Advent Calendar

I’m hoping to have a good response again from members sending your photos for this year’s calendar. It’s lovely to see what you’ve seen on your trips, and what you’ve been growing in your gardens! Here goes for December 2017.

Thank you for the photos that have been sent. There are a few more that I will post after Christmas.

 

Day 24 December 2017

This delightful Narcissus Ice Warrior comes from Kevin, and he says that it will be in flover until March.

Narcissus Ice Warrior

Narcissus Ice Warrior

 

Day 23 December 2017

Galanthus Diggory from Paddy is our penultimate picture for 2017.

Galanthus Diggory

Galanthus Diggory

 

Day 22 December 2017

Anemone blanda from Victor – looking forward to seeing these again before too long!

Anemone blanda

Anemone blanda

Day 21 December 2017

A lovely alpine meadow in the Dolomites, dotted with St. Bernard’s Lily, Paradisea liliastrum, sent by Caroline.

Paradisea liliastrum

Paradisea liliastrum

Day 20 December 2017

Erythronium Joanna thriving in a damp shady spot in Paddy and Ben’s garden.

Erythronium Joanna

Erythronium Joanna

 

Day 19 December 2017

Lovely Nerine sarniensis flowering still in December, from Kevin.

Group of Nerine sarniensis

Group of Nerine sarniensis

Day 18 December 2017

Caroline sends this picture of  wonderful clump of Ladies Slipper Orchids, Cypripedium calceolus, seen in the Dolomites last June.

Cypripedium calceolus

Cypripedium calceolus

Day 17 December 2017

Steve and Angela Lobley sent this picture of Crocus adanensis, seen at Wisley.

Crocus adanensis

Crocus adanensis

Day 16 December 2017

This stunning sight of Common Spotted Orchids on Southampton Common comes from Victor. (I’ll post a close up in the ‘extra’ photos after Christmas)

Dactylorhiza fuchsii - Common Spotted Orchid

Dactylorhiza fuchsii – Common Spotted Orchid

Day 15 December 2017

From Christine and David Hughes comes this beautiful Meconopsis seen at Cluny House Gardens in Scotland.

Meconopsis at Cluny House Garden

Meconopsis at Cluny House Garden

Day 14 December 2017

Ben has sent a picture of his Trilliums – T. grandiflorum and T. grandiflorum roseum in the garden.

Trillium grandiflorum roseum and Trillim grandiflorum.

Trillium grandiflorum roseum and Trillim grandiflorum.

Day 13 December 2017

Seedheads of Dryas suendermannii silhouetted in the evening sun in my garden this summer.

Silhouetted seedheads of Dryas suendermannii

Silhouetted seedheads of Dryas suendermannii

Day 12 December 2017

This Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos) was photographed by Victor at the Eden Project.

Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos)

Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos)

 

Day 11 December 2017

Today a picture from Frank of Scutellaria suffrutescens Texas Rose, growing in his garden.

Scutellaria suffrutescens Texas Rose

Scutellaria suffrutescens Texas Rose

Day 10 December 2017

Gentians in the Dolomites this summer, from Janice.

Gentians

Gentians

Day 9 December 2017

Today we have Alstroemeria hookeri from Paddy, a dwarf Peruvian lily which she has  grown from seed. It prefers a sunny, sheltered spot in well-drained soil, and bears its beautiful flowers in summer.

Alstroemeria hookeri

Alstroemeria hookeri

 

Day 8 December 2017

Charming Dianthus Little Jock growing in Olenka’s garden.

Dianthus Little Jock

Dianthus Little Jock

Day 7 December 2017

From Christine and David Hughes, this picture of Aconitum on the Eiger Trail

Aconitum on the Eiger Trail

Aconitum on the Eiger Trail

Day 6 December 2017

Ben has sent this picture of Cyclamen cretica from their trip to Crete this year

Cyclamen cretica

Cyclamen cretica

Day 5 December 2017

From Caroline ‘Daphne malyana flowering in the open in Jiri Papousek’s garden near Prague. He has another growing in his tufa tunnel, but it has fewer flowers. About 6″/15cm across.’

Daphne malyana

Daphne malyana

Day 4 December 2017

Viola biflora seen in the Maritime Alps in Southern France on my (Lesley’s) trip there last May.

Viola biflora

Viola biflora

 

Day 3 December 2017

This Gladiolus viridiflorus was sent by Steve and Angela Lobley.

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Gladiolus viridiflorus

Day 2 December 2017

Janice photographed this Silene acaulis in the Dolomites earlier this year.

Silene acaulis

Silene acaulis

Day 1 December 2017

Starting with a delightful picture from Paddy of the tufa bed coming to life in late winter

Tufa bed

Tufa bed

 

 

 

 

Another year, another advent calendar of photos from group members. Thanks for the great response for requests for photos this year. More welcome if you haven’t already contributed!

