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I’ve been trying to sort out my old photos on my computer, and as you can imagine there are more photos of plants than of anything else,
so I thought it might be nice to choose one plant for each month of the year and put them in a blog, as if they were chosen for a calendar.

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In JANUARY I always get these flowering heathers in white and mauve. They are very pretty and a sign that spring is on the way.

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My favourite winter bulbs are Crocuses. They are very colourful and can cheer up a cold FEBRUARY day.

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MARCH brings out the Primroses, and I like the wild ones best. I have them coming up in various places around the garden :)

The ones in the second photo are thrum eyed ones.

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In APRIL Prunus triloba puts on a colourful show of small frothy pink blossoms … It is one of my favourite spring flowering shrubs.

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A very pretty creeping plant is the
Omphalodes capadocica ‘Starry Eyes’ and it flowers every MAY :-

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In JUNE there are always lots of light mauve panicles on Campanula lactiflora ‘Pritchards Variety’ :-

I love that colour :)

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More panicles for JULY but this time stripy pink and white flowers of Phlox maculata ‘Natascha’ looking very summery …

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This lovely blue Hibiscus was my dad’s and I brought it here from their garden before selling the house.
It is full of flowers every AUGUST :-

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In SEPTEMBER my Clematis ‘Venosa Violacea’ gives a lovely show, and here it is on an old rose arch that has since fallen down …

But the Clematis is still there and now growing on a trellis :)

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OCTOBER sees the flowering of another Clematis, a dainty little one called ‘Kaiu’.
I bought it for £1 in a cheap shop many years ago and it gives a profusion of small cream flowers every autumn :-

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I love Fuchsias, and Fuchsias love the autumn.
The following variety called ‘General Monk’ is hardy and puts on a lovely show right up until the first frost in NOVEMBER every year …

Please excuse the upside-down washing up bowl in the first Fuchsia photo :(

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In DECEMBER the sunny flowers of Jasminum nudiflorum growing on the front wall of the house, brighten up the dark days …

However, this autumn the trellis on which it grows has fallen off the wall and flattened everything in front of it ! :D so I can’t see the flowers until I put it back.
It’s going to be such a job putting it back though, and will, I’m afraid, have to wait until the spring …

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my monthly choice of flowers …
Actually I could have chosen more than one for every month, especially the spring and summer months, and it was difficult to leave some lovely plants out.

I wonder which plants you would have chosen ? :)

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Such a lovely idea for a blog, Hywel. I’m definitely with you on the colour of Campanula Pritchard variety - just perfect 🙂. Added to favourites! Thanks for cheering me up 🙂 .

9 Dec, 2019

 

what a lovely personal calendar that is Hywel.

Some would also be on my 'calendar too, especially cyclamen, clematis and crocus.
I'd have to include snowdrops and lily of the valley too.

9 Dec, 2019

 

Lovely Hywel, your hibiscus is stunning.
I agree the wild primula is my favourite primula.

9 Dec, 2019

 

HyweL this blog was such a pleasure! I wish it was an
actual calendar - I would buy it like a shot!

9 Dec, 2019

 

I do envy your dad's Hibiscus,Hywel...
have tried a few times to grow one but eventually lost them.

10 Dec, 2019

 

Meadow, me too. I've had one years and it never flowered but this year it had buds, very late in autumn, they didn't come to anything as they got frosted, I have two smaller plants so I hope in time they'll all flower.
What aspect is yours enjoying Hywel.

10 Dec, 2019

 

What a fab calendar. Love all the pics, especially the close up of your Hibiscus. I never noticed the plastic bowl,until you pointed it out, I was too busy looking at the Fuchsia!

10 Dec, 2019

 

Thank you all, I am pleased you like my choice of plants, although it was difficult to choose just one for each month …

Re the Hibiscus - when it was in my dad's garden it was planted in the open at the edge of a lawn. It never grew very much and only produced a few flowers.
Up here I have planted it at the side of a fence and it has probably made the most of that because it is about 6 feet tall and 5 ft wide. I'll have to cut it back a bit next year.
Maybe the shelter of the fence is helping it flower so well too.

10 Dec, 2019

 

Love your selection of plants. It is hard to choose my favourite photo. My husband makes our calendar monthly using my paintings.

