In the garden: December

What with low light levels, compressed daylight hours, and frantic Christmas preparations, December is usually my month off in the garden. However, I still always find time to observe and appreciate the garden, take notice of the few plants that have made a special effort to bring prettiness to a scene that is otherwise bleak, and take some photographs so that I can continue to appreciate the changes, however subtle they might be at this time of year.



What – you mean you don’t have enough jobs indoors at this time of year? Then pour yourself a mulled wine and read a book by the fire, you lucky thing!

Looking Good

The three stars of this month are: my Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, quite the prettiest and most cheerful thing and I wish I had more of them; and the smokebush Cotinus ‘Dusky Maiden’, which has turned the most incredible colours, large puce and fiery coins dangling over the side of their coppery green pot; and Hydrangea ‘Limelight’, which is leafless and bare but for several of its delicate blooms.



Every week I look anxiously for signs of bulbs pushing up, but save for some enthusiastic muscari in pots, there is no sign of anything yet.

I will leave you with my usual views (none of the back garden this month – it is in slight disarray due to the very slow terrace-building that is dragging ever on) and a couple of my pretty robin who always pops out to see what I am up to. Just photos, Mr Robin, no upturned worms for you today.



10 thoughts on “In the garden: December

  1. And cyclamen! You seem to have several, flowering nicely. But the smokebush is very impressive, I wonder if Mr Robin realises what good camouflage it would be for him. Is that a little skimmia behind him?

    1. Yes, I planted millions of cyclamen earlier this autumn. Too many, probably. I shall send you all the transplants when they start seeding around. Yes, that’s a Skimmia rubella, but destined as a gift rather than for me to keep.

  2. Your Cotinus is indeed beautiful… as is Mr Robin! There is one job you didn’t mention: blogging in the week before Christmas! Well done 😉

  3. Your hellebore has timed its flowering well – no buds on my H niger yet although there are on one of my white H orientale! Your front garden looks really tidy and ready for a new year and that cotinus is a glorious colour. I keep meaning to get some photos of our friendly robin – hope he is not camera shy! Yours is lovely 🙂

  4. All looking good, especially the Hellebores and robin, my first job after new year is to start tidying and uncovering the early spring gems waiting to emerge Have a lovely christmas.

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