This is a perennial variety of the Osteospurmum or Cape Daisy. I’ve had it in the garden for years but it had become swamped by more vigorous plants. So I moved a tiny shoot to a new, clear spot and it’s rewarding me now with lovely sun-facing flowers.
Yes, there is more than one crocus here, so strictly speaking it is a photo of crocuses, but that is such an awkward word. And I know they aren’t pure white, they have a rich yellow centre, but that just seems to make them look happy – insofar as a flower can appear happy!
Every Christmas I used to buy my late father a neatly packed Hippeastrum bulb, which he would nurture with great delight until it produced its huge, startling flowers to brighten up the Winter window-ledge. This year I decided to buy one for myself (my daughter bought one too) and I was duly rewarded with seven stunning white flowers that, although they didn’t last long, became a very showy focus for a couple of weeks.
A delicate-looking native wildflower and similar to the Marsh Mallow, this Musk Mallow – Malva moschata – is pure white rather than the more common pale pink. It was growing around the ruins of Helmsley Castle in North Yorkshire.
This is a simple flower from a Mock Orange shrub – Phiadelphus aurea. This shrub is mainly grown for its bright golden/green leaves yet I find that the wonderful perfume from the flowers fills the garden on most days. In fact, I find it has a better scent than the more popular and supposedly better varieties.
The snowdrops have been pushing through for a while now, but their petals have been tightly closed against the cold. At last, though, a few are beginning to open, encouraged by watery sunshine and a brief, slight rise in temperature.
This lovely white Dendrobium orchid was a Christmas gift, and is still flowering strongly. The stem resembles bamboo and the small tag that came with it says that it is fragrant, although I can’t smell anything! It is a lovely focal plant for this murky, dismal winter.