Between Christmas and New Year I always like to wander round the garden to see what is in flower in the middle of winter. This year, as well as the usual winter flowering plants that I would expect to see, there were some unexpected surprises like lavender and roses, that shouldn’t be flowering in December!
After one of the mildest autumns on record, some plants haven’t stopped flowering after the summer and spring flowers have started to bloom early. Daffodils and snowdrops have been spotted across the UK and here in Gloucestershire, my garden is full of unexpected flowers I wouldn’t see at this time of year. The lawn and weeds are also growing at an alarming rate, but because it is so wet, it is impossible to cut the grass or get on the borders to tidy up.
These are just some of the flowers I found in my garden in December.
From left to right, top row: coreopsis, lavender, roses, campanula, nasturtium, bergenia
2nd row: hellebore, hebe, knautia macedonica, geum, viburnum, climbing rose
3rd row: viburnum tinus, viburnum bodnantense dawn, penstemons, feverfew, wallflower, hebe
4th row: marigold, abelia, lobelia osteospermum, pelargonium, melianthus major
5th row: ceanothus, pulmonaria, geranium, mahonia, cerinthe major and nicotiana.
Whilst the spring and summer plants are not flowering profusely, they are flowering and I have even seen bees at work.
What’s flowering in your garden that you don’t expect to see at this time of year?