The Bloomers: January


Hamamelis mollis ‘Jermyn’s Gold’

Every year in January, when they are in bloom, I buy a new witch hazel. Coppery coloured ‘Robert’ and deep red ‘Diane’ already have their places in the garden; this year’s addition is a beautiful golden yellow. It’s supposed to be one of the more highly scented cultivars but, nope, I still can’t smell it.

At least with its vibrant colour it will stand out well. Something to cheer me up on these cold dreary winter days. When I started this post a thunderstorm was crashing around the cottage. Do we have thunderstorms in January? Apparently we do. With abundant hail. It was followed by sleet, snow and a wonderful (if brief) spell of glorious sunshine.

And now we are in the grips of a gale.


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Camellia japonica

Stealing most of the limelight at the moment is an inherited camellia, flowering a good month earlier than last year.


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It hasn’t entirely escaped weather related damage, but there are plenty more buds still to come.


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Eranthis cilicica

As winter aconites start to emerge I’m wondering if I should try to establish a drift of them under the camellia. How well they would pick up the golden stamens of those blooms. The current array is an experimental and somewhat restricted planting, to see how they resist the attentions of the mice and the pheasant’s beak. They stand out like glittering jewels after the rain, just glorious, but hard for my feathered friend to miss methinks.


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Saxifraga ‘Touran Lime Green’ and Sedum spurium

‘Touran Lime Green’ has produced at least one flower every month since last Spring. Even now there are blooms on show.


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Skimmia japonica

Getting ready to open close by, the skimmia buds provide good contrast to the saxifrage and echo the russet leaves of that sedum too. How lucky a fluke was that?


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Galanthus nivalis

Snowdrops. How can we resist them. There are thousands naturalised across the woodland, still tightly in bud, but in full sun on the terraces these have been open for a few days now. And they have already attracted the beady avian eye.


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Galanthus ‘Jacquenetta’

I’m taking no such chances with this one. My first ever ‘special’. A new purchase last year, it got almost to the point of opening and then mysteriously gave up the ghost. It now lives in a pot in the cold frame and has been cosseted ever since. This is the reward. The trouble is, it’s a slippery slope. A single bloom of such beauty can leave a person wanting more. And by this year’s standards the tenner I paid for it seems extraordinarily cheap!


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Erica carnea ‘Nathalie’

With the benefit of acid soil, the winter flowering heathers are coming into their own. There are more spectacular plants in the garden but their spreading habit provides excellent ground cover and much needed colour at this time of the year. It’s a replacement for the one that ‘accidentally’ fell victim to Mike’s spade last autumn.


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Erica (inherited, variety unknown)


What with one thing and another, somehow I’ve managed to miss the last three Bloom Day posts.

But it’s a new year and a new season beckons. Whilst the weather may be miserable for a little while yet we can take comfort in the fact that Spring really is just around the corner.


What do you say we get this show on the road?


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Helleborus ‘Penny’s Pink’


Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens (here), where you will find many other January bloomers from around the world.


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  1. threadspider January 15, 2015 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Lovely, lovely and lovely.i so want that snowdrop but I’m NOT going to start collecting- ….*puts credit card in safe underground storage bunker*. I’m very tempted to add a Camellia to the mix here-yours looks so good, but I find I always end up with a Spring Garden and I’m trying to focus on late season plants . Perhaps there’s room for a little one, tho.
    Isn’t it good to feel Spring is whispering to us ?

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      It is indeed whispering, I am determined to hold on to it and not be knocked off course by the horizontal hail!

  2. Jo January 15, 2015 at 10:13 am - Reply

    You’ve done so well to get so much interest in your garden in January, there’s lots of delights there. I can see you’re on a slippery slope with those snowdrops, once you get bitten by the bug there’ll be no hope for you and have you seen the price of some of them?

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      I have, it’s mind blowing. I stopped looking at £40 for one bulb and somehow I know that’s still bottom end. Can you just imagine what the mice would make of them too. Caviar!

  3. Sue@GLAllotments January 15, 2015 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Have you sniffed the witch hazel on an evening maybe it releases it;s perfume then. Also some flowers only release perfume when the conditions are right e.g. still and calm

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      My latest one is stored temporarily in the greenhouse Sue. Tomorrow when, hopefully, the wind has abated I will venture out and see what I can sniff when I open the door.

