Newly in flower since last month is a quintet of plants that rarely disappoint at this time of year. Jasminium nudiflorum, the yellow flowered Winter jasmine offers bright colour just as everything else seems to fade. Last year it flowered early. This year it's back to a more normal sequence, beginning at the start of November. It's a lax shrub, usually grown against a wall and tied into a support - the way I grow it - but it can also be used as a low, ground covering scrambler. I still remember a visit to the old cliff gardens in Torquay one winter's day in the early 80's when this plant spread a yellow carpet across and down large areas of the garden.
A true climber, Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles' can flower intermittently for most of the year but really starts to get into its stride as the days shorten. I've mentioned this one before, hardly surprisingly as it does have such a long period, but its worth noting that its the only Clematis that I have no difficulty with. I've grown a fair few over the years and they've all succumbed. It may be my acid soil or, more likely, my rapacious gastropods but they do not prosper here.
|Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles'|
Fatsia japonica I grow as a large leaved, exotic looking shrub, not for its flowers. But you can't miss them in November. Pompom heads of pure white flowers that open to provide an abundant nectar source at a time of year when little else is in flower. Even though the weather is getting colder there are still flies, hoverflies and even the odd red admiral butterfly on the wing during the warmer days and this - and the closely related ivy - provide sustenance.
|Fatsia japonica flower heads|
|Rosemary in flower|
As always, my thanks to May Dreams Gardens for hosting the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day meme. Head over there to see what's flowering in many more gardens round the world.