This is the time of year when my winter honeysuckle (Lonicera x purpusii 'Winter Beauty') comes into its own. Each flower is tiny but so prolific they make quite a show against the back garden fence. As the border is quite narrow at this point, I've trained it against the fence using my Rosa 'Rambling Rector' as a support. As both of these plants are quite thuggish and I have a lot of fence to cover, it means they're good companions: providing interest from June through to March/April.
At any other time of the year, these flowers would be unremarkable, but my Muse Day quote still holds true and their presence on bare stems - plus their beautiful scent - makes them most welcome in February. I believe this year is the best yet in terms of their profusion.
It's the time of year when the wind still has a wintry breath, but on days such as yesterday the sun's warmth can be felt on one's back. Everywhere is waking up around the garden and there's carpets of snowdrops, crocuses, cyclamen, violas, primulas and winter aconites plus Clematis and Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' to be enjoyed in the sunshine.
Some of the berberis are bursting into leaf already and the birds have started their nest building. Spring's promise is on its way :)
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.