Winter blooms seem so special. Just when we need a bit of a lift, a boost to the spirits, they arrive like a gift. Often announced by a delicious fragrance, sometimes you have to look carefully around the garden or on a walk to spot them because they are not bold, blowsy flowers. They almost hide shyly amongst the glossy foliage but are exquisitely beautiful on close inspection, when the perfume becomes heady and intoxicating. There really is no need for imported or forced-with-heat cut-flowers when these beauties can be grown locally and enjoyed in the season they express so well. This is just a small selection - Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata', Viburnum, Ivy, Evergreen Honeysuckle and Skimmia "Kew Green' from our community garden, Winter Box and Red Skimmia from my garden and even Artichoke leaves from my allotment. The scent is filling the kitchen. And there are plenty more varieties to be found - bright tassels of Catkins, fiery stems of Dogwood, silvery Eucalpytus. And if you want more 'flowery' flowers, they are here. Snowdrops and Snowflakes (Leucojum) are lovely with bare twigs, Hellebores bring a wild-rose type highlight and bright pink Bergenia sings out amongst the green. If you happen to have some Paperwhite Narcissus...perfection.
These are the flowers of our winter - who could ask for more.
If you want to connect with and learn more about seasonal flowers throughout the year, have a look at the 'Farm & Wild' page of our website or get in touch.