I am glad the world did not end at the end of last year. The French took it all in their stride, but various individuals descended on a tiny village in the Pyrenees to await the planet’s final days, convinced there were aliens hiding under the mountain and hoping to hitch a ride out of the impending disaster. Apparently the Mayans, or perhaps the Aztecs, said so. No-one could pretend the health of the planet is in good shape these days but that particular hiccup seems to have passed us by safely; my wife’s birthday, Christmas and New Year were all celebrated by our household without difficulty.
In the meantime, I have had several requests for the results of my Christmas garden flowers survey so here is the small list of flowers from our garden in Central France:
- Jasminium nudiflorum
- Wallflowers (in several colours)
- Hebe Great Orme
- Pansies (mixed colours)
- Erica carnea Springwood White
- Calendulas (self-seeded in the gravel)
- Mahonia media Charity
- Viburnum tinus
- Helleborus nigra
- Helleborus foetidus
You might like to compare this list to last years, when we had 31 plants in flower following a period of very mild weather: http://gardendesigncompany.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/in-flower-this-christmas/
Immediately after Christmas I had business in southern Spain, where it was a very different story. Gardens and street planting featured many flowering plants, most of which would be treated as houseplants in this part of the world.