The silver birch again takes on centre stage for the winter months. It’s the Betula Snow Queen as was shown in the autumn posting. 

Winter Jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum, here looking somewhat bare of flowers let alone leaves, the latter come along in abundance after flowering. Not sure why on this particular year that six plants that are ten or more years old can produce so little. In November there’s usually many flowers right the way down the east facing fence. Well, may be next year will produce more flowers and also plenty of scent. Cheerie little flower for this time of year.

Christmas Cactus Schlumbergera

Schlumbergera have a varied of names as well as cultivars. I’ve read quite a lot about them recently and that has lead me to some interesting facts of which I’ll not bore you all too much here but there’s the article on Wikipedia.


Hellebores have to be one of the earliest flowering plants, often seen at Christmas and in the shops for indoor flowering too . Hellebores have a rosette like flower which hang downwards for the most part. There are many varieties available which I would buy more but, there’s only so much room, I’ve remained growing the same lot of hellebores for years, all of which are common all garden varieties. So, I’ve yet to try any named varieties, yet. It is a striking sometimes to see in the middle of winter in bloom though, you may have to bend down to cup the flowers to look them. Okay I’m not selling this plant too well, but its something to have a go with. They seed readily, there can be many plants to be produced but do not grow true to the parent plant. On the other hand sometimes you can get a unique plant that’s just ticket.

Variegated Ivy

This variegated Ivy has been growing over and down a chimney pot for about fifteen years. It only gets to be missing from site if there’s some heavy snow. It’s one of those very hardy plants that gives and gives with its showing light yellow fringed green centred leaves with hardly any attention. The ivy does hide one plant, that won’t show itself properly until the spring. It’s another variegated leaved plant called Aubrietia. We’ll see this in the spring for next year’s bulletins.
So this Ivy is a welcome site to winter and lights up a small area of the garden sited at the corner of the greenhouse.

Winter scene

One of many Winter scenes. This one is looking over part of the golf course at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. Here in this scene are many trees, some mature and some not so mature. Frosted by what was a severe frost overnight.

So I’ll end the year here, mainly because there’s little else to do in the garden while we have continuation of rain and cold spells. The summer was warm and the autumn into winter wet and cold, so the ground is soggy like that of many others around the country.

I’ve a mountain of other projects to deal with over the winter. I will venture into the garden soon just to see what’s going on and make sure there’s no urgent repairs needed before the spring. Before I know it will be early spring. In fact, we’ve not long to go before we see the days lengthen giving us more light to view the early signs of spring. Hopefully, I’ll keep up the weekly Saturday items as seen in this blog recently. I’ll endeavour to keep the blog as current with things as the days and weeks pass.