Any plant that flowers in January is a gem as far as I’m concerned, they are so precious, flowering at a time of year when most plants are still sleeping through the cold spell. A walk round half the garden is always worth it, there are little treasures to be found hiding in the dappled shade in the woodland or in the sunshine by the house.
I’ll start my walk as usual, by the back door where the chaenomeles is going from strength to strength in spite of our frosty nights.
Hellebores by the front door have decided it is time to open alongside Galanthus Mrs McNamara.
More Hellebores by the front door, a very shady spot.
The back garden and woodland are where most of my winter flowering plants are. This Hellebore is by the corner where the old school is.
Lots more Arabis flowers on the rockery have opened since New Year’s Day.
Galanthus Midwinter is still flowering.
A couple more Hellebores in the flower bed in front of the woodland.
This one has similar colours but the petal shapes are different.
Lots more snowdrops have flowered since New Year, this is G. Elwesii. I think I ought to get a wet cloth and clean my labels!
Robin Hood has never been so early here, at last it has met Little John!
A lovely neat double which has lost its label unfortunately. I think it is either Desdemona or Ophelia. Must do some homework!
In the woodland, Narcissus Rijnveld’s Early Sensation is still flowering away, opening more flowers all the time.
Little John is almost twice the size of Robin Hood. I think I must plant some of them together to appreciate the diffence. It is now almost over, but then, it has been flowering for 4 weeks!
On the opposite side of the path in the woodland is species Galanthus woronowii with bright green leaves, a much smaller variety.
Cyclamen hederifolium flowering in dark corners, but not spreading as fast as C. hederifolium.
G. St. Annes
G. Atkinsii was hidden under fern fronds until I cut them back.
G.Magnet really does need splitting, this must be the year when I do it!
G. Angelsey Abby is flowering much earlier than it usually does, this one is all white with no green markings.
Hobson’s Choice has multiplied well, it was planted fairly recently.
G. Lapwing is one of my favourites, they have opened so that you can just about see the lovely inner markings.
G. Diggory has just started flowering, soon they will be much more puffed up and the seersucker texture will be more apparent.
My wander continues in the back garden where Choysia ternata is flowering in the corner.
Back by the house, Iris unguicularis flowers happily under the dining room window.
More Iris, this time I. reticulata Pauline on the raised bed by the rockery. These are increasing nicely.
We are now back to the back door and it’s time to go in for a coffee to get warm!
Really I needed a warmer day so that the snowdrops open their flowers and we can see their markings, it was sunny but still very cold, no wonder most of them stayed shut! Our weather has been very mixed over the last few weeks, either icy winds from the Arctic or warm air coming from Africa, plants and humans don’t know what to do! Some days I have gone into the garden full of good intentions, but only lasted 5 minutes as my fingers were frozen in spite of wearing thick gardening gloves, other days it has been so warm, a coat wasn’t needed.
Thanks must go to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this each month, do pay her a visit to see flowers from around the world.