You may remember this camellia bud from my last post. I was worried about it as temperatures were due to fall and frost was forecast. I found some fleece and rushed out to make it a little cover. Thank goodness, I was just in time.
I was in the garden this afternoon, pruning my autumn fruiting raspberries and tidying up hellebore leaves. The sun came out and it was lovely.
I saw the pink of the camellia bud through the its fleecy coat, took it off and here's what was underneath! No sign of being frosted and a pretty double flower. (No good for early insects, but with a fleece jacket, they wouldn't have been able to get to it anyway).
The combination of snowdrops and cyclamen coum in a pot always lifts the spirits.
The winter flowering honeysuckle keeps on flowering (since December 2018), so is doing incredibly well. It does need sun on the flowers to really get the scent, but even without the sun, if you get your nose close enough, you do get a waft of that lily of the valley gorgeousness.
Exciting news inside the house too. I was given this Hippeastrum at Christmas, potted it up, watered it and have been watching it develop buds. I think it is supposed to be red and white stripes, but I will see when it opens. Last week, there was no sign of any colour in the buds except green, so it has come on quickly. Oooh, the anticipation...