this is an image of the unfurling of a oriental orange poppy with the seed head still attached to the top of the petals.

Ever wanted to know what's in bloom in a particular month of the year?  Because you've come to the right place! Moreover this is my guide to the plants that are in bloom on the 15th of every month of the year. I have a modest size plot of ground. Consequently I can't grow every plant I'd like to grow. Likewise some plants won't get mentioned as they've never been grown here at Leavesnbloom.

"Where flowers bloom so does hope." ~ Lady Bird Johnson


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Whether the weather!

Whether the weather be fine, or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold, or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather, whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not.

I use these records all the time in comparing one year to the next. In fact the weather has a huge role in determining the flowering times of a plant. With this in mind I've written a little about phenology and how the weather affects spring in this post:



I lost a lot of plants in the first two years of blogging due to harsh winters.  First of all you've just purchased a Hardy plant.  But secondly is it really tough and hardy in your Scottish garden?  What a plant label reads and what happens to it in your garden are two different things! It all depends on your garden micro-climate and the degrees of frost the plant can cope with. Consequently I learned the hard way!  When I first wrote my Scottish Hardiness Ratings only a few others were doing so and most books were out of date.  Thankfully that all changed after those two harsh winters. As a result the RHS started to give garden plants new hardiness ratings to cover all regions of the UK.  You can read my original post here:


this is an image of a geum flower and a 7 spot ladybird - a native from the UK

this is an image of a bee in mid air about to land on a pink gerimander flower




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