In fact it doesn’t start again, it’s never stopped! Once again though, it is time for GBBD on the 15th of the month and this month has quite a few little beauties flowering at the moment. Until a few days ago the weather has been very mild for well over a month, in fact it seemed as though November had never ended. Now though, temperatures have plummeted, the wind is straight from the North Pole and we have had one or two slight frosts but they don’t seem to have affected any of the flowers so far.
The camellia in the corner of the garden by the old school, is covered with buds and a few of them have started to open. Last year it was flowering well before Christmas and I’m surprised it wasn’t doing the same this year, considering that it has been much milder than last year.
This lovely shrub has been flowering since the beginning of December and pumping out it’s delicious perfume throughout the woodland. There is still no sign of Daphne b. Jaqueline Postill opening her buds, they are staying tightly shut!
This narcissus was flowering long before Christmas and is now looking a bit dishevelled, but it won’t be long before some of the other Narcissus are joining it.
This Euphorbia is flowering far too soon, usually it is April/May when the flowers open and release their beautiful honeyed perfume.
I can’t detect any perfume at the moment, maybe it needs to be a lot warmer before the perfume is released.
Wild primroses are starting to open all round the garden.
More pulmonarias are opening each day, just the common spotted ones so far.
Iris reticulata Pauline has finished flowering, but now this iris takes over the baton. In reality it is more purple than the photo shows, and it is either Iris reticulata Edward or George.
And the same applies to this one, it is either Edward or George and should be a bit more purple, but not as dark as the previous one. I bought bulbs of both Edward and George and just can’t remember which way round I planted them!
Our first wild celandine, soon they will be flowering everywhere and I will be pulling them out by the handful to try and limit their spread! For now though it is a nice splash of yellow.
Soon we will have a carpet of lilac flowers in the woodland. I planted this when I found it was the larval food for the Orange Tip Butterfly, I can see one or two holes in the leaves so I’m hoping it means that we have pupae of the butterfly nearby.
Other clumps are now starting to grow to the same height as this first clump, but it is still by far the tallest. Sorry about the focus, the camera just didn’t want to focus properly, no matter how hard I tried.
Of course I couldn’t do a post about flowers at this time of year, without mentioning the chaenomeles by the back door. This has been flowering since November.
Of course snowdrops are a must at this time of year, I have to wait until the sun decides to shine before they open up and show their markings.
One of my favourites, little Galanthus woronowii which seeds about nicely and has the most shiny bright green leaves.
Both these clumps are spreading nicely and at the very back is a white hellebore.
Hopefully Galanthus Lapwing is spreading sideways as this is a super bulb with beautiful markings.
G. Diggory has balloon shaped flowers and the texture of the petals is puckered.
As well as snowdrops, the hellebores are decorating the woodland, so I will end with a small selection.
I’m sure there are other flowers opening in the garden, but until the lawn dries out, I will have to give them a miss. January as a month, seems to have the same number of plants flowering as usual for this time of year. Some have been brought on by the mild weather but the colder spell that we are having now will put a halt to that I think and get us more back to normal.
Are you now covered in snow, or are you able to enjoy winter flowers in your garden? Snow is working it’s way down the UK, I wonder if it will reach us?
Thanks must go to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly meme, please pay her a visit to see what is flowering in the rest of the world.