January Awakenings

On January 4, 2020 little tight hellebore buds were tucked in close to the earth. I just checked on them yesterday and they seemed content to stay hidden.  Today they have awakened.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Yesterday the lemony scent of daphne odora drifted through the air and with today’s breezes the effect is more pronounced.

Daphne odora (Winter daphne)

Daphne odora (Winter daphne)

15 thoughts on “January Awakenings

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. I’m excited about the hellebores. It’s turned cold again but once the hellebores open I feel comforted that other flowers are on the way. I think about your Hepatica. I don’t grow it but saw it has been spotted nearby here already.

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  1. Pauline

    Love your Daphne, it has so many flowers on it, the perfume must be fantastic! Hellebores are so wonderful for any bees that wake up early and want a quick fix of nectar, humans like them too!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Both the daphne and hellebores are pretty much on time. Once had hellebores in December so I began checking early, but that was a long time ago.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Sheryl. Your grandmother’s diary looks interesting. I plan to check it out further. I was given a trove of old family photos and made a website a few years back, so I’m interested in your experience.

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  2. tonytomeo

    Goodness! If my hellebores looked like that, I would not mind wasting so much effort on them. They had always been here, and they ‘survive’ below the redwoods, but do not like the climate much. Daphne doesn’t look so good either.

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