However the mildness has meant that the late winter flowers have started to show themselves, even if only in bud form, and some of the flowers from last year are still hanging on (although some of these are, of course, weeds - the toughest of plants!).
|Japonica as some of us know it - actually Chaenomeles or Flowering Quince.|
This does normally start to flower early although it won't be flowering properly for
a few months yet.
|Buds galore on one of my ornamental|
Cherry trees - this is the tree in my cover photo
at the top of the page
|Snowdrops (Galanthus) have shot up really quickly in the last 10 days|
|Hellebore covered in flower buds.|
I think this is one of the orientalis hybrids.
They do look better when the old foliage is cut off, but seeing the
likelihood of cold weather coming I'd rather keep those leaves
there for now for protection.
|Bud covered in dew.|
My other hellebores have buds that come out from ground level and
are just emerging.
|Rhododendron. Now this may seem an oddity but occasionally they|
have a few flowers in the late autumn, but this year there are
about a dozen blooms trying to open up!
Then there are the evergreen plants that look good all through the winter.
|Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' with berries from last year.|
I grow this in a pot and it's high time I divided it up. I think it looks
better grown in a pot with gravel on the top to highlight the black leaves.
|Euphorbia myrsinitis - my favourite Euphorbia as it is evergreen|
and provides year round interest. It will be flowering about March.
|The leaves have long gone from the Smokebushes but their fluffy seadheads|
remain continuing to give interest. I've seen birds picking at these to use for
|Finally, a rosebud looking a little faded by the wet weather - |
it's never going to open up into a flower but still retains
a beauty all of its own.