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I don’t know about you – but I haven’t seen that big yellow orb in the sky for some time – so here are some ‘sunny’ flowers to look at, instead of that ‘white stuff’.

Well – I had to start with a sunflower, didn’t I! This is Helianthus x laetiflorus, and I’m afraid that it’s a bit of a thug.

Now I’ll post them ‘in no particular order’ to coin a phrase!

Winter Jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum is in flower now. It seems to shrug off the winter.

A tall yellow Cactus Dahlia – they’ve finished now, and got blackened by the frost.

Rosa ‘Mountbatten’ – this is a repeat flowering rose. It doesn’t have much of a scent, but I love the colour.

Anthemis tinctoria ‘E.C. Buxton’ – one of the good ‘do-ers’ of the flower garden. It still has some bedraggled flowers on it now – and it started to flower in June!

Aquilegia chrysantha. I love the shape of this flower.

Patrinia scabiosifolia – not widely grown, I suspect. It likes a sunny spot.

Inula hookeri. This will take part shade, but flowers better in the sun.

Hypericum cerastioides – very sunny flowers!

Sisyrinchium striatum – this seeds itself, but the seedlings are easily removed. It’s the largest form of this plant.

Erysimum ’Walberton’s Gold’. Another plant with an extra-long flowering period.

Spartium junceum – or Spanish Broom. I have to cut all the flowering stems back by a half each year, but it’s worth it to see the lovely flowers, and keep the shrub from getting woody.

This is one of the Coreopsis which I’m afraid has to be treated as an annual, but I still think they’re worth growing!

One of our native plants – Iris pseudacorus – or ‘Flag Iris’, which enjoys growing with its roots in water.

Calendula – a really sunny Marigold – just looking at its face makes me smile. These are so easy to grow from seed, and they also often seed themselves.

I really enjoy growing Gazanias as I never know what colours I’ll get from a packet of seeds. Pink, stripy, orange, cream – and yellow.

This Hamamelis will be one of the next plants to come into bloom, I hope! It usually flowers in early February – a real treat.

Here’s a promise of spring – Can’t wait, can you?

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Thanks for giving us some sunshine :o)
We've had a very sunny day with clear blue skies here today, but it's been very cold. I'd rather have it cloudy and mild lol.
But your flowers made me feel WARM ! :o))

28 Nov, 2010

 

well my grey skies with a hint of pink have dumped loads of snow so these lovely photos certainly cheered me up no end. thankyou :o)

28 Nov, 2010

 

Some lovely sunny flowers here Spritzhenry one of my favourite yellow's is Welsh Poppies.

28 Nov, 2010

 

The sun shone here today and made the snow glisten but so chilly still, lovely to see so many bright yellow flowers :o)

29 Nov, 2010

 

Thank you, Spritz for a lovely blog full of beautiful yellow colour :) It really lifted my spirits to see all these pretty flowers....and there is something about yellow...so cheerful!

29 Nov, 2010

 

What a lot of lovely sunny flowers Spritz. I love your 'Mountbatten' rose....I don't have this one but I always admire it whenever I see it.
The Anthemis is pretty. Is that one a perennial?
I planted Inula orientalis this year. It hasn't flowered yet but I'm looking forward to it next year.
I've been looking for Sisyrinchium striata over here but no one seems to have it.
I totally agree with you about the Calendula. It is one of my favourite flowers. They never fail to make me smile. :o)
I planted a poor little Hamamelis jelena with past summer. It was a rescue tree from work that was going to be thrown out. The winter had killed back the top so it is only about 18" tall right now and the main leader is gone. I hope it decides it likes it where I planted it and grows. I did look yesterday and I do believe it has some flower buds on it!!

29 Nov, 2010

 

You're all very welcome - I just wanted to lift the wintry gloom a bit!

Yes, Gilli - the Anthemis is a good hardy plant. I have another one called 'Sauce Hollandaise' which has creamier petals.

I do hope your Hamamelis thrives - I know 'Jelena' and she's a beauty!

Mavis, I can't grow those poppies - I think they prefer a more acid soil. :-(

29 Nov, 2010

 

Lovely cheery photos Spritz :-))

29 Nov, 2010

 

Now this is just the tonic we need on such a cold day! The Aquilegia is a pretty one, my favourite flowers. Thanks for sharing these bright and cheery photos. : o ))

29 Nov, 2010

 

Can't agree more Shirley! All beauties. I have a particular fondness for Inula...the lovely shaggy daisies. What a treat! Thaks B!!