  4. Lea January 15, 2015 at 11:25 am - Reply

    So very lovely, every one of them!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      Hi Lea, thank you. It feels as though the garden is starting to respond to the longer days and there is so much more waiting in the wings.

  5. Mark and Gaz January 15, 2015 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Fabulous selection and lovely sight for winter weary eyes!

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      They are getting weary now aren’t they, looks like the weather is taking a turn for the worse.

  6. wherefivevalleysmeet January 15, 2015 at 11:35 am - Reply

    The Galanthus ‘Jacquenetta’ is gorgeous and beautifully captured on your camera. I do wonder why they charge such extortionate prices for species and cultivar snowdrops?

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      Presumably because they are rare and collectors are prepared to pay the price. I just know what will happen if I spend serious money on one. Something will eat it.

  7. AnnetteM January 15, 2015 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Lovely, lovely photos – especially that single snowdrop. I haven’t started collecting yet, but I am tempted.

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      I’m tempted in a small way. I don’t see the point of having two so similar we can only tell the difference through a magnifying glass.

  8. Helen Johnstone January 15, 2015 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I am feeling the need for another witch hazel although the one I have ‘Arnold Promise’ doesnt seem to be flowering that well this year, and wasnt that good last year.
    On the BBC news this morning they were explaining about thunder snow its meant to be quite rare but spectaular.
    Galathophiles I know advocate planting the snowdrops out in the ground, apparently they dont do well long term in pots. Some of them use the baskets you use to plant out in ponds in as it helps you find the snowdrop bulbs in the border.

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      My plan is to grow them on for a year or so in pots, until they are established, and then plant them out in wire cages to defend them against the mice. The trouble is, the irises I used as a pilot for this method are now pushing up and having their tops nipped off.. I’m going to need cages above ground too!!
      We may well have had thunder snow Tuesday night.. lots of lightening, woke up to snow. I’d love to see it happen in daylight.

  9. Sue January 15, 2015 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Lovely to see so much colour in your garden at this time of year, you really do have magic green fingers 🙂

    Your Snowdrop is absolutely beautiful, we have lots (although much more bog standard than your beauty) coming out in view of the kitchen window and it is so refreshing to see their little white faces in amongst the grass.

    It does however, remind me of last years Garden Club talk on snowdrops. An hour of looking at slides and then passing specimens round the room saw me struggling to stay awake and not wanting to see another one for a long time … now if it had been about vegetables THAT would have been a different matter 😉

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      A lot of snowdrops do seem to be quite alike. I can see the attraction of a small collection of the more remarkable ones, but the best sight for me still remains great drifts of them naturalising in the wild. Not really feasible at hundreds of pounds for one bulb!

  10. Marian St.Clair January 15, 2015 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Beautifully captured. And all look so fresh and perky. I like the vibrant witch hazel you picked for your collection.

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      I’m looking forward to planting it. I wanted one that would stand out and that I could admire from the house.. without going outside in the cold and wet.

  11. Christina January 15, 2015 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    I’ve never been able to smell most Witch Hazels either; but they are a lovely sight in winter even without the perfume. The Camellia is lovely too, I don’t like the doubles so much but the singles add such strong colour in winter, I’m considering putting one in a pot under the wisteria on the terrace as there’s nowhere else shady enough where I could give it enough water. You have a great show of colour.

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      I have a double that blooms much later, planted under a cherry tree where it looks spectacular alongside the delicate pink. But otherwise I would agree. The central boss of stamens adds so much.

  12. Vintage Jane January 15, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    It all looks so beautiful. Note to self: I must try harder with our teeny garden this year!

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      It will reward the time you put into it and most importantly give you a nice space in which to sit and relax!

  13. justjilluk January 15, 2015 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for the pictures. I have lots of bulbs coming up budding. The small daffodil, no good on names. But other than them no colour.

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      Tete a tete? Small daffodils are lovely, much better than the old blowsy ones.

  14. pbmgarden January 15, 2015 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    I’ve learned so much from this post. You’ve featured some lovely and interesting plants and I have to mention your Galanthus ‘Jacquenetta’ is amazing.

