Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Garden moments

Although the weather is undoubtedly colder than it has been, it is still just as wet and the garden still seems to be very confused.  Just take a look at the evidence gathered yesterday.


The geraniums are gathered for shelter under a table next to the house and are still - yes that is still in January! - flowering...  Better than they were in the summer.  I know that some of you will say bring them indoors.  Well if I had space I would, but I don't!  If they live all well and good, if not, well so be it!


Miniature roses STILL flowering...  More crazy really huh!


Lobelia also STILL flowering...  Even weirder somehow.


Many pots of bulbs that are growing well and will be blooming beautifully.


In fact everything is growing like crazy with all the rain and the mild temperatures.  Including the specimen above.  I thought it was a foxglove - good - but now I am feeling suspicious of it.  Any thoughts?


The weeds are growing like mad, but it is too wet to get outside and do anything about it.  There will be lots to sort out when it dries up a little.


We have one solitary daffodil flowering - too early! - it looks lovely, and if it gets any colder I will pick it and bring it in.


These red cyclamen have been flowering well since they were planted in the autumn.  There are also wallflowers doing well and all of the little green shoots you can see below are bluebells making their presence known.




Big fat buds on the rhododendron. 


The snowdrops are appearing in force and flowering too.  I love to see them, but it seems too soon somehow.



If you can just make them out, those little white blobs in the grass are snowdrops.



There are all sorts of things out of sync.  The daylily in the photo above is far ahead of where it should be.  As you can see though, even though the temperatures - yesterday at midday - are lower than they were, it still isn't really that cold.


We are forecast cold and rain and snow, but seeing as how they forecast the worst winter for 50 years and it hasn't shown any evidence of being that terrible yet I do wonder.  The plants will all be OK and even if they flower or grow at the wrong time they will recover next year and they will grow again.  That is what is good about plants.  It is also one of the reasons that gardeners are optimistic.  We know that the plants will figure things out!

Amy

p.s. I have noticed that there has been another breakout of "you should/could/I would" comments disease recently in blogland which has been remarked upon by some of you.  The best way to deal with this is to ignore!  Just like a cold.  Ignore it and it will soon go away.  If it really troubles you mark the comment as spam and then press delete - you can select a delete forever option.  You know you are good and happy!

added 14/1/16  p.p.s. not comments here, just elsewhere in blogland!

66 comments:

  1. I feel the same way about my geraniums if they survive that is great, but I too cannot be bothered to haul them all inside.
    They keep saying that snow and heavy frosts are on the way but I have yet to see any signs of it here.

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  2. It is a foxglove,I have a couple of carnations in flower and the odd rose bud opens, lupins have put on lots of growth as well, nature is wonderful, we lost a lovely rhododendron in the wind the poor tree went over. I took lots of cuttings of geraniums last Autumn I am hoping for some window boxes :-)

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  3. Oh, Amy, there are so many beautiful plants blooming in your garden now! Your daffodil looks like a goddess of spring. :)
    Here it's flurrying now; finally we do get some snow! My rhododendrons also had big fat buds, but I don't know how they survived the cold period. I'm not very optimistic.
    Stay warm! xx

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  4. What lovely winter garden, you have inspired me to walk........no squelch round the garden with my camera
    Julie xxxxxxx

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  5. Your garden is looking gorgeous. It seems cold is on its way for a few days anyway. That will be a shock to our systems. Keep warm . Barbara X

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  6. You have a lot more happening in your garden than we have. Every little flower is a gem isn't it. It seems to be getting lighter now too. x

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  7. Lots of lovely things in your garden. I can't believe you have a Singer sewing machine stand in the garden!! We have a complete (working) Singer sewing machine in our family - it must have been my granny's and then passed down to my mother. My brother has it now. I have no idea how that happened!

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  8. I saw the forecast last night and we're - allegedly - meant to get snowed on today. I'll believe it when I see it although, to be fair, it is much colder today than it's been. The garden - and the birds - must be as confused as we are!

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  9. It's sort of scary when everything in the garden is out of sync, but it still looks fairly colourful I think your "not sure" plant is a foxglove. Do these weather people really know what is happening? We are definitely getting our hot summer with some better days thrown in as well. Take care.

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  10. The garden is full of surprises. It's just a pity that the ground is too wet to get outside and do anything. Your garden is looking lovely, plenty of treats to brighten up January.

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  11. I think you must be a few degrees higher in temperature there. Cold and windy here, but as we live at one of the highest points in the area it's not surprising. I expect we shall get snow next which will be a jolt to the system. No roses blooming here now, although they did so up until the end of December. I think that mystery plant may be a foxglove as we have some quite big ones in our garden which I photographed, but didn't include on my latest post about gardening.

