Six on Saturday. 20.1.2024

Well, that was a cold and frosty week wasn’t it! We had temperatures down to -8C nearby, but I think maybe we were probably a couple of degrees warmer. The forecast snow didn’t arrive, thank goodness, I think it went over to France to see Fred! I wasn’t sure how many plants I would find to photograph when I went out yesterday, but managed to find six that weren’t looking too bad, some of which you have seen before at various times.

The Chaenomeles by the back door is still pumping out its flowers, some not looking too happy with all the frost, but has so many buds still to come.

It seems that it doesn’t matter what the weather does, Iris unuicularis still opens more flowers.

A clump of double special snowdrops, unfortunately the label was lost years ago, so I’m not sure which variety this is.

Garrya elliptica in the corner of the back garden, is now covered with it’s tassels.

Hellebore Neon Star is flowering in the woodland, there are lots more hellebores waiting to flower, buds almost on the point of opening.

Iris foetidissima berries are still surviving in the woodland, they make a lovely splash of colour.

The flowers on my Daphne bholua are now fully out and the perfume is amazing, such a joy when it wafts on the breeze or gale!

That’s it for this week, most flowers have carried on as though the temperatures were the plus side of zero, I think it is just the camellias and rhododendrons that haven’t liked it. Today is supposed to be warmer, or should I say “less cold” with rain once more.

Thanks once more to Jim at Garden Ruminations, do pop over to him and see what is happening in gardens around the world.

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20 Responses to Six on Saturday. 20.1.2024

  1. Fred says:

    That’s sure!…. the snow has reached us! Thanks for blowing it all the way here.
    The mild weather and the rain come back tomorrow and with a little luck, I will still have some colours like all the flowers you showed us today (which are all magnificent!)

    • Pauline says:

      Sorry Fred, to send the snow over to you! Mild weather for us too from tonight with a balmy +7C forecast overnight, it will seem so warm without any frost! I can hear the wind howling in the trees in the woodland at the moment, I think the storm is arriving early. I’m sure the flowers will appreciate the increase in temperature as long as the wind doesn’t blow them all away!

  2. Rosie Amber says:

    Ooh lots of flowers, what a delight to see.

  3. Catherine says:

    Oh my, you’ve done so well with all your photos this week! So many great finds, Pauline. It would be hard to choose a favourite, but the clump of snowdrops is so sweet, and that is a very pretty Hellebore. I love the blossom on Chaenomeles and your Iris is amazing! Whew! 😁 Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Catherine, glad you like them! Some are so reliable, flowering at this time of year, I really look forward to seeing them.I’m hoping to get some gardening done in the woodland tomorrow, but it depends on the wind, I don’t like to be working there if branches are liable to come crashing down!

  4. Graeme says:

    I can image the fragrance of the Daphne! Hurrah for the Hellabore bloom!

  5. Gill Heavens says:

    Fabulous selection, you have a good winter display. Iris unguilaris (forgive spelling) is lovely, it is now on The List. Keep warm and dry.

    • Pauline says:

      I can certainly recommend Iris unguicularis for this time of year, it has never let me down. I first saw it outside my doctor’s surgery and was so taken with it, just had to find out which one it was and find one! Hope you find one, it likes full sun and good drainage.

  6. Denise says:

    Glad you managed to avoid the snow! A lovely selection of plants Pauline, and the Garrya is one of my favourites though it won’t manage the climate here. Are the berries on the Iris foetidissima edible for the wild life?

    • Pauline says:

      I was very glad the snow didn’t arrive Denise as I had to drive quite a way on Wednesday when we should have had it! I’m not sure if the wildlife eat the iris berries, they seem to stay around for quite a bit, something spreads them as new plants pop up quite a way from the parent plant.

  7. Helen Jones says:

    Lots of lovely flowers this week but I think the hellebore is my favourite, I need to buy more of them and put them near paths so I appreciate them at this time of year.

  8. We’ve got some snowdrops peaking through too. Thankfully the weather has improved… I was getting fed up of all that wind and rain!

  9. snowbird says:

    Lovely colour and blooms. I love those tassels!xxx

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