Day 24 December 2016

Our last picture- two today!-  for this year comes from Harvey – the Wreath flower, Lechenaultia macrantha, found in Western Australia.

Lechenaultia macrantha - the Wreath flower.

Lechenaultia macrantha – the Wreath flower.

 

Close-up of Lechenaultia macrantha - the Wreath flower

Close-up of Lechenaultia macrantha – the Wreath flower

Thank you to all who have contributed photos – there have been many more than 24, and I will post them on the News page shortly for all to enjoy!

Day 23 December 2016

This delightful Soldanella carpatica was photographed by Steve Lobley at NAPS Southern this year.

Soldanella carpatica

Soldanella carpatica

Day 22 December 2016

Another photo from Caroline’s trip to Argentina of Austrocactus bertinii growing in dry steppe, RP9, Santa Cruz Valley .

Austrocactus bertinii

Austrocactus bertinii

Day 21 December 2016

From Harvey’s travels in Western Australia, an Enamel Orchid!

Enamel Orchid

Enamel Orchid

 

Day 20 December 2016

This beautiful snowdrop, Galanthus Wasp, was sent by Paddy Parmee.

Galanthus Wasp

Galanthus Wasp

 

Day 19 December 2016

A delightful  Eyebright, Euphrasia rostkoviana  (syn E. officinalis) from Janice Bennetts.

Euphrasia rostkoviana

Euphrasia rostkoviana

 

Day 18 December 2016

Dave Hanslow has sent this picture of a Corydalis flexuosa cultivar.

Corydalis flexuosa cultivar

Corydalis flexuosa cultivar

Day 17 December 2016

From me, Lesley,  Callianthemum anemonoides growing in a trough.

Callianthemum anemonoides

Callianthemum anemonoides

Day 16 December 2016

One of Jo Whitfield’s Erythroniums today, lovely Erythronium Snowgoose.

Erythronium Snowgoose

Erythronium Snowgoose

Day 15 December 2016

Today we have a picture from Ben Parmee of Meconopsis Lingholm in their garden.

Meconopsis Lingholm

Meconopsis Lingholm

Day 14 December 2016

A Gentiana sino-ornata from the garden of Victor Humphrey.

Gentiana sino-ornata

Gentiana sino-ornata

Day 13 December 2016

A stunning Amaryllis belladonna, flowering very well this year, from Mike Powell.

Amaryllis belladonna

Amaryllis belladonna

Day 12 December 2016

A very cheering picture of Sternbergia greuteriana from Michael Baron, taken in October.

Sternbergia greuteriana

Sternbergia greuteriana

 

Day 11 December 2016

A collection of succulents and bulbs from Olenka Snell- Aeonium goochiae Ballerina, Echeveria Shaviana, Crocus pullchellus Zephyr and small terracotta planter.

Aeonium Goochiae Ballerina, Echeveria Shaviana, Crocus pullchellus Zephyr and small terracotta planter.

Aeonium Goochiae Ballerina, Echeveria Shaviana, Crocus pullchellus Zephyr and small terracotta planter.

Day 10 December 2016

From Gill Sawyer we have this Orchis italica,  seen above Sorrento in May this year.

Orchis italica

Orchis italica

Day 9 December 2016

Today we have Trillium cuneatum and Cyclamen repandum from Kevin Hughes.

Trillium cuneatum and cyclamen repandum

Day 8 December 2016

From Frank Rhodes we have Corydalis Beth Evans growing in his rockery.

Corydalis Beth Evans

Corydalis Beth Evans

Day 7 December 2016

Thanks to Malcolm Calvert for this picture of Primula Sunshine Suzie.

Primula Sunshine Suzie

Primula Sunshine Suzie

 

Day 6 December 2016

Aquilegia jonesii photographed in the Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming by David Hughes.

Aquilegia jonesii

Aquilegia jonesii

Day 5 December 2016

Dorothy Searle has sent this lovely picture of  Androsace himalaiaca

Androsace himalaica

Androsace himalaica

Day 4 December 2016

Vitaliana primuliflora photographed in the French Pyrenees in June this year by Elisabeth Hale.

Vitaliana primuliflora

Vitaliana primuliflora

Day 3 December 2016

Caroline photographed Calceolaria uniflora on her trip in Torres del Paine National Park last year.

Calceolaria uniflora

Calceolaria uniflora

Day 2 December 2016

Steve Lobley has sent this beautiful picture of Erythronium Pagoda.  I love the reflections in the raindrops.

Erythronium Pagoda

Erythronium Pagoda

Day 1 December 2016

Starting with a photo from Paddy of Meconopsis Branklin growing alongside the damp ditch in their garden.  Beautiful tones of blue & purple.