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  12. Everything seems out of kilter in the garden here too, Amy. Tulips and agapanthus have started poking out - way to early! Let's hope everything sorts itself out. You're quite right – gardeners are the most optimistic (and content) people I know :-) Sam x

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  13. Lovely garden pix, Amy!
    Margaret P

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  14. Lovely garden shots Amy but I'm pretty sure your plant is a fox glove. Perhaps this odd weather has put it out of sync! xx

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  15. It is a very peculiar season in the garden. So much rain means I can't do much with the flower beds. Various things are flowering still, my geraniums too.
    I think your plant does look like a foxglove, I have several stray ones around the garden too.

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  16. It's funny to see things like geraniums flowering next to daffodils or snowdrops but as you say, Mother Nature has her own way of working these things out. Your plant does look like a foxglove.

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  17. The garden does seem to be all over the place at the moment doesn't it? That plant certainly looks like a foxglove - lucky you. xx

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  18. Great photos of the garden, but yes it's all confusing for the plants, we have daffs and buds on my magnolia!xx

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  19. For us, winter is our growing season so it's normal to see things flowering, bees buzzing and butterflies flitting; yet, I'm not seeing as much as last year. Not sure why unless the true blooming season is still in the works. Hard to know how the weather will pan out or exactly when the heat will set back in again. As for the rest of the world, places that usually get snow are seeing very little and others are getting so much rain. But Mother Nature always finds a way, year after year, despite it all. Have a wonderful afternoon. Tammy

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  20. Amy, how peculiar that we were both thinking the same I have just done a blog post on the mild weather and the garden. I haven't got a daffodil yet but there are signs of spring bulbs emerging. Hopefully Mother Nature will eventually sort it all out.

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  21. A very interesting year indeed. I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing your garden pictures this morning. They have sent me straight into daydreaming about Spring!

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  22. We have had the mildest winter too here in N.C. but it's supposed to turn really cold next week. Some of my roses still have blooms.. so weird. I think the plant is a foxglove too. I had one and it died... I think my husband accidentally sprayed it with weed killer.

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  23. this weather has been odd, and a little bit crazy. However, I am loving your blossoms and the prettiness that they hold.

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  24. Amazing to see so many early, and continued, blooms in your garden. We are in a blizzard today and everything is closed as the roads are terrible and visibility is very low. Maybe winter's blast has missed you this year....or maybe it's yet to come. :)

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  25. Wow! I love your garden right now because our garden is buried in icebergs!
    I don't know about the would/should/could comments.

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  26. Isn't it FUN to have a bit of color in the garden in JANUARY!!! LOL

    Hope the freeze doesn't hit you too hard. So far we have not had a frost in my part of Florida, but a bit north of us they went down below freezing last night. If it creeps its way down here, I'll be bringing in all the orchids.

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  27. You have a wonderful selection of flowers and plants all thinking that it is spring. We have a few but I guess your garden is a little warmer than ours. Having said that our grass looks as if it needs mowing but the garden is far too wet, it will have to wait until March:)

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  28. Nature is confuse....the same happens here too...
    Have a cosy day !
    Anna

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  29. This felt like a March or April post in the middle of January, Amy! It must feel rather strange to see those plants blooming at this time of the year. A few things are early here too, but not nearly as many as where you live. And you're right, gardeners tend to be an optimistic lot. :-)

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  30. I've been feeling strange about it too, there was a daffodil flowering on New Year's Eve where I was staying in Gloucestershire! We are predicted snow for tonight but so far the sky has just been really clear...I'm getting worried as we need the good frost to kill some of the pests and get some of the plants to go through their cycles properly. It's been a funny old year, weather-wise!

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  31. It definitely has been a funny winter, the plants don't know what to think. Hard to believe you've got geraniums and lobelias blooming.

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  32. Your Winter garden is amazing and beautiful-I have a big spot in my heartfor pink geraniums!
    xo
    Jemma

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  33. What a lovely visit, Amy! To think your garden is still so green and alive. And I'm swooning over your one daffodil. One day I'm coming to England in the Spring just to dance with the daffodils. I love your Mr. Wordsworth's delight of the daffodil.

    Wishing you a beautiful day ... thanks so much for stopping by my blog.
    Brenda
    xox

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  34. The gardens are confused. Its lovely to see but one can't help wondering when will it all go wrong and they fie because it turns too cold. The cyclamen ate beautiful.

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  35. I agree, Amy, things do seem confused. I have roses and snowdrops in flower too. However, I think the cold snap will be a good thing to kill off nasties. (I don't really like the snow and ice though, so it would be good if it didn't last too long, please, weather gods) I also agree with a couple of other commenters - it is a foxglove.

    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  36. Your garden looks lovely Amy....alot more happening than in ours at the moment, although our pots are all showing signs of life....I think your plant is probably a foxglove too but time will tell...Debbie xx

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  37. Your garden makes me feel jealous. :)

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  38. Too many things growing out of season in our garden as well. I'm hoping that they will all survive when the cold weather comes, as I am sure it must do! xx

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  39. The plants in Texas are confused as well. We had 20s last Saturday/Sunday and it will reach 70 today. Go figure!

