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Friday, 3 January 2014

100 Flowers : #001 Winter Jasmine

I mentioned that I'd had an idea for regular blogposts . . .

walking around our garden the other day I noticed quite a few flowers in bloom, I wondered how many different plants there were in the garden? did I remember all the names? did I even look at them closely when they flowered?

It sowed the seed of an idea . . . 100 Flowers flowering in our garden during 2014. A close look at 2, maybe 3 each week. A reminder of the botanical name and what it means. And maybe some other snippets of info.

The flowers will be blooming in the garden the day I write about them . . . 

2014 - a year of 100 Flowers

#001 : Jasminum nudiflorum

Winter Jasmine

'nudiflorum' means 'naked flower'

Winter Jasmine flowers on bare stems before the leaves open.

Today, when another Atlantic storm is raging over the British Isles and the sky went black, thunder rumbled and hail fell; the Winter Jasmine flowers glowed like bright stars.

I picked one stem to bring indoors and put it into my eggcup/vase/tiny cup made by Linda Bloomfield.

I found this poem by Cherry Zhai

Winter Jasmine

As every year
I see you again
It’s so cold, but you have already blossomed.
Why are you so impatient to come into bloom before the other flowers?
You are the flower touching me the most
How bright is your color!
Like the dazzling sunlight,
Gives us vigor,
Little yellow flowers,
Messenger of spring.


PS I'm putting all the 100 Flowers on a Pinterest Board.


  1. What a lovely idea and the winter jasmine is so cheerful in this grey, stormy weather.

  2. Mine is a cheery spot of colour in my drab winter garden.Looking forward to the rest of the flowers.

  3. Sounds like a good plan - I think that it could catch on. It should also be useful to have a pictorial guide to all of your plants and flowers.

  4. Such a cheerful bit of sunshine :)

  5. A lovely idea. I will look forward to this floral guide.

  6. That would be a good plant for my garden .. A bright cheerful flower for winter . Look forward to getting some plant ideas from these posts

  7. Carol in Cornwall4 January 2014 at 12:34

    Great idea!! Must go outside - as it's not raining or blowing a gale at the mo - and see what's about in my garden.

  8. What a wonderful idea! :) Looking forward to following you along the way. :)
    V x

  9. An inspired idea Celia, a good start too with the Jasmine.

  10. Such a lovely idea Celia. Looking forward to reading these throughout the year.

  11. Chinese jasmine is one of the plants I inherited. Thanks for reminding me to appreciate it.

  12. Very pretty, if it's not raining tomorrow I shall venture out myself and see what's blooming....but only if its not raining! Yes I know I'm a wimp :) x

  13. Catching up with your last post and this one really makes me feel energised for the year ahead Celia. I think the 100+ flowers idea is fabulous and wish I'd thought of it! A quick traverse around our patch in between storms would yield nothing so colourful as your sunny Winter Jasmine. The only non-green in the garden is the holly berries that the redwings seemed to miss so I'd be playing catch up from the outset if I tried to mirror what you're doing. I'll keep my eye on the Pinterest board instead and get my colour fix from afar!

  14. My Aunt has a beautiful Winter flowering Jasmine near her back door, I've always loved the bright colour in the wintery days.
    Carole D


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