New Year’s Day – What’s Flowering?

by Jane on January 10, 2012

Happy New Year everyone!

At one point there was a flower survey on New Year’s Day (or was it Christmas?) in the Cottage Garden Society newsletter. I remembered that when I saw a few flowers this year, that have survived because of the mellow weather, as well as a couple of things due out anyway.

I have: winter jasmine; a little sprig of rose ‘Ballerina’; the first flower of mahonia japonica; iris unguicularis; one little knapweed flower; 1 kerria flower in the hedge; 4 Japanese quince flowers, 3 calendulas, a couple of violas, and some Rudbeckia Rustic Dwarf, which are tender annuals! I seem to have lost my primroses in weeding the beds but hope some have survived. I also have a viburnum in flower near the compost heap, and nearby in a sheltered spot I have a feverfew and some oxeye daisies out.

My ‘winter’ garden is not out yet: sarcococca, hellebore and (after much waiting while it struggled) some buds on the chimomanthus which I hope are flowers.

What have others got out?

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Debra @ Gardens Inspired January 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Unfortunately our blooms are gone until spring here in Michigan USA, but our Hollies are beautiful, showing-off their glossy forest-green coats against the fluffy and white snow.

Jane January 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Well, that’s very nice! I imagine you have to plan for snow in terms of colour and also shielding things from it. Red berries must look good against the snow, though the birds will have eaten them by now?

We are having some very mild weather here – unlike last year and the year before when it snowed a lot. I can go out without a hat or gloves. The pelargoniums haven’t died off – whereas usually they die even when put in the greenhouse! They are outside near my front door. Hope the bugs (bad ones that is) are frosted out at some point, and the ladybirds have the sense to go back to bed and re-hibernate – I’ve seen a lot come out as if it’s spring.

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