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks Susie. The snowdrop is lovely isn’t it. I hadn’t noticed the stamens until we took the photograph.

  15. Chloris January 15, 2015 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Lovely winter plants. That is a gorgeous Camellia. I love witch hazels too. When you buy a new one and bring it home in the car it smells gorgeous. It smells lovely if you can bring yourself to cut it and bring it into the house. Somehow the scent gets lost in the garden. I have Jacquenetta too, but no sign of her yet. Now you have me worried, I ‘ d better go and check.

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      Oh, I hope your Jacquenetta has survived. Mine lives in the cold frame at the moment, so it might be ahead of where it would be in the ground.

  16. SeagullSuzie January 15, 2015 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Ooh you have made me feel so ‘gardeny’ right now. How lovely to have all these things in bloom or just about to bloom. My new garden has plenty to show for itself and I think it will eventually be lovely (it’s just a bit twee right now). There seem to be a lot of bulbs coming up. I’m starting to think of what might look good and have been watching the Great Garden Revival for inspiration.

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      It’s a great time to take on a new garden, so exciting to see what comes up in Spring. Don’t be too quick to dig it up, twee or not. There may be a lot of good things still to show themselves.

  17. hoehoegrow January 15, 2015 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Oh yum yum to the hamamelis! they look so gorgeous and I don’t even possess one ! i think yours have decided me ! My plan this year is to buy a plant in bloom every month, so that I have guaranteed colour all year (a tough job but someone’s got to do it !). It was on someone’s blog – soz can’t remember whose, but it is originally an idea of Geoff Hamilton’s. fab idea and now I know what I will be buying. Which one do you recommend Jessica ?

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      You’re thinking of Jo’s blog (The Good Life). I bought a new plant a month last year following on from her lead. It’s a good idea. As to which witch hazel… it depends whether you want scent (go for H. mollis cultivars) or a particular colour. Personally I prefer the orangey reds but the yellows stand out more so you can admire them from afar i.e. inside the house! Look at Chloris’ blog.. I have fallen head over heels for ‘Vesna’.

  18. Cathy January 15, 2015 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Beautiful, beautiful hamamelis. I do enjoy seeing other people’s pictures of them (I have one tiny ‘Pallida’ here) Glad Helen mentioned that about snowdrops in pots. I was told that too, and have also experienced first hand (with a previous snowdrop collection). But it’s a tricky one isn’t it? Your ‘Jacquenetta is too lovely to lose, I think. Thanks for the cheering pics!

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      Yes, I will worry a lot when I put her out but she’ll go in a wire cage to protect her from the mice as best I can!

  19. Denise January 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    So, if you could look after a National Collection, Jess, which plant would you choose to collect?

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      Now then. That is like asking David Attenborough to name his favourite animal. I’ve tried to decide by thinking about the first plants I would dig up if we were to move. Probably the Cornus kousa trees, although they’ve undoubtedly got too big already. They are smothered in gorgeous flowers in May and June. Then berries in late summer followed by stunning autumn colour. But come back and ask me again tomorrow. By then it’ll be something else.

  20. Jacqueline January 15, 2015 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Ahhhhh …. the garden is waking up Jessica although, it seems to me that your’s doesn’t even have a nap …… you always seem to have something coming out in your garden. That shows what a great gardener you are. Have you been watching all of the gardening programmes that are on at the moment ? I can’t get enough of them !! … I always learn something ! XXXX

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      I’ve missed way too many, thank goodness for iplayer!
      The garden has looked very miserable indeed for the last couple of months, it’s a real pleasure to see it waking up.

  21. Loree / danger garden January 15, 2015 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    People would go on and on about the smell of witch hazel and I got nothing! Then one day when I walked by one at a nursery and actually smelled it, without even trying, well…that’s the one I bought.

    Lovely photo of your Galanthus ‘Jacquenetta’.

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 10:34 pm - Reply

      I really wish I could smell it, but looks alone are enough. There are plenty of scented alternatives to choose from at this time of year. I’ll just plant a sarcococca next to it and pretend!

  22. Dorothy @ The Nature of Things January 15, 2015 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Beautiful January blooms and wonderful photography as always. Happy Bloom Day!

