It’s nearly Christmas, and most of the garden has gone to sleep. The wildflower meadow, whilst glorious in the summer, has turned to seed and trampled into the earth ready for the spring. The woods and pathways, once overgrown, have become slippery and brown and the hedgerows are mostly bare of the rich Autumnal berries. The fresh flowers in the shops seem to be flown in from countries far far away and are sold alongside dried seed heads that have been artificially enhanced with paint and glitter.
I miss being surrounded by colour, and searched for blooms that I could bring into my home that were native to this country and added some earth-spirit to the bright lights and fake Christmas tree in our living area. I also wanted to add colour to the garden, because my once-glorious flower beds were looking a bit sparse.
Through the woods and canal paths I went, scouring for a bloom or two that I could take a cutting of for my garden but I saw none. Not to be deterred, I headed to Google and found that there were several winter-flowering plants that I could buy for outdoors, to fill in the gap between the last of the summer and the emergence of the first spring bulbs.
Pansies are really easy to grow and come in lots of different colours.
Cyclamen are beautiful and scented too, and I miss the fragrance in my garden.
Viola also come in many colours but I love the purple.
Clematis cirrhosa is a climbing plant with beautiful blooms, perfect for close to a doorway.
I love Christmas Camellia ‘Yuletide’ and it fragrant and usually flowers on Christmas Day, apparently.
Iris’, I think, look so glamorous, almost too exotic to be a flower that can grow in cold old England.
The Tubergeniana has a beautiful flower and can be planted in your lawn.
Abeliophyllum is a shrub that looks to me as though it is covered on snow, when the flowers bloom. It’d be ideal for a spot on my front garden.
I think I have missed the planting window for most of these this year, but I will buy what I can and we will have some brilliant muddy-planting family activities in the first week of the Christmas holidays.
For the house? I decided, upon walking through a wood, that indeed even bare winter woodland was very beautiful, so I collected some, and made a mini-woodland for the table at home.
Written by our regular contributor Catherine.
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