Thursday, January 31, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
winter food: rainbow chard
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
the scent of Hamamelis mollis , witch hazel
BBC's Gardening site describes it so: "produces delicate blooms with intoxicating scent in the depths of winter."
I love this quote: "They bloom in the winter, smell like heaven," and "But their scent is to die for," Lowman said. "It's an incredibly sweet blend of floral and spice. It's powerful outdoors and a twig or two indoors can smell up an entire room."
And here's one more from Plants in Profile: "A difficult scent to describe, it always reminds me of the smell of fresh laundry drying in a sunny wind, with undertones of spice and vetiver."
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
January 2008 Bloomday
Only a few flowers blooming this month. There were a few buds on the calendulas, and I saw some snowdrops peeking out of the grass, but those weren't blooming just yet.
Here are the flowers:Witch Hazel (Hamamelis) my favorite scent of the winter garden. I am always surprised at how powerful this little tree's perfume is, wafting on the cold air, it reaches me as I wander around the garden. And every time, I say "Wow!"
Heather, I love this plant. I've had it for years, it was a Mother's Day gift from my kids when they were very young.
Godetia, surprise! The flowers were hidden beneath their foliage, probably keeping a little bit warmer in there.
Euphorbia just beginning their octapus-tentacle blooms.
Violas by the back door.
And once more, Witch Hazel, because I love it so.
Have a look at what's flowering in other parts of the world. Visit Carol's May Dreams Gardens for January's Bloomday posts.