snapdragons will come through if they're in very well drained soil, even better in a wall. But you'll get lots of seedlings next year as long as you haven't dead-headed too seriously.
Bowles Mauve also likes it dry, should be OK, usually comes through for me. I'd leave the flowers to enjoy. Might be some left for the new year. We always do a flower count on new years day. Bowles mauve has been on the list occasionally.
The new years day flower count is a great tradition here. Very strict rules. To be counted the flower has to be open enough to see the inside parts, and not frozen and brown. Flowers in pots outside can be counted, nothing in the greenhouse. Scores have varied between 2 & 50-60 different flowers.
What a good idea. Had a look round today to identify likely contenders. Pulmonaria rubra usually makes it. The native hellebores are always close but rarely quite get there. Have hopes for Cyclamen coum. At the moment Cyclamen hederifolium is still flowering. Could it make it to NY'sD?
we are allowed to count what some would class as weeds.
I don't like the short daylight hours but apart from that I love watching it all happening through the winter. Some things have been unbelievably late so might still be in flower. We need no really hard frosts or heavy snow between now and then for a good count.
My avatar is an Erysiumum taken last week after the frosts, it's still going! Best £3.50 sale plant buy this year.
Noticed though that my dwarf snapdragon flowers have all secumbed to the recent frost. The older, taller variety ones are still going!
Like the idea of a NY flower count. J.