So I was a little surprised to see a little patch of yellow when looking out of the living room window this afternoon. Dodging the showers, I went out to confirm that I was seeing what I thought I was seeing. I was right. Jasminium nudiflorum, the rather lax but easily trained as a wall shrub winter jasmine, was flowering. Not just one flower but a whole branch was developing it's soft yellow tubular flowers.
|Jasminium nudiflorum - taken during its more normal winter flowering|
I could, of course, put it down to the capriciousness of the Gods and sacrifice another burnt offering to propitiate them. Another round of toast should do it. Unfortunately, I was trained as a scientist so I tend to look for more rational explanations. And my curiosity was piqued when I realised that in the front garden my reliably May - and only May - flowering Crinodendron hookerianum was also producing new buds and had already opened some of it's lovely red lantern flowers. In August.
Either that or we're all doomed. Better warm up the toaster just in case.