Chinese Lantern

It’s feeling an odd kind of week. I have made the decision to go back to work as a Dispensing Optician and start next Monday. I have had a wonderful time pursuing my floristry dreams, but decided the time is not right to make floral design my career. I even spent some time over the Summer gardening for other people. It was a joy to bring an elderly client’s garden back to life as she had lived in the same house for way  over 50 years. Today I have a streaming cold and was feeling quite morose spending the morning moping about on the sofa reading a book.

After lunch I looked out of the window and spotted a purple Anemone flower which shouldn’t have been in bloom in December. It was in bloom last year in April! That was the inspiration I needed. Armed with my camera I went to photograph this magenta beauty and then one thing led to another….

Anemone

An hour later I had found some wonderful treasures hidden amongst the fallen leaves, which still of course needed tidying. Usually I see primroses and violets in March not December!

Primrose
Primrose
Primrose

Violet
The strawberry plants are rather confused too as they are flowering. Maybe we will have strawberries for Valentines day!

Strawberry Flower

My hellebores are doing well which is to be expected. Now I need to look up a previous Blog Post and try to remember the names!

Hellebore

Hellebore
Hellebore
Hellebore
Hellebore
Hellebore
Wallflower
Wallflower

I bought this plant as an unknown cutting from the Oxford Botanic Garden a couple of years ago. It’s grown into quite a large bush which is in full flower at the moment with pea like yellow flowers. I still haven’t a clue what it is!

Blooming Bargain

I know Physalis alkekengi (Chinese lanterns) can take over. However I love the seedhead skeletons. They look like Christmas baubles to me.

Chinese Lantern

Chinese Lantern

Chinese Lantern

 

After an enjoyable hour with my camera I then gathered up some of the fallen leaves and debris which was in the way. I came in still suffering from my cold, but felt much more lively and refreshed from a bit of fresh air discovering my hidden garden treasures. I am looking forward to my new job. I am also looking forward to pottering in my garden again next year with no pressure, just for my own enjoyment. I hope you have enjoyed seeing this month’s hidden treasures in our garden too.

2 Comments

2 Comments on December Treasures

  1. Ioana
    26th February 2016 at 10:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Very nice and interesting, congrats for your work.

    Reply
    • Patsy Smiles
      28th February 2016 at 9:54 am (3 years ago)

      Really pleased you enjoyed looking at my garden flower pictures Ioana.

      Reply

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