29 Nov, 2010

 

Thankyou Spritz for cheering us up with your lovely pics! Very cold and icy here in Cardiff - never mind, just have to put up with it. At least its sunny! :)

29 Nov, 2010

 

Who needs sunshine with all those lovely sunny flowers to look at;0)

29 Nov, 2010

 

Me! I do! ;))

29 Nov, 2010

 

Barbara thanks for the lovely photos, although we have plenty of sunshine here its still cold with all the frost.

29 Nov, 2010

 

most certainly carnt wait . hate the cold ............ just dont want to do anything lol. fleezy jamies and cosy toes are the order of the day and nite lol. gawguss flowers , heres to spring .;o)))))

29 Nov, 2010

 

I'm the same Cristina. I've hardly got anything done today. Too busy watching the weather and feeling fed up! I think I shall have to get back into my book...reading usually takes my mind off the weather!

29 Nov, 2010

 

well one thing for sure, all those beautiful photos certainly cheered me up, so much nice than looking at snow. thanks Spritz.

29 Nov, 2010

 

I'm so pleased you enjoyed looking at them. Time seems to be passing slowly, with not being able to do anything outside, doesn't it!

29 Nov, 2010

 

apart from watching my Oh clear snow away Spritz, as you say we can't do anything outside, minus 2 here at the moment, not gardening weather.

29 Nov, 2010

 

Not at all - I wrapped up and went to look at my greenhouse - I was horrified to find that the water in the can inside was frozen! I had to turn the thermostat up. OH won't be pleased at the bills, will he?

My poor plants - I've got all the vulnerable ones wrapped up in fleece, but I think we'll all lose some (again!). Sob, sob!

29 Nov, 2010

 

we left some begonias in a basket thought they would be sheltered, OH went to take them out and they are frozen solid, so we have lost them, glad we got the rest in a couple of weeks ago, don't know about you Spritz but heating is on all day, Oh that gas bill, don't even want to think about it,

29 Nov, 2010

 

Yes, our heating is on all day now, (oil) plus I've been lighting the logburner... sorry about the begonias. Anything tender left out will be a goner, I'm afraid. :-(

29 Nov, 2010

 

nice to see all your yellow flowers..... the gardens look so bleak this time of year dont they........

29 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks so much for putting up all those lovely yellow flowers! :-)) They're a real treat & make us realise that summer is "only" 8 (!) months away!!! :-D LOL!

The great yellow orb in the sky has been blazing down on us all day today but the cold is terrible! Even the plants in the corner of my balcony inside the big plastic bag are suffering today! I hope my Fuchsia standards in there come through this winter. They managed to survive last winter & are in exactly the same place they have spent every other winter. It would be a shame to lose them after all these years! :-(

29 Nov, 2010

 

thanks for the great pics B,i am all cheered up now. :o))

29 Nov, 2010

 

just lovely ~ you get a 10 from me ~ perfection!

29 Nov, 2010

amy
Amy
 

When we see lovely photos like this it makes us realise how much we take it for granted that we are lucky enough to be able to see them in bloom , however could you describe each and every different one to somebody who couldn't see ? Thank-you for reminding me that I should have pruned my Broom Barbara ... sob !

29 Nov, 2010

 

Oh dear - you're not supposed to cry! I wanted to cheer you up!

Balcony - I'm afraid we're all keeping our fingers crossed for a lot of (possibly) vulnerable plants...good luck!

Thanks, all. :-))

29 Nov, 2010

 

Oh Barbara, just what the doctor ordered. It's freezing here today and the snow hasn't stopped since late yesterday evening.
My whole world has gone white. :~(

30 Nov, 2010

 

Haven't you seen Hywel's "Fiery" blog yet? Full of reds & oranges! Says he was inspired by this blog!

30 Nov, 2010

 

I'll go and see, Balcony - thanks.

Poor Ian - I'm glad you had some 'yellow' in your life! :-)

30 Nov, 2010

 

Well, you certainly have a lot of yellow flowers.

Very nice and warm.

30 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks, Alex - I hadn't realised how many yellow flowers I actually grow until I started writing this blog!

30 Nov, 2010

 

We've also seen the big yellow orb, no snow where I am, but in other parts of Cornwall there is, the ground is frozen rock hard though.
Lovely pics Spritz.

2 Dec, 2010

 

Thanks, Pam. I've heard from a friend in Cornwall that she is snowed in. I think you're lucky! (We are, too...)

2 Dec, 2010

 

Fantastic pictures, makes me think of summer!

2 Dec, 2010

 

Thank you, Red aly - I hoped they would. :-)

2 Dec, 2010

 

You sure have a lot of yellow flowers in your garden, great pics, just the blog to cheer.

5 Dec, 2010

 

Not all at the same time, Dd.....lol.

Thanks - I'm glad you enjoyed it. :-))))

5 Dec, 2010

 

Your welcome my friend....

5 Dec, 2010

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