Six on Saturday. January Delights.

Storm Malik is making photography a bit fuzzy today but it is mild and these January blooms bring so much pleasure. In the greenhouse I have adorable hoop petticoat daffodils. This one Narcissus ‘Mary Poppins’ has increased nicely since I bought it. She is a lovely creamy white.

Narcissus bulbocodium ‘Mary Poppins’

Outside I have great drifts of the buttercup yellow cups of Winter Aconite, Eranthis hyemalis. Some people find this quite difficult to establish but once it gets going it seeds everywhere. It is one of the delights of January.

Eranthis hyemalis

I can’t talk about January flowers without mentioning snowdrops. But because I have a lot of different ones and can talk about them about at length, and frequently do, I will try and be disciplined here and just mention two. And for those of you who think that all snowdrops look alike, I hope these two will persuade you that they don’t. The first is ‘Galanthus ‘Trumps’ with the distinctive green marks on the outer petals.

Galanthus ‘Trumps’

The next one has flowers which are a delightful balloon shape and look as if they are made of seersucker. It is called Galanthus ‘Diggory’.

Galanthus ‘Diggory’

A lot of people grow winter flowering honeysuckle for its wonderful scent. Lonicera fragrantissima makes rather a sprawling bush. Lonicera purpusii is probably better. But one you don’t see so often is Lonicera elisae, it seems to be quite rare. It makes a much more compact bush and the long, hairy, tubular flowers are very pretty and of course, strongly fragrant.

Lonicera elisae

One of my favourite winter flowering trees is just coming into bloom now. It is the white form of Japanese Apricot and it has delightful semi- double flowers which are almond scented It is called Prunus mume ”Omoi-no-mama’ which apparently means ‘Memories of Mama’. I grow it in front of the black stems of Cornus kesselringii.

Prunus mume ‘Omoi -no-mama’

I am finishing with my favourite winter flowering shrub which scents the whole of the front garden. It is the peerless Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ It is quite windy in my front garden and she always loses all her leaves in winter. I think she looks much better like this with a mass of beautiful flowers. Because I love this so much and daphnes are short-lived I have it in other parts of the garden too. Elsewhere it is more sheltered and they hang on to their leaves but the flowers don’t stand out nearly so well. I have other daphnes but Jacqueline is queen of them all.

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’

I am not a great fan of winter but this year January has been mild and often sunny. And although winter goes on for a long time I adore plants that bloom in the darkest months. And so many of them are fragrant too. I have kept to the rules this week as I am joining in with The Propagator’s meme, Six on Saturday and one has to be disciplined. Well, I have almost managed to stick to the rules, apart from slipping in an extra snowdrop. But there are plenty more winter blooms to enjoy at this time of the year, if you live in the UK January doesn’t have to be flowerless.

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43 Responses to Six on Saturday. January Delights.

  1. bcparkison says:

    Make way… Spring is on the way.

  2. Noelle says:

    What a delightful six for the end of January. Your Daphne is a very lovely specimen.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you. Yes the daphne is fabulous, I see passers by stopping to sniff the air, wondering where the wonderful scent is coming from.

      • Noelle says:

        I just love walking past good front gardens. In the winter when country paths become too muddy, I love to take my walks and note special plants that do well in the locality.

  3. Heyjude says:

    Your Daphne is fabulous! I can only imagine the scent. I hope my Winter Aconites spread about – so far I have only counted 7 flowers (and I am sure I planted 25 in the green a few years ago).

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, Jacquline smells divine, I bring little sprigs in to the house to enjoy all the time. Winter aconites can take a while to settle down and seed about. They never seem to take in some gardens, I don’t know why. They are all over here, but I suspect they have been here for many years.

  4. tonytomeo says:

    Gee, that is an awesome Daphne! I saw it before, but am still impressed. I dig the Lonicera also. They are uncommon here. Only the Japanese honeysuckle is ‘somewhat’ popular.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, it is without doubt the best daphne. We like winter flowering honeysuckle here because scented flowers in January are a treat.

