From left to right; top to bottom: a rather damp Viola; Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles'; Primula 'Cottage Cream'; Galanthus nivalis; Lonicera x purpusii 'Winter Beauty', Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'
After the cold and snow of the past few weeks, the thaw's set in just in time for this month's Blooms Day. I reckon January's the low point of the year gardenwise, with the fewest blooms to show you, so it's onwards and upwards from now on. Most of my flowers are really just buds, as the cold weather has made them shiver and close up for survival, but even perfectly formed buds are a cheerful sight at this time of the year.
I have just 2 plants in flower, the Violas in large pots close to the house, deliberately placed there so they can be viewed easily and to get a little extra warmth. Their delicate perfume can also be sniffed when I venture outside. The other bloom is Primula 'Cottage Cream' in flower since July. Both plants are looking a little frayed round the edges after their recent wintry onslaught, but are no less welcome for that. Finally, there's a portent of what's to come: aptly named snowdrops emerging sleepily from their icy duvet :)
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.