Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Happy Christmas to all you garden bloggers out there and thanks for stopping by at ernie and i this year. There are still some surprising things happening in my garden on Christmas Day. An iris that didn't flower in the summer is now trying to flower - I don't think it will quite manage it but I could be wrong. My Hydrangeas still have a bit of colour - I've seen some locally that look wonderful. Today on a walk along Eastbourne seafront we marvelled at some Agapanthus in full flower. I think the hundreds of people strolling along listening to the band playing carols were fairly oblivious to this floral anomaly. Perhaps most surprising of all however is my nextdoor neighbour's show of daffodils, which have been in flower now for about two weeks. Most bizarre, and a bit of a shame really as they won't be there in Spring.

This fellow has left it a bit late...

Good old Cyclamen never disappoint

I like the faded tints on this hydrangea

This chappy is still busy on Christmas morning, taking some
Hellebore pollen back for a festive feast

My Marguerites are still flowering - despite not being deadheaded for quite a while!

My Arctotis are still going strong, that's at least 7 months of flowering!

Nextdoor's Daffs - how bizarre!

Eastbourne December 25th 2011. Agapanthus in flower.


  1. Dear Martin, I am wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2012! I am surprised that so much is still blooming in your garden in England, is that "normal" or did you have a fairly mild autumn and winter beginning? I love the daffodils in your neighbor's garden. It is a very nice variety. It is amazing that the agapanthus are blooming in Eastbourne. They don't even do that here in Southern California right now! Great pic of the bumblebee!

  2. A belated Merry Christmas to you and your family Martin! Hope you had a lovely one! :)

  3. Happy New Year Wishes to you x

  4. Beautiful flower pictures. Are all these flowers perennial?

  5. Hope you and yours had a fab Christmas.
    All the best for 2012.
    Happy New Year!

  6. Christina - same to you - see reply on your blog.
    Mark and Gaz - hope 2012 brings you much joy in the garden and in life generally.
    Happy New Year Jane and arigna gardener.
    KL - they are perennial, except for the arctotis and marguerites which are best treated as annuals but do sometimes make it through the winter, especially if placed in a greenhouse.

  7. Happy New Year and Best Wishes to you (and your garden!!) in 2012!


  8. Same to you and yours, Michael!