Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – December 2014


At this time of year any flower is a welcome addition to the garden although many of them you really have to seek out.  Viburnum rhytidophyllum (above) surprised me this weekend with its flowers which are just opening.  This poor plant has suffered from my indecision and is in its third location in the garden, I blame my son’s workshop.  This is the first time it has flowered since 2010 and although it was relocated this year I think its new location is much better for it and is similar to the location it was originally bought for.  Hopefully the flowers are a sign it is happy and as I have no intention on relocating the shrub it should get a chance to thrive now.


Cyclamen are bringing most of the colour highlights to the garden at the moment.  I bought a batch of the above cyclamen which were being sold as winter bedding to brighten up a bare patch created my removing the dead Acer.  I don’t know what variety of Cyclamen they are as they weren’t labelled but they have been flowering for well over a month now and there are lots more buds to come.  Although they were sold as winter bedding I won’t discard them come the spring as they may flower again next year. I did the same with some other bedding cyclamen below last winter and they are smothered in flowers.


I don’t think they are hedrifolium or coum as they seem to be much larger plants so if anyone has any ideas I would love to know.  Of course if we have a very hard winter then I am sure they won’t survive but for a couple of pounds they are value for money.


I always have some primroses flowering at this time of year although the slugs seem to be very good at getting to the flowers before me.


Primrose ‘Jack in the Green’ has been again been flowering for month possibly since October and probably due to the mild Autumn we have had it seems to have an endless supply for flower buds.  It is such a pretty plant with the white flower surrounded by a green ruff of small leaves at the top of the stem.


And here we have signs of another primrose about to put on a small but perfect show.

For more Garden Blogger Bloom Day posts visit Carol over at May Dreams.



12 Comments Add yours

  1. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Little treasures. We are still waiting for ‘Summer’ – Well we have been having 1 or 2 days of gorgeous weather a week for ages, sw, cloudy but not rain. The water tankers have been busy for the last month to those homes who are not connected to city water – BUT wham – bang in came a ne gale and it bucketed down. No more watering the garden for a while! My worm weez buckets were full so gave the veg a good drink. of delicious nutrients! They said yum yum! Planted out my beans that I had sprouted, basil and new parsley.Been listening to a lot of carols as my friend in a Barbershop chorus. A lot a bit silly for a New Zealand summer as snow, white Christmas songs are sang. We have a beach and strawberry, a berries Christmas. New NZ’ers from Britain still like their cold Christmas but we like our summer one!

  2. A beautiful photo of a shrub I remember well in my father’s Worcestershire Garden,

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Welcome to the blog, I dont think you have commented before. It is a lovely shrub indeed and not one I have come across much before

  3. Lea says:

    I love cyclamen!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Me too Lea – I have quite a few but they arent flowering at the moment

  4. BushBernie says:

    I’m another blog reader who lives in the southern climes and right now it’s the first month of our summer. I did enjoy catching a glimpse of the beautiful flowers still blooming in your garden. Loved that happy, healthy looking Viburnum.

  5. Rebecca says:

    I love your precious primroses! There is definitely a lull in blooms over the winter (at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere), even in my Texas garden. It makes you appreciate each little bloom you do have even more. Thanks for sharing!

  6. rusty duck says:

    Helen you are doing better than me. Despite fine tuning the antennae before going out I could find little worthy of a photograph so haven’t joined in this month.
    I’ve seen a lot of those ‘winter bedding’ cyclamen around in nurseries this year (none of which had a species identified) and wondered about getting some, and how hardy they would actually be. If our winters continue to be mild your experience suggests they would be a worthwhile investment, especially if they reward us with flowers the following year too. 🙂

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi RD
      I bought the cyclamen last year with the intention of composting them come late spring but thought I would give them a go. They are so cheap and look nice in baskets as well

  7. Alison says:

    I know very little about Cyclamen, but yours do have some very pretty markings on the foliage. Both C. coum and C. hederifolium do very well in our wet winters here in the PNW, but those are both done flowering now, providing a very nice spot of foliage for the winter. Whoever thought of marketing them over there as winter bedding plants had a brilliant idea.

  8. Gayle Madwin says:

    I was so surprised to see your primroses in bloom! My primroses look very much like that first one of yours, but mine only bloom in the spring.

  9. Cathy says:

    Hi Helen – I know from past experience that these cyclamen won’t generally survive a hard winter, but let’s applaud them however long they last for their colour and leaf patterns.

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