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  40. You have so much happening in your garden, we have a few bulbs that are shooting through and Cyclamen from the Autumn planting that are still going strong xx

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  41. Oh our garden is the same. On Christmas morning, I noticed that the fuchsias has flowered again. My geraniums are next to the house and quite sheltered and so still have little pink flowers too - all very bizarre! I love the idea that they will figure it out though, as a brand new garden meddler, I was worried xxx

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  42. Oh our garden is the same. On Christmas morning, I noticed that the fuchsias has flowered again. My geraniums are next to the house and quite sheltered and so still have little pink flowers too - all very bizarre! I love the idea that they will figure it out though, as a brand new garden meddler, I was worried xxx

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  43. I would have said foxglove too. Mmmm... I wonder. My garden looks frightful actually because Bloke cut off all my climbers to put up a new trellis (instead of pruning and tying them back on!) so the garden is just one big orange trellis! Jo x

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  44. Your garden looks lovely, so neat and lots of beautiful blooms. Mine is a mess. I have cyclamens, roses and geraniums still blooming, and a tete a tete daffodil about to bloom in a neglected hanging basket! The geraniums were left to their own devices last year and survived, and they're still looking good.

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  45. It's so nice for me to see plants once again! Here in my bitter cold (right now) climate, it's just all bare branches, gray skies, and snow-covered ground. I just saw your post about your colorful scarf and oh my goodness, how I love it! The colors are so cheery.

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  46. Holy doodle Amy! Looks like mid spring at your home- it's nice to see flowers and things growing but you are so right, it's weird and not right. Although it's not too cold here we have lots of snow covering everything and I'm happy about that. My garlic and herbs are buried under4 feet of piled up and cleared off snow I hope they survive and don't rot once it starts melting.

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  47. I think your mystery plant looks like a verbascum ? x

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  48. So much going on in your garden! Ours is too shady and too wet for anything to start thinking of spring :( I suspect your mystery plant is a foxglove x

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  49. Almost looks like summer in your first photo Amy, but your winter garden is coming on well with everything just about to bloom, it's the same here.

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  50. oh i dislike un-wanted comments like that. i hope it will work out for whom/or is it who is having to deal with it. no fun. i prefer happy times. i feel if you talk positive you get positive results. ( :

    kind of like i will recall your gorgeous springy pics when i realize outdoors right now is so cold, it is just wildly cold. no snow just cold. did i mention that? see, & now i will use my positive(ity) and say i love cold. well, ok it doesn't always work. ha. ha!! but i do try. ( :

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    1. I should say not comments to or about me or my blog, just elsewhere in blogland. I hope that you don't ever get any such comments! xx

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  51. Ooh, strange goings on in the garden for the time of year. Not that I've ventured far into ours, it's just too soggy, and now there's a layer of snow.

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  52. I daren't investigate our garden. Too wet, too muddy, to grim to contemplate. Your rogue plant looks like a foxglove to me too.

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  53. OH this just feeds my soul Amy!! I've been having a bad "spring fever" week and this is just what I needed. I feel badly for the poor dears being all messed up, but I lap up their beauty like a kitten does cream...because I just need it right now!! Lol
    Blessings to you and praying that the other show doesn't drop with bad weather down the road! xoxo

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  54. And now, if the weather where you are is anything like the weather here, all those poor little flowers and buds are freezing :( Fingers crossed your lovely garden doesn't really suffer in the cold snap.

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  55. It's all topsy turvey. I spotted daffodils out in force in Berkshire in the second week of December. Most of mine are all flowering too. Even before the snow drops! My snowdrops tend to be in flower ost years but this year they are a bit slower!! It's all bonkers...

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  56. Given I shoveled a bit of snow this morning, you can well imagine that my garden looks very different from yours, Amy! I took in a couple of geranium plants for this winter, but I'll have to wait and see if they decide to bloom. I like your little roses!

    Karen

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  57. The weather is certainly topsy turvey ... I'm sure things will sort themselves out eventually! It does seem strange to see daffodils in bloom, but I think they look so cheerful! Down on the South Coast recently and we saw quite a few in full bloom ... and it's only mid January!

    Enjoy the rest of your week.

    All the best Jan

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  58. How lovely you still have blooming flowers and plants this time of year! So lovely... just cold here and everything died off... ready for Spring!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  59. The flowers look lovely I know there is colour in mine but I refuse to brave the cold to find out what. Plant definitely looks like a Foxglove at least that's what mine look like. Hope you garden keeps up all they pretty colours right into the summer.

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  60. Vert strange indeed Amy...but also beautiful!
    Enjoy your weekend...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  61. I like that "gardeners are optimistic . . " such a great outlook. Thank you for that.

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  62. ps - your garden is lovely -

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  63. Your garden looks lovely. I'm rather jealous as mine is a muddy mess thanks to the puppy. It is strange how mild the weather has been, it's not just the plants who find it confusing lol. Apparently it's going to get super cold at the weekend, wonderful!

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  64. If you can't look at snow then at least your garden is looking healthy and fun. I am not sure what all that should/would/could stuff is all about.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  65. I love all your beautiful garden plants!

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