Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – January

I have been thinking of  joining GBBD for a while and thought January was a good time to begin. Surely I can organise myself to post in a month when so little is blooming in the garden!

The morning began with this view out of the conservatory window. The only colour comes from some red and blue Primulas in a trough in the foreground. This does not look like a garden which is going to provide much in the way of blooms but there are still three plants which catch the eye.

A dusting of snow

A dusting of snow

My early Snowdrop is up but not fully open. It is easy to recognise the species even when the flowers die back because the leaves are much broader than on most Snowdrops and are almost greyish green in colour.

Galanthus elwesii

Galanthus elwesii

Oddly enough January is the most fragrant month in my garden because of two of my favourite shrubs. The first is a short evergreen with small glossy green leaves and very innocuous cream coloured flowers which appear alongside the black berries which formed at the end of last year. Not much to look at is it?

Sarcococca  confusa

Sarcococca confusa

Yet these tiny flowers emit a strong fragrance of honey which you cannot help but notice as you walk by. The flowers last for ages whatever the weather. This is a low key shrub, very shy and retiring. My other January star is in my front garden and is much more flamboyant.

Sarcococca confusa flowers and berries

Sarcococca confusa flowers and berries

This much bigger shrub is a Daphne, now about 3m tall (9 feet). You can smell its rich perfume from the road outside and I have had people knock on the door to ask what it is called.

 Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’

It is a beautiful plant and worth growing for its beautiful flowers as well as its fragrance. It too is an evergreen.

 Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’

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Gravatar 1 Anna { 01.15.13 at 10:05 pm }

I think that those flowers that emerge in January are extra special and deserve medals for doing so. Can almost smell those delicious scents from here especially on such a cold night. How long did it take ‘Jacqueline Postill’ to reach that height?

Gravatar 2 Janet/Plantaliscious { 01.15.13 at 10:22 pm }

I really must plant a daphne, a lot of the more subtly scented plants tend to pass me by at this time of year as I always seem to have a near-permanent cold.

Gravatar 3 Lea { 01.15.13 at 10:50 pm }

Beautiful blooms!
Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!
Lea’s Menagerie

Gravatar 4 commonweeder { 01.16.13 at 5:39 pm }

I love having fragrant flowers in the garden. Not here, not in January, alas.

Gravatar 5 Helen/patientgardener { 01.16.13 at 7:18 pm }

I keep coming across Daphnes and am beginning to think I really should get one so I can appreciate the scent as well

Gravatar 6 wellywoman { 01.18.13 at 4:14 pm }

I love daphnes. There are some amazing ones at Wisley and I was blown away by their scent. Good that they are evergreen too. I thinking of a bit of garden redesign. Wonder if a daphne would work? It’s surprising isn’t it what’s in bloom even at this time of year.