Flowers of Winter
I thought I would show you some pics of flowers I have blooming right now. A lot of people assume daffodils are the first flowers of the season to bloom. Not so. There are several kinds that bloom when daffodils are still only short green buds. Blooms in midwinter. Above is a purple Dutch iris. I have a small patch of these by the walkway. They grow from bulbs. These rich, lush blooms serve to remind me spring is on the way soon... but not yet. It's snowing as I write this.
Above are double snowdrops. The flowers hang down like that naturally. Since they are double, they're a bit heavier than a regular snowdrop. I love these cheerful and cute little flowers. I planted the first bulbs here almost twenty years ago and they have formed a nice little colony.
Lenten Rose (Helleborus) are incredibly lovely perennials that are always a nice surprise this time of year. I love these and they reseed themselves and spread easily. The colors of the blooms vary from rosy pinkish purple to white and green. Below is a white one.
Above is another type of Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) with green flowers. Not as showy as some of the others but they are unusual and interesting looking. Some of the blooms appear to be wearing lipstick. :-) They are only starting to open and will stay on the plant for a few months. These also reseed and form large groups.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of "spring" in the midst of winter.