Winter started officially last Sunday here in Britain and last for 3 months until end of February. My garden doesn’t really look that different to last month – a few plants have died down and some plants have started to lose their leaves, other again are not as prolific in their flower production so OK, it feels like autumn but winter? Not really - not yet.
My garden is still green and lush even if there are some open gaps here and there, waiting for the spring bulbs to appear.
Most of my roses are still going on, but usually producing just one or two flowers at the time giving this effect of colours dotted around the garden.
This is Rob Roy, the reddest rose I have ever seen :-)
This is 'Mildred Scheel', a lovely rose that produces huge flowers.
And here is my favourite dark red ‘Crimson Cascade’ still with more buds to come.
The only David Austin rose still in flower is 'Susan Williams-Ellis', I was too late to photograph the two beautiful flowers that has been flowering for ages but here is the next one to come.
My trusty old pot rose is still going strong, never without flowers from April until pruning in February.
The pot rose is cream coloured in spring and summer but more pink/peach when the weather is colder.
In addition to the roses, my garden has still got lots of fuchsias in flower, two of my clematises are still in flower and one of my hydrangeas is still green and producing flowers. And yet....
....the spring flowers have started to make an appearance, just barely out of the soil.
These lovely cups and saucers are filled with Iris reticularis and anemones and in the flower beds the snowdrops and crocuses are also sticking their noses out of ground.
There has been no frost in my London garden yet, but it keeps hovering just a few degrees above zero C at night time with up to 10 degrees during the day. The next few days it might go as low as down to zero C but we’ll see, even if it is officially zero (at the nearest airport) it might not be that in my sheltered garden. It is only 18 days until the sun turns and the days start to get longer again – spring is just around the corner – can’t wait to see my whole garden filled with hellebores, irises, crocuses, hyacinths, snowdrops, daffodils, alliums....not long to wait now, and if we get a ‘normal’ winter and spring it will be only about 10 weeks until the daffodils are in full flower. Something to look forward to on this dark and gloomy December day :-) Until next time, take care.