Brave flowers of January GBBD

I have been away three weeks from My Hesperides Garden – more about my trip to the US in future posts as I was very inspired by the native vegetation and the way some National Park sites used native planting.

An apology to my blogging friends that I haven’t had time to leave comments on my favourite blogs while I’ve been away, I did manage to read and enjoy some but internet access wasn’t always available to me.  A very Happy New Year to you all and I’m looking forward to seeing all your gardens in 2012

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived home; I’d heard there had been cold weather and lots of snow in the north of Italy and thought it likely that even in mid-Italy the weather would have been much colder than we I left.  But although there had been a couple of colder days and certainly much colder nights the garden still has flowers and even the fennel in the vegetable garden is still edible, just, which is a sure sign there wasn’t a heavy ground frost where it is planted.

I was welcomed home by the perfume of Lonicera fragrantissima, which definitely lives up to its name.

Most of the flowers on winter flowering shrubs are relatively small but often with an intense perfume to attract the few pollinating insects that are flying.

This Elaeagnus has been flowering since the end of September.

Rosemary has also been flowering for several months.

Groundcover Verbena is still doing a great job of covering the soil and stopping the weeds.

This is another groundcover plant I should be dividing to have many more of. I think they flower every month of the year.

Teucrium always flowers early in the year

More surprising are the confused Achillea ‘Summerwine’,

and Abutilon, especially remembering that the Abutilon was knocked back to the ground by the cold temperatures of last winter.

The buds I showed last month on the Nandino haven’t opened yet but do look very attractive with the berries from last spring’s flowers and the winter red foliage.

It is not so unusual to have roses flowering in December but by January they are normally ready to be pruned; I was very pleasantly surprised to find several roses putting on a show for me today.

Yellow rose on pillar on the terrace

R. Clair Matin, also on a pillar

R .Queen of Sweden

The China Rose, has flowered since October

R. Gertrude Jekyll

One of the many blooms, single during the winter, of R. Sally Holmes

R, ‘Stanwell Perpetual’ has also flowered almost continuously since October

A hopeful bud on R. Scepter’d Isle

Strangely this Buddleia seems happier in winter than in summer when I expected it to thrive!

Cerinthe are beginning to flower but are a little later than other years to be blooming profusely.

To visit gardens where it really is summer visit Carol at Maydreams Garden to find Bloomday posts from around the world.

Thank you Carol for hosting this meme that we all enjoy so much, have a very happy gardening year in 2012, I look forward to reading about your garden and your ideas this coming year.

24 thoughts on “Brave flowers of January GBBD

  1. What a lot of beautiful flowers you have come back to, so precious in the winter. Your Achillea, Abutilon and Roses are amazing. Looking forward to reading about your trip to America, I’m sure it was wonderful.

  2. Oh how exciting a trip to the US! I do like the Lonicera, I shall make a note of the name as I was looking for some winter flowering climbers.

  3. Happy New Year Christina,
    You haven’t missed much here in Italy – a good time to go abroad. Whilst we missed the worst of the floods etc we have had near hurricane strength winds and nearly no rain so the plants are not getting refreshment in prep for the summer to come. But you are right – the fennel and salad are still extant so we are not getting prolonged frosts – yet. Amazing your Abutilon. Meanwhile the cauliflower has made a surge in growth and we now have a glut. My garden continues to be a couple of weeks behind yours but I think it is behind with respect to previous years.
    Looking forward to reading about your American travels

  4. Loved seeing your rose blooms! I miss mine, and hopefully they will be budding again soon. I wish I had a groundcover plant that bloomed every month of the year! I bet your garden missed you as much as you missed it. Happy GBBD!

  5. I can’t believe how much you have in flower. We are experiencing a cold spell here after a very mild winter. Some of the plants were being lulled into thinking it was Spring so maybe it is good to have some frost. looking forward to hearing about your trip to America.

  6. Hi Christine, I also love the scent of lonicera fragrantissima and eleagnus. You have a lot of flowers, How is that possible? I’m having a warmer winter than usual here as well, but not as much as in the rest of World apparently… I am amazed

    • I think the Achillia is flowering because it was only planted last year so was relatively new, if I cut all of them back mid or end of summer they would probably all be flowering. It has been very good value though flowering for months. Christina

  7. So many pretties! Queen of Sweden is exquisite. I love the low winter light in your photos.

    I am anxious to hear what area of the US you visited! Pennsylvania is not so hospitable at present, though for January it is nothing. Very odd weather this year.

    Happy GBBD… um, Week!

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