Thursday, January 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - January 2015

It's been quite some time since I've written a GBBD post. Strolling (struggling in the bitterly cold wind) around the garden, there are a fair few flowers in bloom at the moment. A couple of the snowdrops I planted after Thomas was born are in flower, though the snails love to chew their delicate petals off. The violas in containers continue to point their eager faces to the fickle sun. Sarcococca and Viburnum in the front garden greet you with a double whammy of perfume. Because of the mild winter to date, there are even very pregnant buds on the Scabious.

The one winter performer which consistently flowers this early for me, however, is the one which heralds in the rush of the spring flowers - my fresh, speckled green hellebore. It's the first of the hellebores to flower, and its sturdy petals will keep looking good right through to the end of March.

We may not yet have had a proper winter, but spring is most definitely on its way.

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting GBBD.


Lea said...

I love the Hellebores! Once they start to bloom, we will have several months of Bloom Day posts!
Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

Anna said...

That cold bitter wind has been most inconsiderate this week HM. Your speckly hellebore looks like a fine harbinger of spring, although I want a bit more winter first to keep the snail population down.

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Elizabeth Musgrave said...

I love hellebores. I have all sorts up here and they all grow when lots of things don't. I do get black spot however and usually cut back the leaves. Haven't got there this year!