The local go-to plant for January blooms seems to be the hellebore, sadly none of mine are open yet. You'd think my standing over them with camera in hand would have pushed the flowers over the edge into full bloom, but no. My disappointment over this, mixed with a healthy dose of spring fever, had me walking the isles yesterday at my neighborhood nursery - Garden Fever. Thankfully this sweet little Helleborus lividus 'White Marble' was willing to come home with me, thus breaking the "no flower" curse for this January Bloomday...
However as these things go the buying didn't stop there. You see as I walked past this Hamamelis x intermedia 'Early Bright' I was hit upside the head with the most amazing scent. I usually have great difficulty smelling witchhazel, but this little twig knocked me over with it's powerful fragrance...plus it was that pinky orange color I love...plus I had been considering adding a hamamelis to the garden. Sold!
Once home I looked it up online only to discover this downer of a description from Gossler Farms (they supplied Garden Fever with the plant): "Wow! What fragrance! H. 'Early Bright' has small orange-yellow flowers in January. The flowers aren't very exciting but the fragrance is probably the best of any hamamelis we've sniffed."...THE FLOWERS AREN'T VERY EXCITING. Are you telling me I finally bought a witchhazel but I managed to purchase one with boring flowers? I'm such a loser...
While the potted Acacia pravissima hasn't quite broke into flower yet.
The buds on Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Akebono’ are swelling, but still colorless.
And I don't think this Grevillea victoriae has the chutzpah to open anymore of its buds. It's still in shock from the cold.
I'm holding out hope for the Grevillea 'Suberb'...
And trying to do the same for Grevillea juniperina ‘Lava Cascade’ and ‘Molonglo’ both of which are covered in buds but appear to be dying from the center outward (more cold damage).
The Arctostaphylos x ‘Austin Griffiths' is just hours from bursting into full bloom, oddly it's the only one of my four arctostaphylos that has buds on it this year.
If my rather poor Bloomday showing has you wishing for more, visit May Dreams Gardens for links to all the blogs participating in the flower show this month.
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