You could well be forgiven for thinking that I’d uploaded the wrong file of images to Flickr this month. The abundance of roses and salvias make you think more of May than December! Perhaps the only really seasonal plant is Mahonia. I moved the Mahonia from by the drive where I should have been able to enjoy the flowers and perfume through the winter to the back border because the other position was in full sun in a border I never irrigate and this didn’t suit the Mahonia at all, I even thought it had died in August. Now it is in light shade and will receive regular irrigation throughout summer. I hope it will grow large and make its presence felt in the border.
The roses that you can see in the slide show include R. Molineux (the bush is covered not just the odd bloom), R, Rimosa on the pillars again with many blooms from the base to along the pergola. R. Clair Matin on the west facing pergola is also giving a good show. R. Old blush is lovely even if the flowers are heavy for the new stems and all the blooms tend to be facing down. R. Sophie’s Perpetual, R. Tradescant and R. William Shakespeare also have several blooms even if this morning they were all covered with heavy dew and I think it unlikely they will last very much longer. R, Rhapsody in blue has some very beautiful flowers; it seems not to mind the cold weather at all. But very best of all is Rosa mutabilis which is looking a good a at any time during the year.
The miniature pomegranate has had flowers since September when the full size specimen was already full of fruit.
Click on the image of R. mutabilis below to see all that is blooming in my Hesperides Garden today.
What’s blooming in your winter garden today. Link with Maydreams garden to see Carol’s blloms plus a whole lot more from around the world.