Flower power

It may be feeling cosy and almost Christmassy indoors but our garden is blissfully unaware that we’re speeding towards the shortest day of the year. It’s been gloomy of late; we’ve had very strong winds and rain (but nothing like the devastating rains in other parts of the country) and not much sunshine. It has been unseasonably mild, though, and this is probably why some plants seem a bit confused.

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There are still marigolds.
A strawberry plant is flowering..!
A strawberry is flowering!
There are still snapdragons...
There are still snapdragons. They’re a bit windswept but they’re hanging in there.
The Erigeron is still flowering on the front steps - continuous flowering since April. It's such a hard-working, joyful plant.
Erigeron karvinskianus is still flowering on the front steps – continuous flowering since April. It’s such a hard-working, undemanding lovely plant.
Salvia 'Hot Lips' is still going strong.
Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ is still going strong.
Some hardy geraniums are still sending out flowers and the leaves on some others are only just starting to fade.
Some hardy geraniums are still sending out flowers and the leaves on others are only just starting to fade.
Primroses!
Primroses! This one has been munched by an opportunist mollusc..
And, yes, the cheery geraniums are STILL flowering. This time last year, we'd moved them all into the greenhouse for the winter.
And, yes, the cheery geraniums are STILL flowering. This time last year, they were tucked up in the greenhouse.

In other news, I took the dog for a short walk this morning – a gentle stroll (no stomping yet) up to the top of the cliffs to breathe in some fresh, sea air and blow the cobwebs away. It was windy and drizzly and grey but it was marvellous. Have a lovely weekend.

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20 thoughts on “Flower power

  1. I love that red pelargonium against your black shed, very striking. It’s weird out there. I’ve got all sorts hanging on that really should be resting and lots flowering much earlier than usual. Glad to hear your toe is being gently eased into full stomping mode. Have a lovely weekend – it’s going to be a busy one!

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  2. It’s the same story here, Sam. What it is to live in the south! I have the same plants flowering, I spotted a ripe strawberry only yesterday and the cowslips are out. And among all the seedheads, there’s one echinacea bravely soldiering on. Not that I’m willing winter onwards or anything …! Have a good weekend! Caro x

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  3. We’re having crazy weather over here in Maine, too. We were in shirtsleeves yesterday when we cut our Christmas tree. So happy to hear you are out walking again. It must feel splendid.

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  4. I’m envying you your cliff top walk, exactly what I need I think. I’ve had strawberries flowering here too, and there were clouds of midges about by the stream yesterday. Love the erigeron, it’s such a pretty little plant, I think I shall grow some next year. Wishing you a good week Sam. CJ xx

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  5. Most of the varieties you are showing above have gone over in our garden! You must be protested from the strong coastal winds. We saw a host of daffodils all in flower on the way to Bristol. it just didn’t look right at this time of year! Sarah x

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