Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day January 2014

It's mid January and thus far it's been far from a normal winter.  I can count on my one hand how many frosts we've had.  It's difficult not to be lead into a false sense of security but I do try to keep a level head and know they can't be far off.  We've had snow forecast a few times but none has appeared.

I've had time off from Project Privacy in the Garden this week - the new suite for the sitting room is being delivered on Monday and I'm busying myself giving the room a freshen up.  A suite was not planned, neither was the change in colour scheme.  I only painted this room back in August.  What has my new suite got to do with Bloom Day, absolutely nothing!  You are right - I digressed, so apologies.

We are experiencing more daylight now - it always amazes me just how quickly it comes around and the lighter afternoons are far more obvious as the days pass.  It was still light at 4.30 this afternoon.  With the increasing amount of light and the milder weather many of the slumbering perennials are now pushing shoots above the soil.  I've no doubt they'll take a bit of knock in due course!  Spring bulbs are pushing their way skyward, they'll shrug off whatever the weather throws at them.  The first to flower might not be a Snowdrop - this Crocus is way ahead of it's rivals!


Elsewhere in the garden, there is very little in flower and only one Hellebore has fully opened blooms.  Many of the others are full of buds but they remain tightly closed for the time being.


Helleborus orientalis
Jelena - a treat to myself back in December, a reward for being ahead with Christmas preparations!  Still flowering.  It doesn't have a home in the garden yet.  I've whittled possible planting positions down to 2! 
Hamamelis x intermedia Jelena 
As a rule - I tend not to do annuals and especially not pansies or violas.  In my garden they are generally nothing more than slug fodder!   Slug and snail activity has been negligible in the garden this last year I thought I'd given them a go.  A couple of trays of plugs purchased back in October are enjoying the mild weather.


The Mahonia has been in flower for over 3 months now.  It was just beginning to flower back in October.  This is the first year it has flowered for me - proving that plants can and do take 3 years to settle into a garden.  It's been worth the wait - I hope the Camellias are sitting up and taking notice!
Mahonia x media Charity

Primula Francesca just isn't giving up - she has been flowering since last February, admittedly the flowers are a bit limp and may have seen better days but at this time of the year any flower is welcome, right?

Primula Francesca

A pretty little mauve Primula vulgaris has been throwing up the odd flower all year long.  This plant came as a clump lifted from my brother's garden last year. 



Lupin, Geum, Ajuga and Heuchera all throw up a few unseasonal flowers, it's just a pity there are no pollinators around to take advantage.    



left to right: Lupin gallery Blue, Geum Bell Bank, Geum Dingle Apricot, Heuchera Binoche and Ajuga Burgundy Glow

Blooms might not be abundant but taking into consideration it's January I'm pleased to be able to join in this month's Bloom Day Posts.  Carol Over at May Dream Gardens has been hosting Garden Blogger's Bloom Day for 7 years now - this is a great way to record and reference your garden throughout the year.  This is my first ever January post but there are many seasoned, excuse the pun, garden bloggers giving us an insight to what's happening in their particular corner of the world.  Pop over, just as I'm about to and have a nosey around.  All that's left now is to thank Carol for hosting - so Thank you Carol, from a novice Bloom Day participant. 
 

48 comments:

  1. I sowed viola seeds ready for winter but the didn't grow very well which I think was down to poor compost. I do wish bags of compost were reliable.

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  2. What a shame Sue - I think it's just the luck of the draw when it comes to bags of compost. Even some of the most trusted names don't get good reviews!

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  3. Wow, that's a lot of flowers for January!

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    1. Isn't it - a lot more than I would have expected.

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  4. It is such fun to spot flowers in the garden in January. I think that greenish Primula Francesca looks lovely and a bit unusual.

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    1. Janneke - thanks. The jury is still out on the green Primula. It certainly is unusual.

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  5. Beautiful blooms!
    I especially love the Mahonia
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea

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    1. Lea - I love the Mahonia too - it's been a long wait for it to flower in the garden.

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  6. It's lovely to see some colour and early blooms in this otherwise bleak time of year. No sign of any crocuses here yet - I am watching them carefully!

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    1. Wendy - I'm surprised that some of the summer flowers are still hanging around. I'm sure your Crocus will make an appearance soon enough.

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  7. Wow, you have so many flowers! I was excited to see crocus leaves popping up already I my garden, but usually it's another month or so before they bloom.

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    1. I think that little Crocus is just a bit of a rebel! The others are miles behind and just appearing from beneath the soil.

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  8. Hi Angie,
    Like you, I'm waiting for the sudden icy spell. Things are all still dormant here. I see you have a Hamamaelis 'Jelena'. I had to trudge aroung several very coldd and wet wholesale plant nurseries today, gathering together plants for some schemes, and some of these were on my list, along with good old Hamamaelis mollis. All lovely, but Jelena is particularly nice. Hope your weekend is a good one.

