Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – January 2015

Hellebore niger
Hellebore niger

Another year and the first Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post of 2015 and I am pleased that I have quite a few blooms to share although you really have to hunt around the garden to find them.  Although I think that is what makes them all the more welcome, they make you get out into the garden and spend time peering into borders.

First up is the Christmas Rose which is slowly but surely increasing year on year.  I understand from other gardeners I know that it can be hard to establish, mine is thriving on neglect planted between a box and rhododendron so I think it is fairly dry.  There are 3 or 4 blooms appearing this year which is an increase on last year.  For some reason my plant seems to open with its flowers almost open flat on the ground and they then slowly lift their heads as the days pass.  I’m sure others I have seen are more upright.

Galanthus Ding Dong
Galanthus Ding Dong
Unknown Galanthus
Unknown Galanthus

The first of my special snowdrops are opening.  I’m ashamed to say that I have lost the label for the second one despite only buying it last year.  It isn’t quite open but I am hoping when it does that some of my galanthophile friends might help me out.

Iris unguicularis 'Water Butt'
Iris unguicularis ‘Walter Butt’

Iris unguicularis ‘Walter Butt’ has produced its second flower which is one more than last year so hopefully it will go on from strength to strength now.

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As per last month the primroses continue to flower in the generally mild weather we have had to date this winter.  The top one is only small but it is a real beacon which I can see from the house and cheers me up no end.

Eranthis hyemalis
Eranthis hyemalis

I have to include Eranthis as I love them more than snowdrops and they are just beginning to establish in the garden.  These photographs were taken at the weekend as it is dark when I leave for work and get home so I am hoping when I get out side this weekend the flowers will be open.

Viola cornuta
Viola cornuta

The viola cornutas that I deadheaded extensively just after Christmas have rewarded me with another flush of flowers.  I am planning to get some more of these in different colours as I think they are really good fillers

unnamed narcissus bulbicodium
unnamed narcissus bulbicodium

In the greenhouse the Narcissus bulbicodium are beginning to flower but sadly I am really struggling to photograph them to show them at their best.

Narcissus bulbicodium 'Lemon Flare
Narcissus bulbicodium ‘Lemon Flare

There are also the same cyclamen flowering as last month – they almost seem to be frozen in time along with the Viburnum which is also still flowering.  Hellebores and Camellias are about to open so it will be interesting to see what is still around for next month’s post.

For more Garden Blogger Bloom posts visit Carol at May Dream Gardens

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Alison says:

    I envy your eranthis, no sign of mine this year I think my acid soil has eaten them.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Alison
      I have acid soil too – maybe you arent planting them in the right location, I dont think they like to be crowded. The good displays I have seen have been in driveways or quite open sites

  2. threadspider says:

    It’s good to see the eranthis in bloom. I planted loads last year which emerged and were eaten by something. I’ve tried in every garden to grow them and failed, so now I enjoy other people’s. I lovely the little Narcissus too- it’s beautiful in its clay pot.

  3. Steve says:

    Lovely pictures. They just typify wintery flowers. When I see the combination of snowdrops and Eranthis I can’t help but smile.

  4. Yvonne Ryan says:

    re Hellebores – Terry Hatch a top NZ plant breeder has his hellebores planted under trees, very dry. doesn’t feed or water them and mows the leaves off in autumn. Rough treatment but lovely plants and flowers!

  5. Lea says:

    Beautiful!
    I love the Primroses!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!
    Lea

  6. It’s lovely to see your outdoor blooms in flower starved upstate New York where the only things outside are snow and ice. I have Lenten Roses (two) but not Christmas Roses. Enjoyed your primroses, too. Happy GBBD.

  7. You have quite a treasure trove for January. I like the shot you captured of ‘Lemon Flare’, such an interesting flower with its narrow petals and long stamens.

  8. There’s an iris called “Water Butt”? Inquiring minds wonder why…

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Rachel
      that should have said Walter Butt – it was named after an keen plantsman, better go and amend!

  9. Thank you for sharing Helen….you’ve got a good variety of early bloomers. What a boost it gives us to see these little treasures at this dreary time of year . Just spotted G. Mrs Mcnamara in bloom…one the mole didn’t drop into oblivion,plus Lunaria ‘Corfu Blue’ has a couple of brave flowers on it…from seed I collected on my holiday last May.

  10. Oh I love your shots of the Narcissus bulbicodium, I think you did well.

  11. rusty duck says:

    What a gorgeous little Narcissus. I’d have these any day in preference to the big blowsy ones that I seem to have inherited in their droves. The N cyclamineus I bought last year looks like it has a bud..
    Just a thought on your unknown snowdrop. Most of my new acquisitions end up on the blog, could you have made a note of it somewhere here when you bought it?

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Sara
      I know I bought it at the AGS conference but I can find no mention of it on the blog or in my notebooks – which has led me to think I need to do better with records!

  12. Janice says:

    I love seeing all your beautiful flowers in your garden. I too have lots of white in my garden, unfortunately it’s snow! Not a bud, a flower or a blade of anything green to be seen! Maybe in April if we’re lucky, but probably more like May.

  13. Cathy says:

    I was going to ask if you had not mentioned your snowdrop on your blog last year, but you say not – perhaps you were still in denial about buying it! I am sure once it has opened enough to see the markings some of us could probably give some suggestions that would jog your memory! And the leaves will be a help too. Those narcissus bulbicodium are beautiful in a very delicate way – well done for being able to give these potted bulbs enough attention.

  14. rudioniovalentino says:

    Lovely to see some new life of flowers in the garden.

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