This year was sort of in between, and I went out with my camera to record what I could find. I cheated, however, and took my photos December 31st, because I had a pretty good idea that by the next morning it would be hard to find the blooms.
Yep, snow coveres the flowers on January 1. My wind spinner does look like a flower, doesn't it?
But on Saturday, I found this:
Now looking like this.
Kaffir lily looking bedraggled, but a bloom
Now wearing a feather boa.
It has been cold and the birth bath was frozen.
Winter jasmine keeps trying to sustain blooms
but this might do it in for good.
Roses persist in spite of the frost and snow.
I found one straggly cranes bill geranium.
Viburnum davidii looks like it's going to bloom long before it does.
Viburnum burkwoodii always teases with a few opened buds long before it bursts into perfumed delight.
One remaining cyclamen from the fall blooming varieties.
Sarcococca will be ready to release it's vanilla scent once this week's deep freeze passes.
Winter blooming mahonia. We planted several of these last year in hopes of supplying winter food for hummingbirds.
Of course the blanket of snow might thwart them.
It warmed up to 33 outside and the snow has started to drip, but now I see that the sky is clearing and the sun is out. We will now plunge into low 20's tonight and only get to about freezing during the day this week, so what doesn't melt right now is going to be around for a while. Icy streets and sidewalks will not be fun.
As you would expect, I do have a bunch of pretty snow pics to post. You can expect some tomorrow.
I'm working on making it a happy new year. I have my gift for today. I hope you find yours.