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    1. I have been looking everywhere for Jelena too Gary - last winter she was very elusive! Trudging around those wholesalers when it's cold and wet isn't something I envy you off :) Have a good one yourself :)

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  9. I can't even believe you have something blooming like that. I can hardly wait for Spring now. Hope it's a good year weather wise for all of us.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. Nor can I Cher - I suspect if we had experienced normal weather I would have little to share. I hope we all have the perfect year in 2014.

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  10. Hi Angie,

    Very impressive - especially with Geums around! I totally forgot about bloom day so have no photos other than the hard frost taken on Saturday. Oh well, perhaps tomorrow I'll manage some if it isn't raining.

    New sofa and painting, huh? Nothing wrong with mentioning it in this post.... I'm nosy enough to want to know what colours you've gone for! We'll be painting tomorrow/this weekend the spare room, which is finally spare and I can now begin setting it up as a bedroom and get moving.

    Loving your Hellebore and really, really must have Witch Hazel when I move. Really.

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    1. The geums are certainly a nice surprise Liz. I'll be looking forward to seeing your bloom day post. I hope the weather didn't hinder you.
      The sofas are blood red leather - I'm not usually so bold with colours but as soon as I saw it - I was hooked. Good luck with your painting - I'm sure you'll have it done in no time.
      This hellebore is one of many similar - a tray of plugs bought a few years back.

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  11. H. Jelena is looking magnificent, hellebores too. But how wonderful to have geums in bloom!

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    1. It's nice to see some hangers on Jessica - I've no doubt the first bad frost and they'll collapse but I'm enjoying them while I can.

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  12. I love Primula Francesca, I've never seen it in flower in January before. In my garden it always flowers in summer. Your Jelena is lovely, I bet you are glad you bought it.

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    1. P. Francesca has been flowering for almost 11 months with out a rest. I do hope it doesn't burn itself out. I'm so glad I bought Jelena - she will make a lovely addition to my garden.

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  13. You are having a Happy Bloom Day, wallowing in flowers. Here, not so much.

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    1. Ricki - so many blooms really is surprising. I'm sure once the weather improves where you are you'll have lots to share with us.

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  14. To me, that is an amazing abundance! I can't even imagine having that many blooms in January. My entire garden is covered in two feet of snow. So, I will quietly enjoy your beautiful, bright blooms in anticipation of the beautiful spring to come. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Beth you've had it pretty bad over there this winter - I do hope the bad winter is a sign of a perfect summer for you all.

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  15. With all that's blooming ahead of schedule in my garden, I was surprised that my Crocus had yet to make an appearance but, just as I was headed into the house this evening, I noticed one pointy yellow spike - with all our warm weather, they probably haven't a clue when they're supposed to arrive. Happy GBBD, Angie!

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    1. Kris - the blooms in your garden right now are amazing. I'm glad you now have Crocus on the verge of flowering for you. I do on occasion envy those living in warmer climes but I think having our gardens shut down for a few months makes us appreciate all the goodies that come along in springtime.

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  16. Well you certainly have lots flowering, I'm thinking the same as you, a cold spell can't be far away. Non of my crocus are showing yet, not even the leaves. Your Witch Hazel is beautiful, such a lovely colour, it glows with the sun shining through it.

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    1. Yes, I don't think the weather can hold out much longer. It was pretty cold during the night last night and was most surprised it wasn't frost when I got up. I'm sure your Crocus are just getting ready to burst through Pauline.

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  17. Well, Angie, you may be just over the bridge from me but here's more evidence of what a few deg warmer/colder temps can make to our gardens. My orientalis hellebores aren't in a hurry to flower nor are my primulas or geums.

    What a nice spots of colour you have (I'm the same with bedding by the way but do like the faces on viola). I'm sure you appreciate your years of patience with your mahonia. I gave up to soon on mine many moons ago - I passed it on to my frined and low and behold it flowered with her that year!

    Happy Bloom Day for yesterday and best wishes for privacy in your garden for 2014 :-)

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    1. It's amazing the difference a few miles can make. Mind you, you plants won't suffer so much if it turns bad!
      A pity to read about your Mahonia - sod's law isn't it. I've given my brother a few plants that struggled here and the have thrived in his garden. It's so annoying!

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  18. I'm with Liz (above).... don't worry about digressing, what colour did you paint with?
    I think we've had 3 frosts & 2 of those were 'weak' so either that's it for winter or we are in for a shocker later. We also had about 40 seconds of the most amazing hailstorm I've ever witnessed but again that soon melted away. Looking forward to the next instalment of Operation Privacy.

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    1. The walls are white mist and blower hat!! In real terms, white and grey. I swithered over using red paint, but that can often be so difficult to get right.
      Those bad hailstorms are amazing, I agree. Operation Privacy shall recommence next week!

