The Slope on Thursday- Not one flower today

There has been a lot of cold weather since my last post about the slope but today is mild, a bit dull but with sun peeping through the clouds every now and again.

The usual view

The usual view

The sub-zero temperatures have stopped the Solanum and the Erigeron flowering so the slope is dependent on its form and texture at the moment.  There are lots of green shoots growing so it won’t be too long before the Muscari begin to add some colour.

Oleander seed pots are bursting, I don't remember there ever being so many in other years

Oleander seed pots are bursting, I don’t remember there ever being so many in other years

Looking up from the gate

Looking up from the gate

There are still quite a few Rosemary and Teucrium flowers but nothing that is visible from a distance so my title isn’t 100% accurate.

There are a few flowers in other parts of the garden but I think I need to be patient and wait for the spring!  What’s brightening your garden on this dismal January day?


22 thoughts on “The Slope on Thursday- Not one flower today

  1. Your garden is pretty awesome even without flowers. I love the textures and colours that you’ve achieved on the slope. I’m relying on that here with beds of sturdy evergreen box parterres divided by an intense orange beech hedge. But there’s little in bloom other than sweet box by the kitchen door and flowers on the horizontal rosemary (which proves impossible to photograph).

    • As you will have read on other posts I am passionate about form, texture and foliage as the most important feature in any garden so I don’t actually mind when there aren’t any flowers.

  2. Your prostrate rosemary is a plant for all seasons, lovely. My red sticks of Cornus alba and Salix alba Chermesina are holding the side up but I am glum with a leaden sky and constant drizzle keeping me inside. Amelia

  3. Your garden bare of flowers still looks lovely as its got great bones. We have the red stems of Cornus alba too and the Forsythia I cut just before Christmas is just flowering indoors, I was thrilled but noticed today its flowering outside too. I notice too that the daylight hours are starting to get longer here. I hope you get some sunshine soon Christina.

    • We’ve had lots of sun really, even on the very cold days it was lovely, today is dull and immediately I feel down. I noticed today that it was still light at 5, always good to see the evenings getting longer.

  4. Yes, I have really come to appreciate the important shape and form and foliage since reading your ‘Slope’ posts Christina. As you know, I have a number of witch hazels brightening my garden this greyish but not dismal January day!

  5. The structure of your garden maintains its appeal. Here in coastal Southern California, it was heat rather than cold that put a damper on our winter blooms but, thankfully, the temperatures have been dropping steadily since reaching a new record for early January (86F) on Tuesday. They should be normal by the weekend – and there’s a slight chance of rain too.

    • Hope the rain arrives for you, temperatures as high as that are amazing in winter, but it does allow you to grow a lot of plants that wouldn’t survive the winters here.

  6. Well, that familiar view with your rosemary has brightened this day for me! My garden is, however, wet and icy and muddy today and any plants visible through the snow are brown and soggy, so nothing is very cheerful out there!

  7. I think a real test of a garden is how it looks in winter. Your policy of planting for effective foliage, texture and form makes your garden wonderful all year round. Have you tried sowing the Oleander seeds? I wonder if they come true or if you would get different colours.

    • Your are very kind Liz; no I haven’t tried sowing the Oleander seeds, and I’ve never found any growing under or near the existing plants so they may not be viable. As the Oleanders are so slow growing I think they would take rather a long time before I saw the flowers; If you would like to try I can save some seed and bring it when I see you next.

      • That’s kind of you Christina but I already have 2 oleanders and I had better not take on any more as room for non-hardy plants becomes more of a problem every year.

  8. We had several days of fog, and I love the aerial perspective that it creates. A wonderful sense of mystery unlike anything else. Your slope sets the standard for year-round interest, with and without flowers.

  9. All that wonderful evergreen structure and the contrasting textures make for a still beautiful view, despite the lack of obvious flowers. Rather nice to have the contrast too. I remember thinking that gardening in California, with such subtle changes in temperature, could lead to a sense of nothing changing seasonally. I do appreciate the variety we get from a more varied climate. Which doesn’t stop me watching eagerly for signs of spring…

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