This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Monday, 17 December 2012

Mid December Blooms

I'm a little behind with Blogger's Bloom day this month, which is on the 15th of every month and hosted by May Dream Gardens blog. There's very little in flower this month, however, there's quite a bit of interest in the garden this time of year with berries, birds and interesting foliage. Below is  a little summary of what's looking good around the garden at the minute. It was a lovely sunny day on Sunday when I took the photos. I'd guess no snow for us this Christmas!?!
Above & Below: Kaffir Lily is planted in several areas of the garden. One of the main clumps bloomed in November and is finished. Plants in other locations are blooming now which add some welcome interest to the garden. 
Above : Kaffir Lily - I dug loads of bulbs from a congested area in the garden a few months back. I threw some clumps in an old plastic container thinking I would plant them later when I found a spot to put them. The container has no drainage, but the bulbs have withstood being soaked in water for months on end and are flowering.
Above: Forest Flame shrub.
Below: primrose with ivy.
Above and Below: Heather is only just beginning to flower.
Above: One or two roses are still making a show in the garden.
Above and Below: Just as interesting as flowers this time of year - pine cones and holly.

Happy Blogger's Bloom Day!
Bloom Day is hosted by May Dream Gardens and bloggers share their blooms from across the globe.

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  1. We still have kaffir lily flowers and rosebuds. I wonder for how much longer.

    As for snow - don't be too sure - if anything our weather is very changeable!

  2. The holly is looking very festive. Still plenty of interest in the garden at this time of year.

  3. My garden is looking rather bland at the moment. Very soggy really. The birds have left a few berries on the holly (for now) so there is a bit of brightness.

  4. I am impressed with the kaffir lilies that refuse to die despite it all. Hope you get the snow you are after

  5. I guess the sea surrounding the UK must keep things a bit warmer, yes? No way would I have any roses in bloom in December! But I must admit that I do have pansies and violas, and probably lamium in bloom. But nothing else!

  6. Those pine-cones are particuarly fine. They would look good sprayed with a little dusting of gold paint and hung on your Christmas tree.

  7. I just love that primrose and ivy photo! Just gorgeous!

  8. Hi Kelli,your flowers are great as usual, I have seen beautiful red roses still blooming alas not in my garden!The Kaffir lillies look amazing, I will have to look out for them in the garden centres come new year.
    Wishing you and the family a very happy Christmas and New year

  9. I am really surprised that you have Kaffir lilies in bloom in this time of year. Your climate in Ireland must be influenced by the sea, because these bulbs are not hardy in the Netherlands. I had them in containers in the greenhouse where they did very well. The primrose is a little gem in December. As in your country I wonder if we get snow with Christmas, I don't think so.
    Wish you a wonderful Christmas!

  10. I'm really surprised by how much you have blooming. I didn't realize the climate in the UK was mild enough for plants to bloom during the winter. Your lilies are beauties! Primroses won't bloom here for several more months. I always look forward to seeing them.