We start in the back garden and I should make it clear that "almost flowers" count too, at least in my scorebook. Helleborus x ballardiae Pink Frost, almost flowering.
I think this one is Helleborus x 'Golden Sunrise'.
Loquat, Eriobotrya japonica, smells so good! In prior years I've not cared for the fragrance but this year I am really enjoying it.
A Facebook friend just posted photos of an orange edgeworthia starting to open it's small florets, mine isn't anywhere close to that. It's always running a few weeks behind the yellow flowered version in the front garden.
Fatsia polycarpa 'Needham's Lace'
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Rochester'
I stood there for a good 10 minutes inhaling the scent of this witch-hazel and snapping photos in the warmth of the January sun (!).
Thus you get three images, because I couldn't narrow it down any further.
I can't wait for the creamy yellow bells of Stachyurus salicifolius to open.
Out in the front garden now, and this one puzzled me for a moment. The foliage belongs to Grevillea rivularis, but the grevillea flowers are purple, and look nothing like this. Then I realized it was a tiny Fatsia japonica flower that had fallen into the grevillea foliage. I was so thrilled with this discovery however that I neglected to take a photo of the Fatis japonica!
Here's the beginning of a real Grevillea rivularis flower.
And here's the yellow flowering edgeworthia, E. chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold', just starting to open.
The hummingbirds will be happy for weeks as the individual flowers take their time opening.
I was surprised to see the Euphorbia rigida this advanced in their bloom cycle, then I looked back at 2019's January Bloomday and was assured everything is right on time.
Mahonia x media 'Charity' bloom snow.
And the blooms.
The first arctostaphylos to bloom is underway, A. x 'Austin Griffiths'.
The after-blooms of Salvia clevelandii...
And finally by the back door, Erica arborea 'Estrella Gold' refuses to move beyond this tiny bud stage (patience!)...
But the Calluna vulgaris 'Firefly' at it's "feet" is slightly more advanced.
As always click on over to May Dreams Gardens aka Carol J Michel for the round up of all the bloggers participating in this month's celebration of garden flowers.
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