There really isn't a lot going on right now, which is a good thing, as I'm currently up to my armpits in cards, wrapping paper and sellotape. I put down the scissors for a wee while and got myself out into the fresh air.
The witch hazel has been throwing out the odd bloom here and there since October but has finally started to get it's act in gear this month. I love those copper-orange ribbons. They are a real treat at this time of the year. What Jelena lacks in autumn colour, more than makes up for in winter blooms.
|Hamamelis x intermedia Jelena|
|Mahonia x media Charity|
|Viburnum tinus Eve Prince|
Lack of light makes photographing the blooms extremely difficult, particularly white flowers. They seem to glare in what little light there is. Mrs MacNamara is still in bud. New to the garden last year, I'm pleased to see I am going to have 2 flowers this year. Sitting beneath the berberis - the flower stems have a slight list. Since she is one of the earliest to appear I wonder if the reason for this is the fact that the deciduous shrubs are still in leaf when it emerges and it reaches out for light at that time. I need to look into this and perhaps find a spot that is a bit more open. Thanks to Chloris over at The Blooming Garden, I've also discovered that this snowdrop, named after Dylan Thomas's mother in law is sometimes referred to as G. Milkwood. I am not familiar with Dylan Thomas's work but know enough to recognise the Milkwood connection.
|Galanthus elwesii Mrs MacNamara|
|Helleborus x sterni White Beauty|
Roses flowering here in winter is a common sight. In fact, going round the neighbours delivering Christmas cards earlier today, I spotted lots of folks with roses flowering right now. Many of the roses in the front garden are abundant with buds, others with single buds - the race is on for roses to bloom in January. Of course, that will all depend on Mother Nature - it's out of my control.
Roses blooming in the garden today are both climbers. The race to the top of the Pergola has finally been won. The Wedgewood Rose, blooms far from perfect, is a reminder of summer past.
|Rosa The Wedgewood Rose (Ausjosiah)|
|Rosa Warm Welcome (Chewizz)|
Also known as 'The Beacon' the brilliant red blooms, admittedly, not quite so brilliant nor red - Achillea Fanal sprawls out over onto the lawn in the front garden.
|Achillia Fanal (syn. The Beacon)|
When I say little, I truly mean little, the tiny flower stem is around 6 inches high and producing perfect blooms in miniature.
|Digitalis parviflora Milk Chocolate|