At the moment, the sun is shining, the sky is a brilliant blue, the wind is blowing and everywhere is very wet from torrential rain overnight. We have escaped the awful weather of the last few days, when other places are covered in snow still. We had a bit of sleet and a few hailstones yesterday but that was as bad as it got.
The sun tempted me out to see what is flowering for GBBD in January. Starting in the front garden I found –
Winter Jasmine, that has been flowering since the beginning of December.
The white variety of the common primrose is always the first to flower, the yellow ones are still safely tucked up, away from the winter weather.
Tucked among the red stemmed Cornus are a few Cyclamen coum. The ones in the front garden always seem to flower before the ones in the woodland, probably because they have more sun.
Under the dead oak in the middle of the garden, forming ground cover under a Mahonia and holly, is some winter flowering heather. This saves me having to weed in such a prickly spot!
The first daisy to flower on the lawn!
The Hellebores are gathering strength and will soon be open properly, this one is near to the bog garden.
Snowdrops are up everywhere, maybe if it stays sunny today, they will open their petals, I should have waited to photograph them all !
My Camellia bush in the corner of the garden just gets better and better each day, and there are still so many buds waiting to open.
One of the Greatorex Doubles, I really must tidy away all the dead leaves of the iris next to it! These snowdrops are by the arch way into the woodland.
Glanthus gracilis is easy to identify, thanks to its twisted leaves.
Galanthus Little John, in the woodland, is so huge compared to other snowdrops. I see that something has been having a nibble!
This is another snowdrop that is easy to identify from its lovely shiny green leaves. Galanthus woronowii also spreads quickly by seed. Where I have got it planted , it is on a slight slope and it is seeding downhill where the flower stems arch over when the flower has finished. The seed case is then on the soil and the seed deposited. I must try collecting a few seed pods and spreading them on other slopes in the woodland.
Scenting the air in the woodland is Daphne Jaqueline Postill, such a beautiful perfume, it is worth going out, no matter what the weather is doing, just for a sniff!
This is the first hellebore to open in the woodland, the rest are covered in buds, so it won’t be too long before they join in.
The little forget me not that I showed you on New Years Day is still flowering, such a pretty little blue flower.
H. Roger is the only witch hazel flowering for me this year, just as well that I bought it last year.. My two stalwarts, H.mollis and H. Arnold Promise haven’t got any flowers at all, in fact some of the twigs look dead, I do hope I’m not going to lose them.
G. Lapwing is increasing very well indeed, I will have to photograph it again when it is open as the inner markings are rather nice.
A white cyclamen coum makes a nice change from the magenta one.
Back in the back garden, Garrya elliptica is having his moment of glory. Having pruned it too hard a couple of years ago, it is good to have lots of tassels once again.
My early unknown narcissus is still putting out new flowers. Other narcissus that are supposed to be early are still refusing to flower!
Hellebore Argutifolius is on the rockery near the house and is getting to be a bigger plant each year.
Galanthus Angelique is also on the rockery. When she opens, she has 2 tiny green dots on the inner petals.
The few Primulas that we have on the rockery have been flowering on and off for a few months now, as long as the frost stays away.
Still flowering under the dining room window is Iris unguicularis. Every few days a new flower opens up and looks so pristine among lots of dead leaves, I must remember to cut the dead leaves away in future.
Just by the back door , the Chaenomeles is still flowering away with masses of buds still to come, it doesn’t seem to have suffered so far, with the few frosts that we have had, another is due this weekend!
I have enjoyed my wander round my soggy garden, I found more snowdrops than I expected, but decided not to photograph the rest until they had opened and were showing their different markings. While in the woodland, the sun felt decidedly warm, it is sheltered out of the wind, I could feel that spring is on its way
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Garden for hosting this meme each month, do pay her a visit to see which flowers are giving pleasure around the world.