January to February
Once we are into January the prospect of things to come is signalled by a few flowering plants and shrubs - Daphne bholua 'Jaqueline Postill' with its glorious scent and pretty pink flowers, Sarcococcas with their even stronger scent, the yellow flowers of Hamamelis mollis, winter flowering Iris stylosa which produces endless deep blue flowers, and the gradual carpeting of Eranthis hyemalis (winter aconites). Depending on the season the end of January usually heralds the start of the snowdrop season, coinciding with the flowering of hellebores and crocus. All these flowers stand up gallantly to snow and icy conditions which frequently occur at this time of year.
The house and pond in the snow
Daphne bholua 'Jaqueline Postill'
Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus'
Iris stylosa, syn. Iris unguicularis
Malus robusta 'Red Siberian'
Iris 'Katherine Hodgkin'
Ducks on the pond in the snow
Polystichum setiferum multidivisilobum
Eranthis hyemalis - winter aconite