The Teddington Gardener

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas… Hellebores, Tulips, Amaryllis, Anemones, Narcissus, Moth Orchids, Jasmine…

IMG_1309

Tulip – look out for White Triumphator, Purissima, Tres Chic, White Parrot

IMG_1328

Moth Orchids – the ubiquitous white but in a whole range of colours now

IMG_1278

Paperwhite Narcissus – early flowering and intensely fragrant

IMG_1416

Hellebore niger – the so called Christmas Rose

IMG_1419

Hellebore niger

IMG_1432

Jasmine officinale – a fragrant propeller-flowered climber

IMG_1439

Stately Amaryllis

IMG_1410

The green throat to a white Amaryllis

IMG_1379

More white tulips…

IMG_1378

White tulips

IMG_1428

Pristine white tulips, British Grown

IMG_1430

White flowers set off by grey-green leaves

IMG_1377

Tulips, White

IMG_1392

Anemone coronaria – a cool bloom amongst some intense jewel colours

IMG_1285

Tulips, with holly berries – Ilex verticillata

Plenty of choice here if you are looking to furnish your home and compliment a winter garden with white-flowering lovelies – tulips of course will be flowering outside next Spring but here is a taster of things to come. Paperwhite narcissus are properly in bloom now and fragrant they are too – next Spring look out for names such as Thalia for a multi-headed narcissus with lovely white ruff and open white cups. Amaryllis might traditionally be thought of in their bright red garb but can be just as much a Statement houseplant in this greenish-white. The Christmas Rose, Helleborus niger, offers these pristine white blooms, with prominent boss of yellow stamens, much earlier than the oriental and hybrid cousins. A useful houseplant while in bloom, in a cooler room setting, but ultimately one for the garden or an outside container.

Jasmine officinale can be at home indoors, if space allows, or in a sheltered spot outside. In the hardest of winters the top growth may be lost, but it ought to be fully root hardy and will resprout the next spring.

 

My companion at lunch, to add a festive note to the proceedings, as if any were needed!

IMG_1452

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: