Winter. It's been particularly mild thus far, but while December is classed as a winter month, it's rarely seen as that bitterly cold snow covered scene on the cards shared at this time of year.
The first 'Christmas Rose' is unfurling along with blue and pink buds of primulas
Silvery markings on cyclamen above with emerging buds on viburnum.
Winter jasmine is the only flower in full swing in the garden. The tiny sweet scented blooms appear for the first time on viburnum bodatense 'dawn'. There are two clusters on the pink winter flowering variety in the pink garden. Once fully established I'm certain it will fill this space with welcome winter loveliness.
A single pink 'New Dawn' rose clings onto life while it's leaves are passing.
This lovely rich hue is supplied by Pittosporum tenufolium Tom Thumb above, now it's leaves have all turned shiny purple. Below is a hebe in a very similar vibrancy.
A new acquisition is a cornus alba 'Baton Rouge' which has a stunning red bark and promises red foliage.
It was my birthday last month, and with money from my dad and step-mum it took me a while to find this fantastic plant to brighten up this space behind the bird bath. It's positioned in perfect eyeline from my seat inside the house and creates a lasting reminder of them.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.