Wednesday, 23 December 2015

A Cardiff Garden In December

I started the series of "A Cardiff Garden In...." as a record of my garden through the seasons. Bright and summery. Colourful autumn days. Cold, frosty winter days.

This year it has rained. It rained all spring, summer, autumn and now winter. In fact it has been raining here almost every day for the last 4 weeks. So instead of beautiful pictures of frost I have mud and puddles.

Cardiff is often wetter and warmer than the east of the UK and being in a city it's also about a degree warmer but it is still very mild for us. Today, a rare day with some sunshine, it was 14C in the garden, and felt a lot warmer in the sun, very warm for December. It has been so mild the plants are confused and think it's spring so they are putting out new shoots and flowering. This means when (if?) the cold weather and frosts hit us in January and February they will get frosted and die.

But if we look closer we will see the true beginnings of spring, the daffodils are breaking through and the cyclamen is about to flower.

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Parts are very summery still- the Aubretia is still in full bloom



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Camellia 

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Another about to open


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Forget-me-not thinking it's spring


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Fuschia 

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Pelargonium 

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New shoots on the Clematis.....


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...... the Abelia

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....... the Rose

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and new leaves on the Passion flower


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So much rain, everything is full of water....

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......even the glass that I use as a candle holder

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So wet we have toadstools and lots of moss

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Beautiful red Cotoneaster leaves

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All the leaves from the Oak have now gone

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Buds on the Magnolia against a perfectly clear blue sky

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The Cyclamen just pushing up it's first flower bud

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Daffodils just pushing through the soil

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The Bay Tree looking festive in the porch

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Our potted Christmas tree looking pretty on the decking


Merry Christmas
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