End of year review…… A floral guide to the last 12 months. 2012


End of Year Floral Review.

This is a bit of a long blog, but I have enjoyed looking back at 12 months of photographs. So I hope you will too.

The Weather people have told us that 2012 has been the wettest year on record, well it’s certainly been one of the most difficult growing seasons I can remember.

Dull, cool, cloudy days with constant downpours have resulted in many trips out cancelled and outdoor events waterlogged.

Snowy start

Several heavy falls of snow made traveling conditions difficult and any soft of horticulture activities non-existent. A few seeds were sown here and there in the greenhouse, but hibernation was in full swing.

Early March and the first larger flowers came out Starting with the Pulmonarias and the Primula, on warmer days I saw the Early Bumblebees making use of the flowers.

Pulmonarias

Pulmonarias

Primulas

Primulas

The lawn got its first cut during March, the soil under the lawn is quite high in clay, so tends to be a bit too soft to do much on after heavy rains.

Also in March we get a drought warning for the year so I decided not to have many hanging baskets so I wont have to water so many.

April arrives and my Primulas and Helleborus flower bringing a welcome splash of colour.

Primulas in flower.

Primulas in flower.

The Helleborus are seeding everywhere, I will have to transplant some in Spring 2013.

Hellebore

Hellebore

Warmer days (for a while), and I got my seed sowing underway in my greenhouse, I also trimmed, divided and re-potted my Sarracenia collection.

Seedlings in full swing.

Seedlings in full swing

The rain and colder weather came, and I had 3 different varieties of cosmos damp off, Tomato seedlings got chilled, lettuce failed.

Plants growing away, flower seedlings comming up.

Plants growing away, flower seedlings coming up.

The reason for the colder, wetter weather… why it was Easter.
At least the Tulips, made an effort.

Easter Tulips.

Easter Tulips.

May came along and I made my first visit to the Malvern spring show, I dogged the showers and wore big boots to navigate the mud.

Testing ground conditons....

Testing ground conditions….

I really enjoyed this show, as I normally frequent the Gardeners Live World show in June, this show had plants the flower much earlier in the year, so were fairly new to me.

I spent out ‘treating’ myself to plants and seeds, and will definitely return in Spring 2013.

Many highlights of the show were…

Clematis

Clematis

Lemon tulips

Lemon tulips

Sarracenias, my favourites.

Sarracenias, my favourites.

Last one for now….

Primulas and Mecanopsis sp.

Primula and Meconopsis  sp.

Finally, my purchases from the day.

I'm fond of Hostas.

I’m fond of Hostas.

In May we had lots of wet & windy weather, I re-sowed my cosmos, but they were by now well behind in growth, my tomatoes wear practically not moving, and I had given up with lettuce.

It was the end of the month that gave us a taste of Summer.

Here are a few stars of the garden during May.

Ladybird Poppy.

Ladybird Poppy.

Aliums

Allium

Sarracenia flower

Sarracenia flower

Seeds

Seeds

And a purchase from Malvern.

Herb Paris

Herb Paris

June came in with a squelch, much to the disgust of the feline inhabitants..

Wet days

Wet days

I had sowed some wildflower seeds around my wildflower patch and around the wildlife pond, however I appear to have gained a healthy crop of Hesperus.
Although popular with the bees, the plant did take over quite a bit.

Wildlife pond

Wildlife pond

My Hosta collection

My Hosta collection

I only had a few Strawberries that ripened, the rest got too wet and rotted. I’ve dumped all the plants now, I found they were not worth all the compost, watering and feeding for only a few fruits.

Strawberries

Strawberries

aquilegia

Aquilegia

July finally arrived… mid-summer..

Summer along my fence border..

Summer along my fence border..

My top border next to the Wildlife pond.

My top border next to the Wildlife pond.

Most of my borders need a good clear out and thinning. They have got a bit over grown and I have different plants i want to plant out. 2013 will be my year to dig up, divide or remove underperforming plants.
This is the area opposite my fence border, it’s mostly full of House Sparrows, hence the feeders close-by.

Hot days.

Hot days.

My tomatoes were still not looking good, friends and family were already picking and eating theirs. mine was just looking a bit pathetic.

No Tomatos had ripened by the end of July.

No tomatoes had ripened by the end of July.

August, came along, again only with a few days of no rain.

Dahlias

Dahlias

I think August was the most colourful month I’ve had this year.

Salvia patens

Salvia patens

I managed to raise about 30 new Cosmos plants, but only had about 3 flowers out of the lot. This is one of the underwhelming ones.

Cosmos Rubenza

Cosmos Rubenza

My favourite Pansy Jolly Joker.

My favourite Pansy Jolly Joker.

Bees on Echinacia

Bees on Echinacea

September, the beginning of Autumn, which to be honest it felt like all year.

Wet

Wet

Scabious seed head,

Scabious seed head,

The weather turning has had an effect on the plants, seeds are setting, fruits are forming, things are ending.

Sweetcorn setting.

Sweetcorn setting.

Although my sweetcorn did set cobs, they were very undeveloped and tasted like water. something else not to bother with next year.

Acer leaves.

Acer leaves.

My Acer trees stated turning red in mid August, I think that’s the earliest ive ever seen that happen.

October came, with more rain.

Rudbeckia hanging on till 1st frost.

Rudbeckia hanging on till 1st frost.

One sunny Saturday i was able to get out with the camera, still no frost yet, so the Rudbeckia is still looking good.
The lawn is mostly bog now, and walking around it leaves footprints.

Sedum turning red

Sedum turning red

The Sedum Autumn Joy showing why it’s called that.

Hostas finishing

Hostas finishing

November finally came, and with it some sharp frosts.

frosty sunday 036

seed heads in the ice.

seed heads in the ice.

And finally December is here…. several torrential downpours, I cannot really get across the lawn to the greenhouse without getting muddy.
Just hoping for a more normal growing season next year.

Puddles are a daily occurance.

Puddles are a daily occurence.

Every time it rains we have slight flooding, the water table is so high the water has nowhere to go.

The Garden Today.

The Garden Today.

Well that’s a floral month by month tour of the garden, and if you lasted this long, then I Thankyou for your interest.

I have lots of seeds sown for next year, and more waiting for warmer weather, I have Dahlias on order and lots of plans for re-designing a few areas and planting more evergreen shrubs.

Tomorrow, which is new years day I will be doing a flower count in the garden as several other bloggers seem to do each year.

Thankyou again for visiting, and may I wish you all a happy and peaceful new year.

Happy Growing for 2013.

XjX

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