Boxing Day Flower Count 2017

So this is the seventh year I have counted the number of plants in flower on Boxing Day.  It’s an interesting exercise and makes you really look at the garden to spot any flowers. This year the snowdrops seem to be ahead of themselves.  Galanthus Mrs McNamara (above) is already in flower, with Galanthus Ding Dong and Galanthus plicatus ‘Colossus’ coming up quickly behind.

Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’

There are two Viburnums in flower; the Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ and the Viburnum rhytidophyllum

Viburnum rhytidophyllum

Other shrubs in flower which I overlooked photographing are:

Grevillea victoriae
Mahonia ‘Media Charity’
Jasminum nudi-florum

and this Abutilon, whose name I have forgotten (as usual).

The first hellebore is in flower, last year they were only just in bud.

Conversely there is only one primrose in flower, where as last year there were numerous primroses and primulas in flower.

Another small delight is this little cyclamen, a new addition under a shrub. I choose the white flowers over pink ones as I wanted something to lighten the spot.

Finally, is the delightful pot of violets which lives on the patio table.  They have been flowering for weeks, only closing their petals when it snowed.

In total there is one more plant in flower this year, 13, to last year which remains low compared to 2015 when there were 35 plants in flower.  I suspect some of this might be because of my leanings more towards foliage plants other flowers.

For previous years counts follow the links below:

Boxing Day 2016
Boxing Day 2015
Boxing Day 2014

Boxing Day 2013
Boxing Day 2012
Boxing Day 2011

 

 

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. No actual flowers here, but there are some bulbs pushing flower spikes up, so there soon will be, if they don’t get frostbitten….

  2. tomedwa says:

    I’m in West Yorkshire. Things flowering today despite the frost are wallflowers “bowles mauve” and “apricot twist”, shrubby salvias, mimulus aurantica, viburnam tinus, mahonia, some stubborn little pink diascias, pink cyclamen hederifolium, viburnum bodnantense, viburnum tinus, a very nice yellow hellebore and also a white one. Nice photos. I’ll take some too next time once I get the technology sorted.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      A good selection for the time of year

  3. Cathy says:

    Love the new look of your blog, Helen! And great to see the flowers. Not a bad total for someone who is slowly being taken over by a love of foliage! Happy new year!

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