Yesterday passed me by without any awareness that it was the 15th of the month, the day traditionally chosen as GBBD, the meme hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens.When I went out with my camera today I was fully expecting any mid-December blooms to be merely apologies like battered and damp half-formed roses and the primroses shown above, or the not-quite-there promises of sarcococca, camellia and winter flowering honeysuckle (and photo shy buds of Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’) as shown below:
There was Monday vase’s jasmine, of course…
…and daily inspection of my special snowdrop border (see under The Garden tab above) has shown me that over 20 different varieties are already pushing their green noses up and that Reverend Hailstone and Faringdon Double have blooms are on the point of opening (oh, joy!):
I knew there were tiny spicks and specks of colour on a few of the witch hazels but I was completely unprepared for what I found today
SO hard (for me, that is) to photograph successfully because the camera struggles to choose what to focus on, please share my surprise at early blooming Hamamelis ‘Jelena’, ‘Orange Peel’ and ‘Magic Fire’, above. Have they really opened since yesterday, or did I somehow miss them on my frequent rambles? Oh what pleasure they will bring in the next couple of months as they are joined by my other winter flowering treasures, not forgetting my freckly friend either who will never outstay his welcome!