January Bloomers

Witch Hazel Wm


Cold weather is forecast, but don’t despair.

This week’s sunshine prompted a stroll around the garden with a camera and there’s already plenty to see. The Witch Hazel above is still in its pot, purchased on a recent visit to the RHS garden at Rosemoor. I am a sucker for these. This one, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Robert’, has a spicy scent and will have leaves that turn red in the autumn.


Snowdrops Wm


The snowdrops were coming out there too


Hellebore Wm


Back at home I have hellebores


Primrose Wm




Skimmia Wm




Pulmonaria Wm




Camellia Wm


And with a bit of luck, it should be an excellent year for Camellia. They like a wet summer in the year before flowering!

As long as the buds get through next week’s frosts, I should be OK.


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  1. 1gus1 January 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! There are hellebores and witch hazel in our garden but I can’t face the trek across the sinking mud to get to them. It’s so encouraging to see signs of new life.

    • Jessica January 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm - Reply

      It certainly is! Sympathise re mud. I stuck to the paths but still had to get the wellies out.

  2. haggiz January 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos as usual. It was so nice to see the sun wasn’t it. Back to normal grey and rainy today. Never mind, the evenings are getting lighter already and it will soon be spring! Have a good weekend. Julie x

    • Jessica January 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      It will soon be spring. I am already late getting the seed catalogues out..

  3. Denise January 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh yes the snowdrops! Love the thought of Spring being on the way. Lifts the soul!

    • Jessica January 11, 2013 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      One day out in the sun has lifted my soul for the whole week Denise.

  4. Sue January 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    We walked thropugh our woods last weekend (well not actually ‘ours’ but neighbouring us on three sides) and there wasn’t a snowdrop to be seen maybe this week……

    There are always so many flowers if you take the time to look. We had lots of shoots in the back gardeny bit last week but I think the geese and the chickens have eaten them as they have all disappearred…..naughty birdies!!

    • Jessica January 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Naughty birdies are a problem, but a nice one to have nonetheless. This is why I had to use a photo we took of the Rosemoor snowdrops. Ours are looking distinctly tatty, thanks to my friend Ptolemy. A very naughty pheasant.

  5. ropcorn January 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Wow! That is absolutely beautiful to see! No flowers in Sweden yet, instead we have more snow on the way…

    • Jessica January 11, 2013 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      Us too I think… 🙁

  6. John January 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    Bugger all in my garden

    • Jessica January 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      I have to kid myself Spring is coming or this grey stuff will send me nuts..

  7. Jill Chandler. January 11, 2013 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Just shoots. Snow forecast tomorrow. Nice to see your lovely pics!

    • Jessica January 11, 2013 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      Brrr. Keep warm Jill. Will be nice to see your snow pics though!

  8. Simone January 11, 2013 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Wow!!! You have some lovely bloomers there! I can’t even get into my garden because the rain has swollen up the old wooden conservatory door!

    • Jessica January 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      We have the same problem with the back door. I have to ram my shoulder against it to open it, like the cops do on the telly!

  9. Anne January 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    You are way ahead of us! When we used to watch Gardeners’ World, we knew there was no point in paying attention to the “jobs to do this week” advice, as we would have to wait at least a month before we would be doing them!

    • Jessica January 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      I have the pleasure of saying to Monty every week “WHAT, you haven’t done that yet???”
      It has been very mild down here though. The witch hazel is now back in the shed until after the forecasted cold snap. I expect that will slow everything down again.

  10. BadPenny January 11, 2013 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    How lovely – not knowing about witch hazel at all but I have hellebores & am delighted to see all my tete a tete bulbs bursting forth. Took my mother a snowdrop walk last year.

    Love John’s comment !

    • Jessica January 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      It is lovely to see all the early spring flowers.. just hope the weather doesn’t now destroy them all!
      John always makes me smile.

