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1st December - and blooming!

Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,269


Some photos taken today of flowers in bloom in my garden. I hope I've re-sized the photos okay. I did put names (tags?) to the plants but they haven't appeared - apologies.

Please enjoy.



  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,495

    I enjoyed, thank you, sizing is perfect.

    Nothing much out in my garden apart from violas since the -7° frosts.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,269
    That's very low, Busy-Lizzie, we've been lucky here, it's turned mild again, up to 13 today.
  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845
    I enjoyed them too,thank you. The primroses are my absolute favourites
    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,404
    Lovely to have so much at this time of year Lizzie. What is the little lilac one below the viola, and the white one above the heuchera?
    The native prims flower all year round here - I was just planting out some small ones yesterday which had their cheery faces on  :)
    I don't grow a lot of 'flowery' plants anyway, and use foliage and evergreens for autumn/winter colour, as it would be a very empty garden all winter otherwise. Heucheras are great for that.
    Many of my dianthus are still flowering though, despite the weather. The potted ones mainly, as I can give them better growing conditions, and shelter them a bit.
    Violas are lovely all winter unless the slugs get them. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,269
    Fairygirl - The lilac one is a new to me, a Hebe "Maria" which I'm hoping will grow a bit bigger next year. I'm trying to increase my stock of flowering evergreens to cut down on maintenance now I'm getting older. The small white flowered plant is again new to me - a parahebe (related to hebes I believe). Again it is relatively evergreen here, could be on the tender side but survived the Beast fron the East with no protection and has flowered all summer and is still flowering now. It's next to two dwarf roses The Fairy, one pink/one white which I planted in the same hole as an experiment. Unfortunately I seem to have planted the parahebe in the same spot as a thalictrum (which I thought had died) so might have to move it next year. I love my native primroses which are all round the garden, the original plant came from my mother's garden, which was semi-wild near a wood, so it's a lovely memory of her. I was especially pleased this week as her birthday would have been on the 23rd and the primrose was flowering that day.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,269
    Forgot to say that the heuchera is one called "Rio", which I've been trying to get a couple more of to make more of a show. It's been very vibrant all year (bit tatty now) and it's next door to a Spiraea "Goldflame" and a Tieraella "Redstone Falls" which I also want to get more of - a ground-covering plant that doesn't run and again has good vibrant peachy/apricoty/reddish colouring. I've just planted a rose "Silver Jubilee" to that spot to give some height, which I'm hoping will blend in with the other plants - can't wait for the summer to see if it all works! 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,404
    I wondered if it was a parahebe Lizzie. They're very useful plants - had one in a previous garden.  :)
    The Hebe too - I ruled it out as it was in flower!
    You're right about the Heucheras too - great for year round colour and form. Vital here for the long winters.  Shrubs too - easier maintenance as well  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,269
    After I posted, I met a friend at our local Hilliers and managed to get two new Heucheras for the price of one - Fire Chief and Cherry Cola, both in the colour I wanted so pleased about that. I can now plant them near my existing one to make a group of three - which is what I should have done in the first place but the expense of buying three put me off a bit - £30 for 3 plants is a bit too much for me.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,404
    If you buy them at the end of summer/early autumn, they're usually nice big fat plants filling the pot Lizzie. Then you can divide them up. I bought one big plant for about a tenner, chopped in half, then chopped one of the halves up to give me one decent plant and four little ones.
    The four small ones were potted up and are growing on [one was sent to a forum member]  the full half was planted in a border yesterday, and the remaining bit of that half went into another area on my back fence. The three little ones will be decent sized plants by next summer  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • RubytooRubytoo On the sofa, Southerly aspect.Posts: 1,287
    edited December 2018
    Nice pictures and plants Lizzie27
    So you are another Heucheraholic in the making :)

    Not sure why your photo names didn't come out, but if you do a space bar or return between each picture you get a gap you can put the names in.
    Sorry can't remember which key it was now, but I did it the other day took me ages faffing around. I found a post and remembered someone said it recently, but not who, sorry.
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