10 Dec, 2019

 

Wow Hywel, it is huge!! If must be outstanding! I moved mine a couple of years ago, it's now near a fence so fingers crossed :-)

10 Dec, 2019

 

Hywel, this makes a really beautiful calendar and the photos you have chosen for each month are lovely. The campanula is the prettiest of colours and I love the crocuses and primroses, two of my favourites at a favourite time of year.
Thank you.

10 Dec, 2019

 

Choosing a favorite is difficult, but the phlox steals the show for me. That was the name of my first girl friend - Natascha! I think I was 8.

10 Dec, 2019

 

Thank you all for your comments about my blog :)

Good luck with your Hibiscus Dawn !

You have a good memory Bathgate :D

11 Dec, 2019

 

Lovely idea Hywel. I love your Jasmine display.

11 Dec, 2019

 

A great monthly blog, Hywel! you have made a great calendar there! I love all the flowers you have chosen for it as well!

our computers must be very alike then as I have 1,000s of photos over many years. I like to reorganize mine into folders with their own names & years so I can look back at what I had flowering on the balcony, or in the flat, & compare dates & what was flowering when!

In fact did you know that this week last year we had snow? I'd forgotten till I saw some of last years photos of early December!

11 Dec, 2019

 

Thank you both :)

That's what I hope to do with my photos also Balcony but it's going to take ages to go through them all. I will have to try and do them when they are new.
We didn't get any snow here last winter, except on top of the highest mountains. I don't remember any significant snow here for several years and I hope never again. I hate the stuff, it's so depressing.

11 Dec, 2019

 

I organise my photos into their type. general folder ie bulbs the one for each genus I grow eg narcissus then sub folders for each one eg Jetfire. Am I a bit too strange do you think? No don't answer that haha.

12 Dec, 2019

 

That's how I want to do it Seaburngirl. I think it's because of the classification system I learnt when I did my A levels in Botany and Zoology many years ago.
I should have started doing it years ago. It's a marathon job now. I have lots I can delete as well.
You are not strange at all. It's common sense to me.

12 Dec, 2019

 

All lovely pics Hywel but my favourite is the October Clematis 'Kaiu'. That's a beauty!

13 Dec, 2019

 

Thank you :)

13 Dec, 2019

 

You have a knack of taking some good pictures, lovely to see these whilst we are in this dank doomy gloomy weather.

13 Dec, 2019

 

Thank you. I tend to take lots of pictures and show the best ones :) Many get deleted ...

14 Dec, 2019

 

What lovely photos on your 'calendar', so vibrant, and the plants so floriferous. Like that little Clematis Kalu.

14 Dec, 2019

 

Thank you, the flowers of Kaiu are very dainty but sometimes the plant gets a bit out of control :)

15 Dec, 2019

 

A great blog Hywel, with fabulous photos, thank you so much for sharing it with us. It is impossible to decide which of these plants is my favourite but I shall be looking for Omphalodes capadocica ‘Starry Eyes’ to add to my garden, what a delightful plant! I hope it will tolerate our chalky clay soil, according to the RHS website it should! Take heart, you are not alone, my winter jasmine isn't doing well either this year; I think it would like next door's overhanging variegated holly to be cut back to give it more light, maybe this week ;-) I am hoping my winter heathers look as good as yours in the next few weeks too, as you say they are so pretty!

15 Dec, 2019

 

Xela I could send you a root of the Omphalodes if you like. I am going to thin it out in the spring before it flowers.
Thanks for your comment.

15 Dec, 2019

 

Hywel, this is a lovely idea you’ve come up with! Beautiful pictures of your garden flowers too! The clematis Kaiu is a beauty!

15 Dec, 2019

 

Thank you Kate :)

16 Dec, 2019

 

Aww thank you Hywel, what a kind offer, I would love to have a root of yours growing in my garden. It will have pride of place in my new bed when it is revamped in the Spring, where I can watch over it from the lounge window too. :-)

22 Dec, 2019

 

I will send it in the spring, I'll let you know when it is on the way.

22 Dec, 2019

 

I missed this lovely blog, smashing selection Hywel....great idea..

19 Jan, 2020

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