Warm Winter

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Lupins in December? Who’d have believed that?

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The Hybrid Teas are still producing quite reasonable blooms

What an amazingly mild couple of weeks we’ve had here in Scotland. Temperatures of 14C in Inverness, 13C down here in South East Scotland with the last few nights not dropping lower than 10C! Many summer nights (and days for that matter!) are colder! Very strange weather! Still, it’s to turn colder next week…

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Achillea

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Not quite Africa, but these Marigolds are enjoying the winter warmth

We’ve entered a relatively quiet time in the garden, hence fewer posts, with the winter clear-up now underway. The leaf-raking season has run on longer this year but our leafmould box is nearly full now. Last weekend was spent cleaning up after the storms of the previous week. Despite our trampoline ending up lodged against an apple tree, the Greenhouse remained unscathed but there was a mass of twigs and small branches to clear up from the lawn.

This weekend, weather permitting, I’ll be tidying up the borders, removing material that has been broken by the wind or has simply turned into a brown mess. I’ll leave what I can though including all the upright material, including attractive stems and seed-heads which can be quite ornamental in a monochrome sort of way, but, with a zing of frost, a real Christmassy feature!

There’s some strimming to be done, too, under the old apple trees and round the edge of the policies in preparation for the spring bulbs, and with all this warmth we’ve had recently, we may well see these starting to come through much sooner than usual, starting with those marvellous yellow winter aconites!

The Christmas holidays approach – a welcome break from the daily commute, heralding the start of the winter pruning season…

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The delicate bloom of a David Austin rose

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13 Responses to Warm Winter

  1. lundygirl says:

    Last year we had a hollyhock flower in mid December. It looked lovely but out of place! Your post has reminded me to get in the garden and rake up the leaves!

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    • That’s a bit unusual, lundygirl. I think it’s quite interesting how long into the winter some plants can bloom for. A couple of years ago, we had all sorts of things coming into bloom at very strange times of the year! When I was raking the shade border this weekend (in the wind needless to say!!) I noticed the familiar grey-green noses of snowdrops poking through. I wonder if this will be the shortest winter on record?!!!

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  2. What an unbelievable sight to see these flowers…indeed your December has been warm.

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  3. Oh, how blessed you are! Thank you for these brilliant images! Happy and Safe Holidays! Diane

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  4. bittster says:

    I could only hope for such blooms! We’re into quite the cold snap here with temperatures well below freezing and more snow due tomorrow. A warm start to the winter is a far better way to ease into the new year…..

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  5. pbmgarden says:

    The Lupin is beautiful–have never been able to grow them in any season. I have Achillea that looks very similar to yours that still blooms.

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