The aconites came and went in January and were the first plants in flower in the garden this year – excluding the obvious like winter flowering Viburnum and Christmas Roses. The aconites actually flowered so quickly I never managed to get a photograph even though I often have a mobile phone in my pocket. Going off at a tangent this isn’t so annoying as seeing a pair of young otters on a river bank in the middle of town last year and not getting my phone out of my pocket in time!
I planted a number of Iris reticulata hyrbrids in tubs in October last year (along with species tulips and dwarf narcissi – both lots coming up) and they have been in flower since the end of last month, one plant flowering very early and the rest more gradually later. Strangely one pot is flowering better than the other – hopefully there is nothing untoward going on in the other one.
Although there are a lot of promising buds very little new is in flower at the moment. However I did notice a solitary flower on a Cylindrophyllum species up on the shelf (I have forgotten the actual species but I grew it originally from seed).
These are the first snowdrops I have seen in flower this year. They are not in my garden I hasten to add but strangely are on a north facing bank shaded by a hedge and high trees on the way to the town centre.
Flowering is a bit sparse at the moment, especially as my Crassulaceae collection is a bit depleted; I hope to build it up again this year. Several mesembs are flowering well however and there a few Crassulas lining up to bloom in the next week or so.
A very common mesemb whose name escapes me – I will get back to you!