I was clearly not as observant as I thought, because the yesterday I found a further five blooms that I had missed in my eagerness to ramble in every corner of the garden after nearly a week’s absence. Hamamelis pallida (above and below) is my smallest and youngest witch hazel (five years here), and the only one that did not flower last year; in the woodland edge border, she and H ‘Arnold’s Promise’ are separated from the rest of my collection which centres around the streamside and paved area.
Also in the woodland edge border I found an unnamed H orientalis and under the apple trees were several clumps of primroses, albeit a bit raggedy:
I am not sure how I could have forgotten to check out the stalwart winter flowering honeysuckles, but it was probably due to their location. Lonicera purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ *below right) is tucked at the back of the shrub border against the fence, and Lonicera standishii ‘Budapest’ is one of several shrubs to be, or about to be, relocated. Despite fairly judicious pruning, Budapest was still too large for its position and therefore dug out, a small division being planted next to the shed to replace an ugly Lonicera fragrantissima and the remainder tucked in at the back of the woodland edge border where I was surprised to find it flowering (below left). Supposedly having pink-tinted blooms, last year was the first time any of them were remotely pinkish.
L fragrantissima was ousted, L ‘Budapest’ was moved and in due course I am also planning to move over-exuberant rose ‘The Poet’s Wife’ from its recommended front-of-border position further back and away from the adjacent path and bench; this will probably require a reciprocal move of something else, maybe Rosa ‘Harlow Carr’. I have not moved a mature rose before but her stature is getting beyond a joke and the operation is surely worth the risk; she is not yet, however, as tall as near-neighbour The Pilgrim, which must top six foot or so, and is another potential candidate for my relocation plans