My Boxing Day Flower Count is becoming a real tradition now as this is the fifth year I have done it. It is simply a case of going round the garden and counting how many plants are in flower. Of course when you start thinking about it in detail, as no doubt some people will, you start to wonder if you should count every single Primula vulgaris or each of the red flowered Cowslips or whether you just count one as a representative of the group. I didn’t remember having these thoughts before and when I looked back on last year’s post I suspect this is because last year, and the years before, the numbers were small – 17 in 2014 compared to 35 today!
One of the most notable differences is the number of hellebores that are already in flower probably due to the ridiculously mild winter we have had so far. Last year there was one double in flower which I had bought in flower back in October. In contrast this year all the flowering hellebores are well established and I anticipate there will be more flowering within the next two weeks given the number of buds appearing. Also flowering at the moment is the Helleborus niger ‘Christmas Rose’ and Helleborus foetidus.
Then there are a ridiculous number of primulas in flower. Last year there was a small number with one or two flowers just about showing but this year the flowers are more advanced and in some cases going over. Here are some of my favourites.
The usual shrubs are flowering: Abelia, Jasminum nudiflorum, Rosemary and this year they are joined by Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’
Other new additions this year are some early Galanthus, although Galanthus Ding Dong has been a resident for a couple of years now.
The actual flower count list is as follows:
Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’
Galanthus elwesii ‘Mrs Mcnamara’
Galanthus ‘Ding Dong’
Galanthus plicatus ‘Colossus’
Helleborus niger ‘Christmas Rose’
Helleborus ‘Anna’s Red’
3 x other unknown Hellebores
Salvia involucrata boutin
Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’
Cyclamen persicum (I think, bought in 2014 as a bedding plant)
11 x assorted primulas
In contrast with previous years the Iris unguicularis has been flowering for a couple of months and seems to have finished now. You can compare this year with previous year’s via the following links