On Monday, our first named storm of the winter arrived, Brendan was roaring through my trees, trying to create havoc, a wander through the woodland to see if any damage has been done will be necessary as soon as I have had my breakfast. Fortunately it was a lovely sunny day on Sunday and I was able to get out and photograph the flowers that were enjoying the calm before the storm.
Snowdrops are popping up everywhere now, this one is Angelique which is on the rockery, but I think needs replanting as the bulbs are starting to push up out of the ground.
Iris reticulata Pauline on the alpine scree. One minute she isn’t there and the next she is suddenly flowering away
Chaenomeles speciosa by the back door is making up for lost time and now flowering beautifully.
Iris unguicularis, under the dining room window is making so many flowers this year, it is amazing.
Cyclamen coum are now popping up in the woodland and borders in the back garden. They are slowly spreading, I think I ought to sow the seed myself as I don’t think the ants are busy at this time of year.
A fancy primrose that I bought a couple of years ago, I’m surprised it has survived this long.
Galanthus Midwinter which has been flowering for a while now in a corner of the back garden.
One of my special anemone centred hellebores, lots of lovely buds to follow.
The camellia next to the previous two plants has gone into overdrive, it is a large shrub now and is just covered with blooms.
When going into the woodland the first flower to catch your eye is Narcissus Rijnveld’s Early Sensation. Normally out by Christmas Day but not this time, not even New Year but January 3rd was when the flower bud actually opened. Better late than never.
Galanthus Little John with a white hellebore.
Galanthus Little John, lovely markings.
Galanthus Magnet, one of my first “specials” bought many years ago.
G. Hobson’s Choice is now bulking up well.
Hellebore Neon Star is happy at the far end of the woodland.
G. Lapwing is increasing nicely.
G. Diggory hasn’t yet formed the balloon shape to the petals, but they will come.
G. Louise Ann Bromley, new 2 yrs ago, she has very large flowers.
G. Betty Hansell, the book says when it is happy it produces 2 flowers per stem, she is still very new, just 2 yrs old.
Daphne odora now open for business, perfuming the woodland, when the wind is from the west, it is a wonderful place to be.
Cyclamen coum on the side of the ditch, it gets good drainage here.
Back in the garden, the tassels on Garrya eliptica get longer by the day.
The shrub is excelling itself at the moment.
More primroses open up each day, soon there will be drifts.
This primula has been flowering on and off all winter.
G. Madelaine has yellow inner markings as well as a yellow nectary, very dainty.
I must venture out soon and see if there is any damage after the storm, hopefully it will just be thin little branches down in the woodland and no damage to my brave little flowers! We are coming up to my favourite time of year in the garden when everything wakes up again and pushes up through the earth to start the gardening year once more. so many jobs to do getting ready for all the woodland bulbs, will I be ready in time?
I am linking this post with Carol at May Dreams Gardens, do pay her a visit to see what else is flowering around the world for January’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.