Camellia update

The buds on my camellia are bursting open.

26 flowers at the last count and plenty of buds remaining.

I shall not bother wrapping the plant in fleece for the winter ever again.

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Six months of special flowers


Today, a round up of monthly special flowers.


Which flower do you like best for December?

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January’s special flower

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A Room with a View of Violets in February

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I wandered lonely as a cloud in March!

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April’s Special Flower

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And for this month of May: another lovely lily of the valley image.

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Like a garden full of weeds


Today it’s Weed Appreciation Day.
No-one seems to know who started this special day to celebrate weeds.
However, it’s not meant to be a day to promote the virtues of marijuana although some people have taken it up for that purpose.
In 2017 I wrote a blogpost on my Cabbage and Semolina Blog about weeds but that was a couple of weeks before #WeedAppreciationDay.
So, I thought the post could have another outing this year and contribute to the 2018 Weed Appreciation Day celebrations!

January’s special flower


January’s special flower is

the beautiful carnation.

I love carnations

and think they always look great

even when they’re just shoved into a vase.

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I don’t have any preference for colour.





Whatever their colour carnations are delightful.

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And carnations always work so well as part of an arrangement.

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Carnations have been very popular for decades as seen in these two great film clips from Pathe News.

Growing carnations in 1939

and in 1966.

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Which flower do you like best for December?

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According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac founded in 1792

in the USA the special flower for the month of December is either holly or the narcissus.

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The Interflora website for UK

identifies holly as the December floral treat in the UK.

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But Battle House of Flowers

shows the poinsettia as December’s special bloom.

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While Flower Press

sticks with the narcissus for the UK too.

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I think they’re all beautiful flowers

but for Christmas I usually buy a poinsettia from the garden centre and pick a few sprigs of holly out of the garden to stick around the picture frames.

How about you? Any preferences?

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Camellia Day update

Back in May, just five days before my health problems commenced, I promised an update after unwrapping my potted camellia from its winter fleece.

Now I’ve returned to 3sixtyfiveblog, here’s the update!

Absolutely disappointing.

Not a single further bloom appeared.

I downloaded the photo on this post from Pixabay but my own plant was virtually bare.

In autumn last year it took me ages to wrap the plant in its winter fleece. Not helped by trying to cocoon it on a rather breezy day! I used a whole bag of washing line pegs to keep the fleece in place plus half a ball of garden string. And some very expensive fleece from the local garden centre.

All to no avail!

Needless to say, it won’t be happening this year. The plant can take its chances with the rest of our shrubs, bushes and pot plants. Since I’ve been having chemotherapy, I’ve had to pass all gardening jobs over to my husband, Michael. He says the best part of gardening is when you’ve finished! He’s handy with the strimmer and doesn’t really differentiate between the plants that are supposed to be in the garden and those that are unwelcome. Several of last year’s perennials have gone the same way as the entwining bindweed, burgeoning buttercups and stinging nettles which took over much of the garden when neither of us had any interest in it. I’m happy to have wild flowers in the garden but not when the most robust dominate and take over. We had a fine crop of four foot high thistles this summer which were starkly dramatic but challenging to remove.

I doubt that we’ll see any flowers on the camellia next year. The buds seem to be so susceptible to frost damage but who knows? I hope I’ll be able to let you know!

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How will climate change affect your garden?

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Although I’ve read a great deal about climate change

and worry about it a lot,

I’ve never given any particular thought as to how climate change will affect our garden.

I live in a chalky area where the soil drains quickly even after the heaviest of downpours. I haven’t planted anything very delicate apart from my potted camellia. I’m just as happy for wild flowers to live in our little space  alongside anything we’ve planted there.

But a few days ago I read an article which raised the question for me.

Climate change could transform gardens says BBC Science editor, David Shukman.

Shukman reports on 90 year old Jean Combes. She’s been keeping records of the dates when certain trees in her locality come into bud. She’s recorded this for over fifty years and she’s found that the trees at her Surrey home burst into leaf about three weeks earlier than they did in 1960.

The city of Northampton, Shukman explains,

is right on the divide between two distinct climate zones. Residents of the north of the city find that their lawns don’t need cutting as frequently as those who live in the south of Northampton. It’s been like this for decades but now the more northerly residents are finding they need to cut the grass much more in early Spring and late Autumn.

In some areas excess rain is causing huge problems for gardeners

while in other areas reduced water is creating just as many difficulties. Increasingly violent, stormy weather can be devastating and an excess of strong winds is highly problematic.

The director of the Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate, Paul Cook,

told Shukman that it was more and more important to keep watch on the highly changeable weather conditions. “My biggest worry,” says Cook, “is that these major weather events do such a huge amount of damage to the garden.” However, he’s not completely pessimistic believing that there could be opportunities to grow a wider range of plants.

We’re not planning any great changes in our garden this year.

A neighbour has recently removed a giant double Leylandii which has transformed the garden by letting in so much more light. I just want to observe the effect this has on everything that’s already growing in our garden.

So far the greatest beneficiaries of the increased light levels are the dandelions which are in profusion at the moment. The lilac tree is more heavily laden with flowers than ever before, presumably because it’s now in direct sunshine instead of the Leylandii shade. It will be interesting to see what else grows stronger or proliferates as we move into summer.

Actually, we were delighted when the Leylandii was removed.

In high winds it lashed from side to side and we were anxious about our fate if one night we were sleeping and an extra gust of wind brought it down on top of the roof. But once we’ve become accustomed to the increased light levels, we’ll have to start thinking about what we need to do to cope with climate change in our garden too.

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