They are the stalwarts that keep the nectar larder stocked up over the winter months. They are also the reliable plants. The ones that can bring a little bit of life back into a border and give some winter interest on a cold and dull January day.
Last month I focused on showing you some of the winter interest plants with with ornamental stems in the post – This Garden is Not Asleep while today it’s all about the flowers!
What’s in bloom in January in my garden today?
Certainly not as much as in January 2012 as back then it had been unseasonably warm and I had Iris reticulata in flower! From an 8 foot tall canopy are bare branches festooned with colourful coppery reddish orange ribbons. Each year the unscented Witch hazel Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ just gets better and better with its frost resistant flowers.
A much smaller and slower growing scented witch hazel ‘Diane’ unwraps its red ruby ribbons. It’s still not a bobby dazzler ……………….but in time it will become a great focal point of winter interest in the garden.
While in among the stones in the scree border are the lowly stems of the late winter flowering pink Cyclamen coum.