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  19. Hi Angie, very mild here too and I start to worry about my tulips which peep out of the soil. Pretty sure that winter is lurking somewhere! Jelena is a delight and I will also get another Hamamelis for our garden - probably Jelena as I have Diane and Primavera so orange would be nice. Your lupin is a little confused ;), lovely helleborus and I'm glad you like Mahonia too. They have so much too offer. Don't work too hard!

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    1. Annette - Lucky you having the room for 3 witch hazel. I must look up Primavera - I'm not familiar with it.
      I've always wanted a Mahonia - I'm glad it did buy one for this garden. Painting is almost finished. The old sofas are going to their new home on Friday, and the painting will be finished on Saturday. Whey hey!!

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  20. Hi Angie, great to see your hellebores and spring bulbs starting to flower, in my garden the snowdrops were first, no crocus in flower yet – I think it is all about where thy are placed, shady or sunny position. I am sure winter will bite back at us at some point, but the forecast for the next 10 days for London is still no frost. For every week that past without frost I am very happy :-)

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  21. You have an amazing number of blooms in your garden, Angie. I have not one - just snow! And the deer pruned my witch hazel. But I am enjoying reading, planning and day dreaming in front of the fire. How exciting to give your sitting room a 'new do'. Enjoy! P. x

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  22. Hi Angie, Lovely to see all the flowers out in your garden in Edinburgh. I saw a bank of snowdrops fully out today just outside Aberdeen! Lovely! They are not out in my garden yet, but are beginning to poke through white in sheltered places. I also have a yellow hypericum bud which keeps catching my eye - I am wondering whether it will open before the frost (or snow) gets it. I am like you with pansies - I don't usually plant them as they just get eaten. However they are so pretty that every few years I can't resist having another go - last year was one of those years so let's hope we are lucky. Do you think the better weather helped with your slugs and snails or have you acquired a resident thrush?

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  23. Wow Angie ... you have lots of stuff in bloom, and some things which are not meant to be ! Lupins ?? What ?? Loved Primula Francesca, and any plant which has been in bloom since last February deserves a place in ANY garden! I have nothing in bloom yet but the daffy are stealthily pushing themselves up through the grass ! Like you we have had the mildest winter ever, so far ... I am not holding my breath !!

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  24. Well your blooms certainly aren't novice! I love Witch Hazel and had a young tree from bare root stock that was doing well until this summer. I need to replace it. I must have Witch Hazel in the garden, and more primrose! Enjoyed yours. My hellebores are very young and have yet to bloom - I am sure they will be worth the wait. The wait will be long this winter.

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  25. You really have quite a bit blooming! My garden is almost completely dormant. I love your primroses. My huechera and geums won't put on a show for several more months. Good luck with getting more privacy. My neighborhood only allows fences 4 ft high so I'm constantly on display. I put in several trees, a huge trumpet vine, and a few climbing roses as well as lots of really tall perennials, but there is still very little privacy.

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  26. I enjoyed your January blooms Angie. Surprised to see that you have a crocus croaking already. None out here yet and the snowdrops are only just opening this week. I always think that the east is colder than the west but maybe your garden is sheltered. Interesting to see all those stragglers too. I'm sure that winter will have a sting in its tail but do hope that it comes sooner than later :)

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  27. Bloom in January and that too in Scotland!!! Am I day-dreaming or are you trying to pull our legs :-)? I always thought Scotland being a cold and windy place. Wow! that much bloom rival any blooming in spring or fall. Hats off to you.

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  28. Angie, answering your question -- I hope to buy a very high quality macro and telefoto lens one day. However, not sure when that day will come as I am now busy spending money on garden. I can't afford spending on both garden and lens :-).

    My hubby was also telling that it's just too much hassle to take macro with all these SLR cameras; his Iphone takes better :-).

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  29. Hi Angie, your have some very pretty blooms flowering in your garden right now! I had to smile when I read that you usually don't plant pansies and violas. I shouldn't plant them either because of the snails, but also because of our heat, that does them in quickly, but I do it each year. I just love them too much! The green flowers of Primula Francesca are quite fascinating. I haven't seen this primula so far and would like to figure out if I could grow it here in San Diego as well. That's how it is when I visit other blogs for GBBD: I always get ideas for trying out new plants in my own garden and I consider that a good thing :-)! Warm regards,
    Christina

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  30. Angie, you certainly do have a lot to show considering its January. I am particularly fond of the Hamamelis I hope you decide on the correct position for this beauty.

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  31. Hi Angie, I stopped by to say hello after you made a visit to my blog! Thank you. You live in a country I am longing to visit, so hopefully someday I'll get there. We lived in Europe for five years and most of that time was spent in Italy and France, with two trips to your neighbor: Ireland. Scotland, next. I know what you mean about slug fodder, boy do I ever. But I can't resist the sweet yet tough little faces of the pansies. And when the French tulips come up in the middle of them in a pot, I melt. I know spring is here. Thanks for visiting Angie. Helpful suggestions.

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