January always seems to be such a long month. It is often grey and dreary, but then you get frosty nights and beautiful blue skies with sunshine which make up for it. Over the years, I have been trying to include plants for this time of year so I had a look round the garden the other day to see how things were going. Above is a hellebore, 'Hello Ruby' , which I bought from a shop called 'the range' (which does indeed have a wide range of things and is one of my favourites). This plant is still in the pot it came in and I will pot it on shortly. I was so pleased to see it in flower.
One of my favourites is Winter flowering honeysuckle, a shrubby plant which looks a bit tousled and even a bit scruffy in its form. However, in the winter, on a sunny day, the small white flowers release the most beautiful fragrance which smells like lily of the valley to me.
They may be small, but they pack a punch!
The ever reliable snowdrops are starting to make an appearance.
So are these patio peonies - I have planted two in the borders, but this one is still in a pot.
Camellia Yoimachi is looking lovely and is flowering away, giving a highlight to the bottom of the garden.
Lovely white flowers edged with pink.
A beautiful plant.
I think these may be alliums with crocuses or daffodils or grape hyacinths but it will be easier to tell in a week or two.
To finish, here's 'Hello Ruby' again. The hellebores in the borders are in bud but I don't think they are quite flowering yet. I probably should go and check...