A Flower Calendar.

A retrospective calendar at this stage, of course, but after a look back over photographs I had taken in the garden over the last year I selected one from each month:

1 Galanthus 'Freshford Sally St. George' (2)
JANUARY:  An as yet unnamed snowdrop which arose in the garden of Sally St. George in Freshford, Co. Kilkenny. It is dainty, pretty and beautifully marked. A very generous gift from Sally which I hope thrives and increases well. 
2 Narcissus pseudonarcissua 'M. W. Brown' (4)
FEBRUARY: An especially beautiful daffodil found and introduced by Mark Brown who lives in Normandy, France, Narcissus pseudonarcissus ‘M. W. Brown’. A very kind and greatly appreciated gift from Mark. 
3 Arum creticum
MARCH:  Arum creticum – obviously, from its name, a native of Crete and a relative to our native Lords and Ladies.  Especially cold winters can set it back here in our garden but it is worth persisting in hope for such an elegant beauty.
4 Trillium chloropetalum 'Bob Gordon' (1)
APRIL: Trillium chloropetalum ‘Bob Gordon’. Bob is one the most wonderful and generous gentlemen of Irish gardening and grows trilliums wonderfully in his garden. This is a seedling which he gave to Billy More and which Billy named for him. It is a spectacularly beautiful plant with an excellent strong and clear yellow flower and is strong growing as well! 
5 Pinguicula grandflora
MAY: Pinguicula grandiflora, The Greater Butterwort, is a native plant and came to me as a rescue plant from a friend’s garden where it was about to become the victim of building works. It is a carnivorous plant – the sticky foliage attracts small insects which are then absorbed into the plant. I grow it in a pot of very poor soil, mainly grit, which is standing in the edge of a pond to keep it moist at all time. 
Iris chrysographes 'Thomas O'Brien'
JUNE: Iris chrysographes ‘Thomas O’Brien’ is a particularly strong-growing and tall form of Iris chrysographes -an iris noted for the gold markings on the falls. It was introduced by Seamus O’Brien – of the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, from his travels in China and named in memory of his brother. It was a good choice as it is an outstanding plant.
7 Epipactis 'Sabine' (2)
JULY: Epipactis ‘Sabine’ is a cross between our native Epipactis palustris, the Marsh Helleborine, and a related American species, Epipactis gigantea. The cross has produced a plant which is vigorous in growth and produces  beautiful flowers.
8 Cyclamen purpurascens ex Balbianello
AUGUST:  Cyclamen purpurascens which came to me as a very kind gift from a gardener at the Villa Balbianello on Lake Como, Italy. It comes into flower in late summer and seems to remain in flower for ages and ages. 
9 Colchicum 'Nancy Lindsay' (1)
SEPTEMBER:  Colchicum ‘Nansy Lindsay’. The colchicums are regularly called ‘naked ladies, a name applied to several plants which produce their flowers without any foliage. In the case of colchicums, the foliage comes in growth in spring.
10 Colchicum 'Old Bones' (3)
OCTOBER: Colchicum ‘Old Bone’s, a gift from a friend, a very old cultivar of colchicum. I had photographed this little clump several but it was only when I took it from this angle, with the foliage and contrasting red flowers of the Zauchneria californica ‘Glasnevin’ as a background that it really looked its best. 
11 Crataegus prunifolius haws (1)
NOVEMBER: A crisp, clear and sunny day shows off the autumn colour and beautiful haws of Crataegus prunifolius, a hawthorn species, which I grew from seed about twenty years ago. It has an excellent display of blossom in spring, excellent autumn colour and haws in autumn/winter. 
12 Galanthus 'Castlegar' (1)
DECEMBER:  Galanthus ‘Castlegar’ always flowers in early December. It is a snowdrop of Irish origin, spotted by the late Dr. Keith Lamb in 1985 at the home of  Sir George and Lady Mahon, Castlegar, on the outskirts of Galway City. 


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