Delicate pastel blossoms on bare stems are a special winter treat. In summer there is a multitde of colour and scent, but in January a tiny pastel flower with a delicate perfume will attract attention – look! how beautiful!
Four flowering shrubs in my garden in January . . .
– fragrant cream flowers of the Shrubby Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima)
– breaking buds on the Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas)
– clusters of richly scented sugar-almond pink flowers on the Viburnum (Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn')
– exquisitely perfumed spiky flowers of the Christmas Box (Sarcococca humilis)
Bursting up through the soil and leaf litter are perfect freshly unfurled Winter Aconites (Eranthis hyemalis) . The deep burgundy red Hellebore is one of the many I grew from seed from a slate-purple Helleborus Orientalis, this is the second year they have flowered.
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