It's bleak midwinter here in Plymouth. Which means cool and wet, the occasional mild frost - though that may change over the next week - and even the odd sunny period. Like this morning. Although the cloud is coming in and there was snow on the top of Dartmoor when I took the dogs out this morning. So don't expect too many flowers. It's not the season for them.
Having said that there are a select few to brighten the darker days.
Two well scented blooms always flower at this time of year. Mahonia japonica has given rise to a good many hybrids such as 'Charity', 'Buckland' and 'Winter Sun' but the plain species is just as effective, with spiky, holly like leaflets in whorls around upright stems. The flowers are small and yellow but carried in good numbers on terminal sprays that, with me, open from December through to February. On warmer days the scent is quite heady.
Sarcococca humilis, the Christmas box, is a small shrub with whispy little white flowers that never flower for Christmas but are in full swing now. The scent is fantastic, making the approach to my front door a perfumed experience on still, cool days like today. Black berries are still on the plant from last years flowering - the birds can't be hungry yet.
|Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles'|
|Fuchsia 'Karl Hartweg'|
|Camellia 'Cornish Snow'|
As always, my thanks to May Dreams Gardens for hosting the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day meme. Head over there to see what's flowering in many more gardens round the world.