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Winter blooms

Heard about the gardens down south with lots of plants in bloom? I can't match that in York but I am still very pleased to see flowers on the following plants (which I'm sure other northerners can add to!); Anemone, Erysimum, several Hebe, Cyclamen, Osteospermum, Quince, plus the wonderful winter catkins on Garrya elliptica and nodding blooms on Hellebores. All these in addition to berries on the Cotoneaster, beautiful young leaves on Eucalyptus and the evergreen Pittosporum keep the garden full of interest even at this stage of winter, in the lead up to Christmas. Seasons Greetings to everyone!

Comments (2)

  1. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Hi Linda - yes, it's remarkable weather! Shirt-sleaves here in Somerset but sadly under a perpetually leaden sky above a sea of mud, as we put up the Christmas decorations.

    Our experience with Cotoneaster is that the berries, which redden through the autumn, stay on the tree until a cold snap. Then the birds strip the tree bare within a week or two. My guess is they prefer worms and other bugs that go off the menu when it freezes.

    Not much chance of them going vegetarian this Christmas!

  2. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Down here in South Oxfordshire it's grey, blustery - but very mild. I've been working in shorts right up to the end of last week!

    We still have roses blooming, but the Hellebores are out early, and I found my first Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyamalis) already flowering. It's either going to be a lovely winter, or a dreadfully bare February, if we get cold weather then...

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