Early January and I’m Hunting for Flowers
We’re almost on cue with last year… Just a few days and a few centimetres behind!
Snowdrops were a little further along on 05.01.13 and I estimate this year we’re a couple of days behind.
We had Cyclamen buds on the 5th last year, this year I haven’t noticed any but they may be hiding and I will have to look for them.
Winter Jasmine are currently blooming, as is the autumn Cherry and Garrya, plus we have Stinking Hellebores almost opening (Niger and Argutifolius are open). So some things at least are the same.
Most pleasing, over the past few days/well I’ve noticed Song Thrushes are back. Generally I only get them in snow or extreme cold. So far we’ve had neither – yes we’ve had cold days, but it’s been a while since we had a frost and most days it’s reaching at least 8C. So I assume either all natural food is gone – we had a bumper year for berries though – or their population locally is increasing. I’m hoping it’s the latter.
However, they are being bullied by the Blackbirds – no surprise there, as BBs are very territorial – so I’m throwing bread out around the garden for them to give the Thrushes a chance. (I only throw food on the garden in snow, so I’m being a bit naughty and worry because we have at least 13 cats locally. Hence why I don’t usually ground feed.)
I spotted a young Bird’s foot trefoil near the snowdrops, I will try to remember to take this with me when I move. The adult plants aren’t easy to move, so I aim to take advantage of this little seedling that may have come from seed from one I moved or perhaps they easily grow from roots left behind?? I don’t know. The Quince bloom is far too early. Last year I have photos of them in early April. Maybe I just didn’t take photos of them until then and there were buds/blooms earlier? I can’t imagine it took me 4 months to take photos!