      • tonytomeo says:

        It can be annoying that we lack access to plants that should be more popular than they are here, such as some of the Daphne (although some likely do not perform well here) and the various honeysuckle. I suspect that most honeysuckle is unpopular here because Japanese honeysuckle is so voracious, and sufficiently fragrant. However, it is not fragrant while the weather is cool.

  5. fredgardener says:

    Love the Daphne and I bet it smells divine !

  6. Rosie Amber says:

    I wish I could smell your Daphne. That is going on my wish list.

  7. Kris P says:

    I’m enamored with your petticoat daffodils, which remind me of the Peruvian daffodils, Hymenocallis. My paperwhite Narcissus have taken off but I expect I’ve another another month or more to wait before the rest take off. Meanwhile my Freesias are getting closer to bloom, which I’m looking forward to.

  8. ‘Galanthus ‘Trumps’ are the snowdrops my mother cultivated in our garden in Northwest Florida. We called them the first flowers of spring, appearing as they do in late winter. I miss these delicate little ladies as the Pacific Northwest (central Washington state) is too harsh in the winters. Usually, here, purple and yellow crocuses are the first to make an appearance.

  9. Oh to have January blooms! I don’t see Winter Aconites until springtime…if they don’t bloom under the snow first. Thanks for sharing the early beauty. 🙂

  10. Lots of lovely scented winter flowers. I must look up Lonicera elisae later.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, so many winter blooming flowers are fragrant and that is what makes them so special. Lonicera elisae is quite difficult to find, but well worth seeking out.

  11. Cathy says:

    Your posts are always such a treat Chloris and invariably leave me hankering after something -this time it is the prunus and lonicera! I have become very fond of my stalwart Trumps, such a good do-er ps a little breezy here, but not so one would think there was a ‘storm’…

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Cathy. I know you have the pink Prunus mume ‘Beni- chi- dori’, but ‘ ‘Omoi- no-mama’ is fabulous too. I first saw it at Cambridge Botanical Gardens and it was love at first sight. The lonicera is gorgeous too.
      It was very breezy here too, not exactly a storm but difficult to get decent photos.

      • Cathy says:

        I will be looking at the woodland edge border to see what I might be able to add there… 😉 Here it was only a little breezy, not anything that would make you think there was a storm passing by, and it looks as if we will miss the next one too – not that I am complaining!

  12. alison41 says:

    I have never heard of /seen Daphne Bohlua before; it looks so pretty and any perfumed plant is instantly on my favourites list. Somehow I never think of cold, wintry weather permitting perfumed plants to flourish.

    • Chloris says:

      But so many winter flowering plants are fragrant, I expect it is because they have to work hard to catch the attention of the few bees that venture out. Daphne bholua ‘ Jacqueline Postill’ is definitely a favourite.

  13. You certainly have a lot of winter blooms. Those hoop daffodils are really cute.

  14. Anna says:

    I didn’t think that the south was ruffled by Malik but it was most windy here indeed in the north west all of yesterday and after a lull it’s all building up out there again tonight. Oh no need to persuade me about the snowdrops Chloris 😂 Both ‘Diggory’ and ‘Trumps’ are constants in my top ten. Your white flowering prunus is absolutely exquisite.

    • Chloris says:

      We didn’t get too badly affected by Malik. I wonder which other snowdrops are in your top ten Anna. Yes, the prunus is fabulous, every day it looks a bit better.

  15. Pauline says:

    A wonderful selection as usual! I used to have Daphne Jaqueline Postille, but she suddenly died after a good number of years, such a shame.Malik didn’t hit down here but there is another one rattling the roof tiles at the moment.

  16. Lovely Six. I envy you many of your six but especially the Aconites. I’ve tried before without success and planted 50 in the green last spring. So far, there isn’t a sign of one of them.

  17. snowbird says:

    What an elegant array of blooms. I love Mary Poppins and your gorgeous honeysuckle, I bet that Daphne smells delightfulxxx

  18. What a joy to see flowers in January! My garden is buried under a foot of snow so you brightened my day and reminded me of what is to come – thank you, Chloris.

  19. Sorry I’m late on parade! Lovely six. I am determined to grow winter aconites in our new garden. I even looked for a small pot at the local garden centre earlier this week, to no avail. Diggory is delightful!

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