Nasturtiums and winter jasmine – surely not.

The garden is happy but perhaps confused. I wanted to bring in some flowers the other day and found this charming combination of nasturtiums and winter jasmine. I also found some late blooms on the centaurea and and yet the hydrangeas have their autumn seed heads.


We still have cistus in bloom and below them autumn crocus are merrily flowering.DSCN6718DSCN6729

Then we have the winter iris stylosa – I usually start looking for a few flowers on this in mid-December and sometimes find blooms for the Christmas table and then throughout January and February. They are already blooming in three separate sites in the garden.


And late blooms have appeared on the  summer-flowering non-clinging clematis Durandii.


A few feet away a primrose is feeling the air, while between these two Rosa Papa Meilland is throwing up yet another bloom.

DSCN6726DSCN6688Raspberries are still fruiting – they are autumn raspberries, but they are usually long gone before November. DSCN6737 This is looking like autumn. DSCN6656DSCN6710…but what are the runner beans doing flowering at this time of year, and why can I hear the buzz of lawn mowers even as I write? And how come we had lunch in the garden in the UK on November 1st?

At least my general failure in the greenhouse has been redeemed by the late hot spell, and my magnificent sweet pepper is finally turning red. DSCN6751

17 thoughts on “Nasturtiums and winter jasmine – surely not.

  1. CC, Hilary – the answer to all queries re weather. Climate change.
    You didn’t mention your cyclamens; but I suppose that’s because you expect them at this time of year ?
    Your garden is obviously a source of constant joy; and it’s easy to see why !

  2. That bell pepper does look good. Peggy was working on growing some green ones but they never wanted to cooperate. I pulled off the one small one we had for a salad the other night, and oh was it bitter. 🙂 We are still harvesting great tomatoes, however. Fall is having a hard time making up its mind here as well, but our mountains are showing their first snow of the year. –Curt

    • I think it’s your weather we are receiving, we speak to our daughter in Chicago and she tells us what to expect next… and it comes. Envy you tomatoes. We nearly ate this pepper green, but I prefer them red because of the bitterness, though you have to wait weeks.

      • Ah, maybe I tried the pepper before its time. I think it was supposed to be green, however. And the frost was coming. As for the jet stream, it goes where it will but it has its patterns. 🙂 –Curt

  3. It’s a glorious autumn here in central Virginia. The odd thing I’ve noticed in my garden, however, is that one half of a forsythia bush is turning red and the other has started blooming the typical bright yellow flower. The poor thing is confused, but what can you do?

  4. Hilary, your green thumb and knack for yard design is superific. I find it amazing how everything just seems to GROW in your garden! Your photos are wonderful, too! Very nice balance in the hydrangeas photo!

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