The weather this week is more like January should be, frosty at night time and lovely sunshine during the day. Some days it has hardly risen above freezing which to me means that I stay inside where it is nice and warm! Other days I have been in the woodland frantically trying to get everything ready for the main snowdrop season in February. How could I have missed my Daphne last week, she is covered with flowers and the perfume is amazing when there is a slight breeze through the trees! Once again, it is time for Six on Saturday, my six are as follows……
No 1 Daphne bholua.
Such a delightful perfume comes from the Daphne in the corner of the woodland, I wonder if people walking up the road on the other side of the hedge can smell it, I hope so.
Even without the perfume, it would be worth having the pretty flowers in your winter garden. This year it is covered with flowers, its best performance yet.
No 2. Sarcococca
Also in the woodland and pumping out a perfume is Sarcococca or Christmas Box. The flowers are tiny and insignificent, just one in this photo with the berries from last year, but the perfume again wafts through the woodland and makes you stop and wonder where it is coming from. I snipped a bit and brought it inside and soon the kitchen was full of the wonderful perfume.
No 3. Narcissus Rijnveld’s Early Sensation.
Not quite, but almost open. So far it is 3 weeks late as usually Narcissus Rijnveld’s Early Sensation is in flower by Christmas if I’m lucky. Maybe by next Saturday.
No 4 Galanthus Trumps.
Galanthus Trumps is peeping through a frosted foxglove rosette., this one is quite a way from the rest of the bulbs, he is continuing to march through the border!
No 5 Jasminum nudiflorum.
Jasminum nudiflorum is continuing to open its flowers by the front door. I think it would flower better if the previous people hadn’t planted it in such deep shade, I’m sure it would like some sunshine, maybe I ought to move it!
No 6 Hellebore
My first Hellebore to flower, lots more almost ready to join in, but this is the first, by next week there should be a lot more.
Can I squeeze in another……?
Just had to show you all the flowers on the camellia, I think all the buds have opened at once this year.
There we have it, those are my six for this week. Hopefully more work will be done today in the woodland, it was lovely working there yesterday in the sunshine, the coat soon came off as I was sheltered from any wind. As I was raking all the leaves away, the birds were swooping down to grab anything that was wriggling, I had plenty of company.
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