Meconopsis Branklin

Meconopsis Branklin

 

 

 

 

We thought we could do another ‘Advent Calendar’ for December 2015, with pictures from members.

I’ve received a few already, but if any others would like to send me a picture or two, it would be lovely to have a contribution from as many as possible – from your garden, or maybe somewhere you visited, perhaps a holiday photo.

Email address is  hantsags@yahoo.co.uk

Day 24   December 2015

For our last picture we have a snowy Christmas Hellebore from Paddy – not too much snow expected in Hampshire this year!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our pictures, and many thanks to all those who have contributed pictures this year. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas.

Helleborus niger

Helleborus niger

Day 23   December 2015

Another picture from Christine and David’s trip to the Tien Shan this year- a hillside full of Eremurus lactiflorus.

Eremurus lactiflorus

Eremurus lactiflorus

Day 22   December 2015

Androsace helvetica on our calendar today, seen by John at Ankogel in Austria.

Androsace helvetica

Androsace helvetica

Day 21   December 2015

A very unusual plant today – Gamocarpha selliana – seen in Santa Cruz province of Argentina by Caroline very recently!

Gamocarpha selliana

Gamocarpha selliana

Gamocarpha selliana

Gamocarpha selliana

Day 20   December 2015

This beautiful Tulipa tetraphylla was seen in Tien Shan by Christine and David from Dorset.

Tulipa tetraphylla

Tulipa tetraphylla

Day 19   December 2015

Another picture from John today – Campanula zoysii, seen in Slovenia earlier this year.

Campanula zoysii x 2

Day 18   December 2015

This Epilobium  fleischeri was seen by Janice at Mattmark Dam, Austria this year.

Epilobium fleisheri

Epilobium fleisheri

Day 17   December 2015

John has sent this Ranunculus glacialis, photographed earlier this year at Ankogel, Austria.

Ranunculus glacialis

Ranunculus glacialis

Day 16   December 2015

Today a red form of Pulsatilla vulgaris Papageno from me. (Lesley)

Pulsatilla vulgaris Papageno (red)

Pulsatilla vulgaris Papageno (red)

Day 15   December 2015

From Paddy we have a wonderful pot of Ledbouria libanoticum.

Ledbouria libanoticum

Ledbouria libanoticum

 

Day 14   December 2015

This delightful little Polar Campion – Silene uralensis ssp. arctica – was spotted by Elizabeth whilst in Spitzbergen.

Silene uralensis ssp arctica (Polar campion).

Silene uralensis ssp arctica (Polar campion).

Day 13   December 2015

Today we have a picture from Mike, showing some of his Disa orchids flowering now.

Mike's Disa orchids

Mike’s Disa orchids

 Day 12   December 2015

Janice has sent this lovely picture of Gentiana acaulis, seen at Chamonix in July this year.

Day 11   December 2015

Jo has sent us a picture of Helleborus Walburton’s Rosemary today.

Helleborus Walburton's Rosemary

Helleborus Walburton’s Rosemary

Day 10  December 2015

Today, Saxifraga irvingii Gem from me (Lesley). It won’t be long before these are flowering again!

Saxifraga irvingii Gem

Saxifraga irvingii Gem

Day 9    December 2015

Clematis columbiana var tenuiloba Ylva from Paddy and Ben’s garden for today’s picture on our calendar.

Clematis columbiana var tenuiloba Ylva

Clematis columbiana var tenuiloba Ylva

Day 8    December 2015

Mike has sent a picture of beautiful Paeonia rockii growing in his garden.

Paeonia rockii

Paeonia rockii

Day 7    December 2015

Elizabeth saw a delightful Dryas octopetala on her trip to Spitsbergen, Norway.

Dryas octopetala

Dryas octopetala

 

Day 6   December 2015

Today a Petunia patagonica, sent from Caroline, who is currently in Argentina! This was growing by the roadside in Santa Cruz province.

Petunia patagonica

Petunia patagonica

 

Day 5   December 2015

On day 5 we have Anemonella thalictroides Oscar Schoaf from me! (Lesley)

Anemonella thalictroides Oscar Schoaf

Anemonella thalictroides Oscar Schoaf

Day 4    December 2015

Today’s picture comes from Jo – one of her beautiful Erythroniums, this one ‘Joanna’

Erythronium Joanna

Erythronium Joanna

Day 3     December 2015

From Janice  Crinum graminicola, photographed in Stellenbosch Botanical Garden during their holiday in South Africa this year.

Crinum graminicola

Crinum graminicola

Day 2    December 2015

A superb clump of Scilla peruviana growing in Malcolm and Glenda’s garden this year.