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 10:35 pm - Reply

      Thanks Dorothy. Wish I had the variety of blooms that you have!

  23. islandthreads January 15, 2015 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    you have many beautiful blooms for this time of year Jessica, and I love the beauty of your close up photos, I hope you and your beautiful blooms have survived the thunder and hail, Frances

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      Thanks Frances. I will dread going out to look tomorrow. It is another wild night again tonight..

  24. Alison January 15, 2015 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Happy GBBD! I recently saw a bunch of Skimmia in pots at a local nursery, and wondered if they were winter bloomers. I need more of that kind of thing.

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 10:44 pm - Reply

      The buds form up several weeks before the blooms actually break and personally I find them more attractive than the flowers. Further up country a few years ago I would use them in Christmas wreaths and decorations but oddly in the milder south west the buds seem to plump up much later.

  25. frayed at the edge January 15, 2015 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful collection of plants!! The way the wind is blowing today, we will be lucky if we have any garden left in the morning. The rowan tree in the front garden was starting to rock earlier, which is a bit worrying!

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      It has been very wild.. if you find a new camellia in your garden tomorrow morning would you return it please.

  26. Cathy January 15, 2015 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Fantastic photos, Jessica – and what a lovely new golden witch hazel. I believe it’s the warmth that will bring the fragrance out on those that do have a fragrance. I have to confess my last year’s Jacquenetta did not return ( I have lifted the aquatic basket to check…) but shhh… I have just bought another from eBay (must be daft!) 😉

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      I must try eBay. The one I’m looking for at the moment is ‘Grumpy’. Avon bulbs sold out almost before they opened for business this year.

  27. CJ January 15, 2015 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    I love witch hazel, it’s quite magical isn’t it. And camellias, they always look so exotic, and yet here they are in the depths of winter. They are some of my favourites. (I know I say that a lot, but they are). Your snowdrop photos are stunning. I always think of snowdrops as the first flowers of the season. The show is on the road. CJ xx

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 10:52 pm - Reply

      I have exactly the same feeling about snowdrops. They alone are responsible for getting my garden mojo back. It all goes a bit downhill when things start to die back in November.

  28. Amy at love made my home January 15, 2015 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    So many fabulous blooms!! Your (Mike’s?) snowdrop pictures are incredible, especially the one of the special against the blue sky like that! A really wonderful image. The camellias look beautiful too! I have never grown a witch hazel, but I love the flowers on them, they definitely don’t look real to me! xx

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 10:55 pm - Reply

      Anything that manages to flower in January has to have a bit of magic about it doesn’t it. I can’t wait for the witch hazels to establish themselves into decent sized trees, sadly they are very slow growing.

  29. Julie January 15, 2015 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Some beautiful photographs of some beautiful plants Jessica. I haven’t understood the fuss about snow drops but your Galanthus ‘Jacquenetta’ is really lovely. We’ve had an odd selection of weather this week but it feels hopeful.

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 11:04 pm - Reply

      I still don’t really understand the fuss about snowdrops. I just want a few that are different to build up small clumps somewhere I can easily see them. But mostly I’ll continue to plant the common ones, just because I really like to see them en masse.

  30. paxton3 January 15, 2015 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Some lovely colours and textures. My garden is woeful 🙁 although there are a few Anemones and the japonica is looking good. I adore your with hazel.
    Leanne xx

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 11:09 pm - Reply

      Thanks Leanne. Most of the garden here is still looking woeful. I’ve had to hunt down the jewels. The weather has certainly taken its toll.

  31. paxton3 January 15, 2015 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Forgot to say..lovely white Hellebores for sale at my local Lidl for 2.99!!! Wonder if they’d stock them near you too? xx

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 11:13 pm - Reply

      Good grief. I paid three times that for one last week. Definitely worth looking out, thanks for the tip!

  32. Kris P January 15, 2015 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    With the description of your horrid winter weather, I was surprised to see so many wonderful blooms. Congratulations on the snowdrop! It’s so beautiful it makes me want to grow snowdrops (a practical impossibility here). Your Camellia japonica is well ahead of mine – and I was blaming the cold here for that delay. Happy GBBD Jessica!

