Looking at the weather on my phone on Sunday morning provided a stark reminder of just how balmy life is down south:
St Helens, Isle of Wight 12C
Durham, (where my daughter’s at university) 0C
And while I was pottering around the garden taking photos of precocious December blooms, she was making this:
The rose above (which featured as buds in last week’s Wordless Wednesday) is an inherited one and I sadly don’t know its name.
Whilst plants such as the Salvias have ground to a halt, there are plenty more rose varieties still clinging on, including Rosa Flower Carpet Pink
R. St Swithun,
and finally, R. Jubilee Celebration. I have to confess to having to lift this bloom as its head was definitely hanging down, but that had the benefit of keeping it immaculate. This December is getting ridiculous!
kept company by the Chocolate Cosmos, Cosmos atrosanguineus. The trouble with them both still looking so good is that I can’t face pulling them out and bringing them under cover. Something I may well live to regret.
Another tender plant I haven’t brought in is the Rhodochiton atrosanguineus, but as it’s taller than me and completely twined around the obelisk, I’m not sure how I would anyway. The good news is that I have seedlings already through in the greenhouse, so hopefully I’m covered.
With many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting everyone’s GBBD. Why don’t you pop over and have a look at what everyone else has blooming now?