Scilla peruviana

Scilla peruviana

Day 1     December 2015 

To start our advent calendar this year, Allium narcissiflorum photographed by Paddy in her garden.

Allium narcissiflorum

Allium narcissiflorum

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Thank you to all who have contributed to our calendar for December 2014.

Day 24  December 2014

Paddy has recently photographed Galanthus Three Ships flowering in Dave Hanslow’s garden.

Galanthus Three Ships

Galanthus Three Ships

Day 23    December 2014

Today we have Rhodohypoxis Hill Farm Red Eye from Dorothy.

Rhodohypoxis Hill Farm Red

Rhodohypoxis Hill Farm Red

 

Day 22      December 2014

An orchid from Mike today - Thunia bensonia.

Thunia bensonia

Thunia bensonia

 

Day 21     December 2014

From Caroline’s trip to Patagonia, we have Oxalis nahuelhuapiensis today. This little treasure was only about 3″ diameter.

Oxalis nuahuelhuapiensis

Oxalis nuahuelhuapiensis

 

Day 20    December 2014

Dorothy has sent us Physoplexis comosa today.

Physoplexis comosa

Physoplexis comosa

 

Day 19     December 2014

   

Today we have Ramonda myconi growing in Janice’s garden.

Ramonda myconi

Ramonda myconi

 

Day 18     December 2014

Today we have Crocus cambessedesii from Lesley, seen in the alpine house at Wisley in October 2013.

Crocus cambessedesii

Crocus cambessedesii

 

 

Day 17      December 2014

lovely Helleborus Anna’s Red from Paddy today.

Helleborus Anna's Red

Helleborus Anna’s Red

 

Day 16     December 2014

Mike has sent us Dactylorhiza foliosa x saccifera.

Dactylorhiza foliosa X saccifera

Dactylorhiza foliosa X saccifera

 

Day 15     December 2014

A lovely plant of Morisia monanthos from Dorothy.

Morisia monanthos

Morisia monanthos

 

Day 14     December 2014

Some beautiful double pink Hepaticas from Paddy.

Hepatica Double Pink

Hepatica Double Pink

 

Day 13     December 2014

A lovely Galanthus Curly from Janice today.

Galanthus Curly

Galanthus Curly

 

Day 12     December 2014

Primula marginata Adrian Evans from Lesley.

Primula marginata Adrian Evans

Primula marginata Adrian Evans

 

Day 11     December 2014

Dorothy has sent a beautiful Gentiana verna.

Gentiana verna

Gentiana verna

 

Day 10     December 2014

Today we have Orchis simia from Mike Powell.

Orchis simia

Orchis simia

 

Day 9     December 2014

Today we have some beautiful Erythroniums from Paddy.

Erythroniums

Erythroniums

 

Day  8     December 2014

Caroline was delighted to see this colony of Pink Slipper Orchids (Cypripedium acaule) when she was in Maine Botanical Garden, USA, in June 2013.

Cypripedium acaule

Cypripedium acaule

 

Day 7     December 2014

Dorothy has sent a picture of Dianthus Eileen Lever.

Dianthus Eileen Lever

Dianthus Eileen Lever

 

Day 6     December 2014

A picture from Janice, taken in Japan, of Heloniopsis orientalis (probably). Heloniopsis is in the family Melanthiaceae. It used to be part of Liliaceae, and it is closely related to Ypsilandra.

Heloniopsis orientalis

Heloniopsis orientalis

 

Day 5     December 2014

Burnt Tip Orchid (Neotinea ustulata) photographed by Paddy in the Picos Mountains in Spain in June.

Neotinea ustulata

Neotinea ustulata

 

Day 4     December 2014

Globularia alypum seen in mountains in Southern Greece, from Lesley Baker

Globularia alypum

Globularia alypum

 

Day 3     December 2014

From Mike Powell we have some native orchids – Anacamptis laxiflora (lax-flowered orchid) and Anacamptis morio (Green-winged orchid)

Anacamptis laxiflora and Anacamptis morio

Anacamptis laxiflora and Anacamptis morio

 

Day 2     December 2014

Caroline has sent pictures of Oreopolus glacialis, seen on her trip to Patagonia last December.

“These bright yellow mats are a bit like stonecrop, growing everywhere in the Andes. This particular colony on the Cordon del Cajon Chico in Neuquen Province, Argentina (basically the rim of a huge extinct caldera), had a very strong perfume drifting downwind.”

Oreopolus glacialis

Oreopolus glacialis

 

 

Day 1     December 2014

A picture from Paddy and Ben’s garden, of Meconopsis horridula Slieve Donard.

Meconopsis horridula Slieve Donard

Meconopsis horridula Slieve Donard

 

 

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