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 11:17 pm - Reply

      I was a bit sneaky, we took the photographs a couple of days ago, before the worst of the weather hit. The camellia is looking even more ragged now, but the heathers just sail on through. Nothing seems to ruffle their feathers, even slightly.

  33. Suzanne January 15, 2015 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Quite envious of your weather. Still in the grips of winter here for many more weeks to come.
    Lovely of you to share your blooms, looking great!

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 11:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks Suzanne. The last couple of days it’s been very wintery. The snow didn’t last, but replaced by hail storms and bitter winds. If I didn’t hold on fast to the prospect of Spring I’d go mad.

  34. Janet/Plantaliscious January 15, 2015 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Love your snowdrops. And that witch hazel… I just can’t get on with winter aconites though. Too yellow, for me, at this time of year. That camellia is very pretty. What happened to me not liking pale pink flowers?! Hope it has survived the gales…

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 11:28 pm - Reply

      If you are going pink then I am going yellow. Used to avoid the colour like the plague but increasingly it is finding its way in. In small doses and in the right place. Although to be honest I’ll embrace any colour going in winter.

  35. Freda January 15, 2015 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Pink and yellow? Bright pink and bright yellow? Christopher Lloyd loved these together (so who am I not to like them?) Stunning plants and photographs Jessica – you have very green fingers and are months ahead of us it seems. Beautiful.

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 11:34 pm - Reply

      Freda, I should take your lead when it comes to colour. I just thought something a bit vibrant to blow away the winter blues??

  36. Brian Skeys January 15, 2015 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    I think Heathers make a useful contribution to the winter garden. RHS Harlow Carr has some wonderful borders with heathers and conifers.
    I have only visited RHS Rosemoor in the summer, do they have any?
    Penny’s Pink epitomises the promise of Spring.

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 11:38 pm - Reply

      I’m sure they must have Brian, especially if they share our slightly acidic clay. There is a rather wonderful winter garden which majors on scent and now you’ve made me think of it I realise it’s overdue a visit.

  37. hb January 15, 2015 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Marvelous flowers, almost none of which grows here, except the Camellia. A treat to see them, and beautifully photographed.

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 11:47 pm - Reply

      It is just as much a treat for me to see your magnificent Californian blooms. And what I would give to have abundant roses in January, especially with a hummingbird nesting in one of them.

  38. Jennifer January 15, 2015 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    I am just amazed at your gardening prowess. These are all beautiful. I am especially intrigued by the witch hazel, which I’ve never seen in real life, only photos. The acid yellow color is stunning.

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 11:51 pm - Reply

      In the fullness of time it will grow into a small tree, then they really are stunning. It’s oh so slow though. The witch hazel I planted in my last garden reached about five feet over ten years.

  39. Charlie@Seattle Trekker January 15, 2015 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    That was just about perfect on this cold winter day…I so needed to see your photo series of winter bloomers.

    • Jessica January 15, 2015 at 11:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks Charlie. The weather is terrible here. I’m glad we took the photos when we did. There’s been a howling gale ever since!

  40. Beth @ PlantPostings January 16, 2015 at 3:53 am - Reply

    Oh, to have outdoor blooms in January! Or even February! No, I will not see outdoor blooming plants until March. But I will survive by virtually viewing your lovelies and coddling my indoor plants. Happy GBBD!

    • Jessica January 16, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      Oh Beth, the winter months are hard for me too. The little pockets of colour that exist in the garden keep me going because the long view is pretty miserable it has to be said.

  41. Peter/Outlaw January 16, 2015 at 5:57 am - Reply

    Gorgeolicious! Your idea of growing a mass of Eranthis cilicica beneath your camellia is inspired! Love it and may borrow it myself. Your Galanthus ‘Jacquenetta’ is a beauty and your picture of it against the blue sky is fabulous! Happy GBBD to you!

    • Jessica January 16, 2015 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      The blue sky was a rare moment! I’m glad we managed to capture it 🙂

  42. Jane and Lance Hattatt January 16, 2015 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Hello Jessica,

    Your array of Winter bloomers is impressive indeed. Such a variety in both form and colour and the tonic needed in the garden when the days seem very grey and dreary.

