I've had for around 3 years that has a broken branch and a Sweetbox which I haven't even had a year with most of its branches snapped :(
I just hope the sweetbox manages to survive the damage.

Liz said...

Hi Rosie,

I'm very surprised to see the Campanula and Scabious too, but the freezing temperatures have returned and we had a powdering of sleety snow which began to melt and is now in places ice. Not sure which I prefer, the deep snow so it protects the plants underneath or the 1cm peppering and ice? Mmmm, tough call.

Hopefully you haven't been hit again too hard, I wonder if this will ever end.

Liz said...

Hi Bernie,

Thank you very much, the Violas are pretty much all I have now, and they aren't looking all that great. We have more freezing temperatures - I don't think it's managed above zero for a few days now.

Liz said...

Hi Mac,

Thanks, it's certainly nice to see a little bit of yellow at this time of year. I'm not a fan of yellow, but I am grateful to see it now when Spring seems so far away!

Liz said...

Hi Noel,

Thanks! Sometimes it's very difficult to see beauty in this weather, but I guess it makes you appreciate it all the more when you do find it. I'll be glad when this winter is finished, I'm ready to go back to our otherwise boring winters.

Liz said...

Hi Jennifer,

Thank you :) I do love the whites too, I haven't seen them for a few days so fear they may have died thanks to the return of freezing weather.

Liz said...

Hi Lucy,

Indeed, very strange! The Aquilegia must've thought the weather was quite mild until the arctic blasts hit!

Liz said...

Hi VW,

Violas and pansies are great at this time of year for offering colour when little else can and would normally last right through the winter for me.

Liz said...

Hi Rose,

I half wish we still had snow to insulate my plants too, sadly we just have a peppering of snow and very cold temperatures! Not the best comnbination!!!
I do hope Spring hurries, I want my spring bulbs :)

Liz said...

Hi Janet,

Sadly I think my Cyclamen have also given up the ghost, but I'll have a little trip outside if I get the chance to check on them. I'm in two minds whether to remove the flower heads and see if they will produce fresh or to leave them...

Liz said...

Hi Kyna,

The Pansies/Violas would normally make it through the winter here too, fair enough with few flowers on them but they would normally survive... I don't think they'll make it this year, or will at least take a break for a time before producing more flowers.

allenaim photography and design said...

Oh how I wish I had ANY blooms this decemeber....

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Nice shot, i can't wait to see next what happen.

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