Babies, buds and recent unfurlings

Sometimes it’s the little things…nothing more beauteous, I find, than a tightly shut bud, full of promise…

Lonicera x purpusii 'Winter Beauty' (Winter-flowering honeysuckle)

Gardening has been sparse to say the least this winter, partly because I was struck down with monstrous morning sickness (expecting another baby at the beginning of July…yay!), but mostly because the whole family has been ill with one thing and another, and I hadn’t managed to get out into the garden with my camera until yesterday.

Ladies and Gentlemen….I found treasure:

Chaenomeles superba

Chimonanthus praecox (Wintersweet)

Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata'

Sarcococca confusa (Christmas box)

Hydrangea buds

Syringa 'Katherine Havermeyer' (Lilac)

Alchemilla mollis (Ladie's mantle)

Bulbs shooting up

The garden looks grandly gorgeous in its winter clothes.  There is something lovely about the promise of it all.  Now that I am finally up and about I have at last managed to get out there cut away all the dead stuff.  I’ve never understood this idea of ‘putting the garden to bed’ -mine is certainly not sleeping.

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