  11. Lyn January 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    What beautiful flowers you are lucky to have so much in flower. And you are brave to even venture out there! I am sure I would find something in our garden if I looked hard enough but we are quite far north and spring is a long time coming here! Xxx

    • Jessica January 11, 2013 at 10:44 pm - Reply

      I am a fair weather gardener Lyn – the sun was shining!
      Spring may be a long time coming but you have such wonderful landscape around you. There is ample compensation!

  12. Anny January 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    It’s been too damned dark to take pics on my morning walks this week, but I’ve noticed blossomy type things on a tree, yellow flowers on a patch of gorse and some strange, liver coloured fungi on a tree trunk – you can tell what a magnificent naturalist I am can’t you! – but at least I notice things.

    • Jessica January 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Enjoyment of nature is far more important than long latin names, most of which I don’t know either. Unless I’ve still got the label.

  13. CherryPie January 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    It is all looking very pretty I must go and check if my snowdrops are out.

    • Jessica January 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      If not, you have the pleasure still to come!

  14. starproms January 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Now that’s interesting about the Camellia. Mine is also doing really well after last summer’s sogginess! You are further on there that we are, here in Bedfordshire. I have helleborus but not yet in flower, snowdrops just starting to open. The winter jasmine seems to be doing well. No primroses yet.

    • Jessica January 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Not having lived in the South West very long, it’s interesting to see how things behave differently. We were driving south through Cornwall a week ago and saw daffodils, the large ones, fully open by the roadside!

  15. Rosie January 12, 2013 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    How lovely! I always think plants seem so fragile at this time of year but the very sight of them lifts the spirits. I hope your camelias survive the frosts:)

    • Jessica January 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      It’s part of their charm, fragile and fleeting.

  16. elizabethm January 12, 2013 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    I have all of those in my garden too but only the witch hazel looks anything like yours! I come and go to Devon a lot as my parents, sister and her family and my son and daughter in law all live down there. You are about a fortnight ahead in the South west of us up here on the hills of North Wales! I have to hold onto all this good stuff in January and February. I am really trying to enjoy winter now so as not to wish my life away but it goes on a bit long!

    • Jessica January 13, 2013 at 10:32 am - Reply

      I feel exactly as you do about winter. This one is particularly bad because it’s so wet. I can usually get out and do some clearing up, even in Jan/Feb, but this year the soil is just too soggy to walk on.

  17. Josephine January 13, 2013 at 12:48 am - Reply

    It’s lovely to see the buds and flowers springing to life, so encouraging !
    Yours are just so pretty.

    • Jessica January 13, 2013 at 10:33 am - Reply

      Thanks Jo, sights like these keep me going!

  18. elaine January 13, 2013 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Lovely winter bloomers – no sign of my snowdrops yet – everything seems to be a bit behind this year – all I’ve got are cabbages – not terribly pretty I must admit!

    • Jessica January 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Nothing in the veggie garden at all for me.. 🙁

  19. Modern Country Style January 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    We didn’t have anything in bloom properly last time I ventured in our back garden (I reserve January for the buying of plants, rather than gardening, on the whole!!)

    I’m in the South but I’m sure not as much is flowering here as where you are – will have to pop out tomorrow!


    • Jessica January 14, 2013 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      No, it’s got far too cold for gardening! Time to find some seed catalogues to peruse indoors.

  20. peakwalker May 23, 2018 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    So far I have enjoyed your first six months (6 years after the event), especially as I am about to start on my own garden rescue plan, but not quite at your scale. Only one problem I already have a growing list of plants I would like in my small plot and posts like this are just adding to my expanding spreadsheet of plants to research and try growing.

    • Jessica May 23, 2018 at 10:56 pm - Reply

      We are spoilt for choice aren’t we. There is just so much on offer it’s hard to choose, but great fun experimenting. Everyone tells you to properly analyse your space and choose the plants to best suit the conditions. But even that isn’t guaranteed. I am slowly learning what works here and much of it has been down to trial and error. I was thinking today (after witnessing yet another slug related disaster) that perhaps I should just cover the whole plot with persicaria. It grows, spreads and nothing seems to eat it!
      It’s great to hear from you, thank you and welcome.

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