Yesterday I spent a day at a business workshop. Unsuprisingly I was the only Flower farmer there. I was asked, "How do you manage to do flowers in January when nothing flowers?"
Ah, - I do feel so sorry for office based people, who don't get to really look, and see the beauty of winter flowers outside.
So here is my debunking the myth that nothing flowers in January. I saw every single one of these on my travels today. - Admitidly, the photos aren't all from this year, as it was a dull and gloomy day, and I wasn't prepared to stand still enough to get decent pictures, but every single one of these is flowering in and around Horsley today the 30th January.
The Bulbs & Hellebores
The shrubs (and I have no photo of the amazing Viburnum Tinus shrub/ tree that I pruned today)
and the other bits and pieces that are looking lovely
That's not including the stray flowers in my garden that think it's March, - like the Kerria, the Hesperanthera, and the Campanula. Or the Cerinthe still blooming on the Allotment. Doesn't take into account the bulbs in my polytunnel which could be flowering now if i'd planted them 2 weeks earlier - the Hyacinths & crocus. - Or of course the lovely collection of English flowers which arrived from James at Clowance today, - Narssisus from the Isles of Scilly, Tulips and Alstroemerias from Lincolnshire, and Anemones from Cornwall. And I havn't even mentioned the foliage, - the Eucalyptus, Cornus, Willow, Brachyglottis, Rosemary, Bay, Choisya.
No........... Not a single flower in January.....Lots of flowers, and foliage and scent.