Friday, January 6, 2012
Brightening Winter Days . . .
But many years ago, I filled my garden with a secret winter weapon -- winter-flowering fragrant plants. These only work in fairly moderate climates, of course. Don't try this at home, kiddies, if you're in the central Prairies, northern Quebec. . . pretty much anyplace in the great cold middle of our continent, as well as its more northerly borders. I'm lucky enough to live in what Canadians tend to sneer at, somewhat, as LotusLand -- and on my little island, winter's chills tend to be softened most of the time by the maritime influence.
Which allows my spirit-lifting Viburnum bodnantense, 'Dawn' to bloom anytime from November through March -- a wonderfully scented, delicately coloured antidote to grey, damp cold. I've posted about it before, perhaps every single blogging year it's bloomed -- I won't apologize. It deserves attention every single year. Trumpets, maybe. It's that sublime. . .
Also worthy of trumpets, truly, are the green buds I spotted swelling up on the Ribes sanguineum (Flowering Red Currant). . .
meet a gardening friend of mine, Jane, who writes beautifully, if far too sporadically.