    It never fails to amaze us how intrepid and sturdy these Winter flowering plants are. The Camellias, in particular, look far too fragile to weather the gales, hail and snow but they manage somehow. And, what a treat they are with their luxuriant, brightly coloured flowers and gloriously green foliage. A carpet of Aconites sounds wonderful. When one sees this in the semi wild, there is something so uplifting about their golden flowers shining through on even the dreariest of days.

    But, oh, what a slippery slope it is towards being a Galanthophile. So many Snowdrops…….can one ever have enough?!

    • Jessica January 16, 2015 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      It amazes me too that the camellia seems to throw off all that winter can throw at it. The exception is a hard frost. It gets the sun from mid morning so sometimes the blooms do suffer. But I can see it from the kitchen window and it never fails to brighten my day. The aconites will just add to it, I hope. The slight problem is that the pheasant, in previous years, has used this spot as a lunchtime basking place. If he has a fondness for aconites lunch may be a little too close to hand.

  43. Linda P January 16, 2015 at 10:52 am - Reply

    An uplifting post as I love to see what’s growing in your garden just now and your photos are always super. You have such a variety of plants, but those you grow in the woodland area I particularly enjoy seeing.

    • Jessica January 16, 2015 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      The woodland is rapidly becoming my favourite area too. Especially when the bulbs come to the fore. Thanks Linda.

  44. young at heart January 16, 2015 at 11:41 am - Reply

    So beautiful ….especially on such a dull morning!!

    • Jessica January 16, 2015 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks. It is certainly dull at the moment.

  45. snowbird January 16, 2015 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    I do love that Camellia, how pretty, and your darling snowdrop really is special! I can never smell my wtich hazel either!xxx

    • Jessica January 16, 2015 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      I live in fear that the mice will get the snowdrop..

  46. Rosie January 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous blooms – I hope your jewel like winter aconites do escape the pheasant’s beak:)

    • Jessica January 16, 2015 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      When I was looking them up on the internet some sites said they were poisonous, so perhaps birds avoid them? There is plenty of other food around for Ptolemy. He was back under the bird table again this week.

  47. Sarah January 16, 2015 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Wonderful seeing the delights from your garden. That snowdrop looks so special too. Sarah x

    • Jessica January 16, 2015 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      It’s a beauty Sarah, and so far has lasted about a week in the cold frame.

  48. Em January 16, 2015 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    That Galanthus is amazing. They’re all beautiful but I do have to go away and leave them to load with our terrible broadband! x

    • Jessica January 16, 2015 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      Sorry Em. I thought ours was the crappiest broadband in the land. Why our bit of the country, that’s what I want to know.

  49. angiesgardendiaries January 16, 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Glad to read I’m not the only one that doesn’t get the scent from the witch hazel.
    I was given a couple of bulbs of G. Jaquenetta last year, it will bloom in the next couple of weeks – I hadn’t appreciated how pretty it is til I saw your picture. I’m excited about seeing it now.
    Yours is the 2nd blog I’ve read with Eranthis in bloom and I was hoping to buy some in pots this year, I’d best get my finger out and do some garden centre hopping.

    • Jessica January 16, 2015 at 10:19 pm - Reply

      It must be an extremely subtle scent. My new acquisition has been in the greenhouse for a few days now, sheltering from the wind. I went and opened the door expecting to be met by a wave of fragrance. Not a thing.
      Enjoy your Jacquenetta!

  50. Amy January 16, 2015 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    They’re just beautiful, Jessica! It’s wonderful how they can brave the storms. Don’t get me started on snowdrops and aconite; I will only say what a burst of brilliance that witch hazel is. Of course, I just double-checked The Book (my western gardening guide, which I am already flouting in several cases). It appears that I had better not try witch hazel either… In any case, your pictures are lovely to look at 😉

    • Jessica January 16, 2015 at 10:25 pm - Reply

      But there are so many things that you can grow that I would only dream about! It’s always worth experimenting. But possibly not with witch hazel, certainly if it is as expensive in the states as it is here!

