Back to work in a dank, gloomy but surprisingly warm January and we’re working off those mince pies and Christmas puddings with a bit of leaf clearing.
There is never a month in the garden without flowers and this drunkenly dangling honey bee is enjoying the deliciously scented Lonicera fragrans as much as we are.
The shrubs flowering at this time of year tend to be very strongly scented to attract any bees or moths venturing out on a decent day, ensuring that they are pollinated. As we move about the garden we are hit by clouds of scent from Sarcococca (Christmas Box), Chimonanthus (Winter Sweet), Viburnum and Daphne.
The bulbs are all starting to show their heads and this early flowering cherry, Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ looks cheery throughout the winter.
The trays of sweetpeas, yet to germinate, in the greenhouse are a sign of the start to a new season and we’re giving it a thorough spring clean to prepare for all the propagation which gets going next month.