The New Year weather has been cold, wet, frosty, sunny and warm (relatively speaking) sometimes all in the same day! A few days last week the sun was shining and the birds were singing, it was a pleasure to work in the woodland, and so nice that the coat soon came off and was hung on a tree. The woodland is waking up, snowdrops are flowering, a few have finished already, but there are still plenty to come. Other bulbs are putting up their spears so soon this will be my favourite place to be.
Before we get to the woodland though, there are other flowers braving our confused weather. The chaenomeles by the back door is opening more and more buds each day.
Iris unguicularis by the dining room window has opened more flowers than ever before, it has been amazing so far.
The camellia in the corner of the back garden has been flowering since November and doesn’t show any sign of stopping.
In the opposite corner of the back garden, Garrya elliptica is putting on its usual show, if I tap the flowers, clouds of yellow pollen float everywhere.
Into the woodland, cyclamen coum is flowering but the seeds aren’t spreading the same as C. hederifolium. Maybe the ants are tucked up nice and warm and don’t realise that there will be sweet sticky seeds for them to move. Maybe I will have to sow my own seed !
Sarcocca bringing perfume to the woodland.
Butcher’s broom, bringing a splash of red to the woodland.
Winter flowering heather seems to always be in flower, poor thing is taken for granted!
More snowdrops are opening each day, they are early this year, but there are still lots more to come, so I should have some for February!
G. woronowii showing how it seeds slightly downhill on a little slope. When the flower is finished, the stem elongates, then curves over to deposit the seed pod away from the parents, this then forms the next clump.
G. Little John is a big snowdrop, but he is always a lot earlier than G. Robin Hood, I wish they flowered at the same time!
The winter sunshine was remarkably warm when I was working in the woodland, I was also sheltered from the wind.
Magnet has now formed a nice large clump, I will have to think about splitting it and spreading it about.
Early days for G. Diggory, the flowers will soon form their familiar balloon shape.
G. Lapwing has increased nicely and is earlier than usual, I really like this one.
G. Wendy’s gold isn’t going to be far behind.
While photographing the snowdrops, all of a sudden a beautiful perfume reached me and made me realise that Daphne bholua was flowering and I hadn’t even noticed it tucked away in a corner!
The flowers are beautiful and the perfume must be amazing because I am bunged up with a cold and could smell it easily.
I used to have Daphne b. Jaqueline Postill, but sadly she died last year, apparently she can do this without any warning. I must take cuttings of this one so that I’m not left without, just in case it happens again, I would hate to be without that wonderful perfume in Jan/Feb.
Is your garden waking up with a few winter flowers or are you tucked up under a duvet of snow? Of course you could be in the southern hemisphere and be surrounded with summer flowers!
I am linking this post with Carol at May Dreams Gardens for GBBD, do pay her a visit to see what is flowering around the world.