  51. Helene January 17, 2015 at 12:33 am - Reply

    Ah, your Galanthus ‘Jacquenetta’ is a beauty – never seen one like that! I have a few special snowdrops too, my goodness they are expensive when you think of it, one measly snowdrop for the price of 100 Galanthus nivalis. But it is addictive….I got 5 Galanthus plicatus ‘Warham’, they are supposed to get quite tall and with large foliage. Planet them in pots today, not taking any chances! But I mostly have the common ones, single and double, they are quite cheap bought in the green, £9 for 100 single and £11 for 100 double Flore Pleno bought online. Not bad.
    Happy GBBD!

    • Jessica January 18, 2015 at 11:02 am - Reply

      They do look wonderful massed together, common or not. They still haven’t opened in the woodland, but there are more buds showing every day. Won’t be long!

  52. Alain January 17, 2015 at 4:27 am - Reply

    Your photos are magnificent. You make the ordinary look rare – a case in point is your photo of snowdrops with the black background.

    • Jessica January 18, 2015 at 11:04 am - Reply

      I was quite pleased with that photo, it’s against the house wall which at the very bottom is painted black. One of the advantages of having terraces is that you can get eye level with small delicate flowers from the level below. I was just pleased that the blooms didn’t look as pheasant pecked as they are!

  53. Suffolk Pebbles January 17, 2015 at 10:36 am - Reply

    I am longing for my helleborus to flower – that pink variety is gorgeous. I love the witch hazel too, but possibly too much for my small seaside garden …

    • Jessica January 18, 2015 at 11:08 am - Reply

      Witch hazel is very slow growing. It sounds as though you are quite close to the sea though, I don’t know how well they would cope with salt spray.

  54. Indie Redhousegarden January 17, 2015 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Oh, what beautiful flowers! Witch hazels are on my list for my new garden, so pretty. I don’t collect snowdrops (I have enough plants to buy with my clematis obsession), but yours are gorgeous! I don’t have a single thing blooming in my garden – too cold and snowy here, so I enjoy your beautiful flower pictures!

    • Jessica January 18, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply

      It is all too easy to get into collecting mode! I fall in love with one and end up getting lots more slightly different varieties of the same thing. Been there with heuchera, geums, persicaria….. snowdrops and clematis could easily follow.

  55. Anna January 17, 2015 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    So envious of you having easy access to that carpet of a thousand snowdrops Jessica! I was looking to see if you have a contact email address but can’t find one. I may be able to provide you with a couple of other ‘special’ companions for Jacquenetta 🙂 If interested you can always contact me at

    My ‘Penny’s Pink’ looks at a very similar stage to yours. I’m most smitten but would also like to track down her sister and my namesake ‘Anna’s Red’.

    • Jessica January 18, 2015 at 11:18 am - Reply

      Thanks Anna! I will email you.
      Very nearly purchased ‘Anna’s Red’ at the same time as the witch hazel, at Rosemoor. It could well be worth looking on the RHS site to see if they have it there too. The only thing that prevented me was having already got another in a very similar tone. But hey, garden is big enough to spread them out isn’t it??

  56. woolythyme January 17, 2015 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    oh, Jessica!!! that Galanthus!!! SWOON!!!! All I have in my garden at the moment is mud.

    • Jessica January 18, 2015 at 11:20 am - Reply

      Ah yes, mud. I can tell you all about mud!

  57. elaine January 18, 2015 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Delicious photographs – so much in flower at the moment – you must have a nice little micro climate in your garden. The snowdrops are to die for.

    • Jessica January 18, 2015 at 11:23 am - Reply

      The south side of the house where the terraces are definitely has its own microclimate. It helps that the land slopes down away from it too, so cold air doesn’t have anywhere to linger. Venture out beyond it though and the cold wind doth blow!

  58. Natalie January 18, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

    I’m a fan of Erica carnea ‘Nathalie’! 🙂 This pics makes me think of living in BC, where I could grow heather and also witch hazel! Nothing blooming here right now except the cyclamen and clivia in my house!! LOvely photos, as always.

    • Jessica January 18, 2015 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      I was thinking of you when I included that one, even if it is spelt wrong!

  59. Linda January 18, 2015 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Beautiful Jessica!
    So nice to see come colour over here in our world of white!
    Linda :o)

    • Jessica January 18, 2015 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      It’s about to get a lot colder here too..

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