First Bloom Day of 2008
As I predicted last month, the sarcococca ruscifolia is in full bloom, although you have to look closely because the flowers aren't very showy. (Waverly Fitzgerald of Living in Season has a much better photo.)And to answer Chuck B's question last month, it smells wonderful. A single branch will perfume a small room but it's not at all cloying.
Also, as predicted, the first of the hellebores. 'Briggs Double' I think this one is. The annoying thing about hellebores is the way the flowers always face down at the ground, which makes getting a good photo something of a challenge:
Finally, my cyclamen coum, or rather one of them, the only one that I can find this year. I suspect I dug out the rest of them accidentally when I divided my hostas, with which they are interplanted. (If you got a hosta from me last fall check it out; you may have a cyclamen blooming on that spot.) This one may have escaped that fate because I had the good sense to stick a label in the ground last year.
Ever since I saw this gorgeous amaryllis blooming on a stucco wall in Italy a couple years ago, I've wanted to grow a really deep red amaryllis.
This year's is red enough, I guess, but it seems lacking somehow, compared to these:
Think it might just be the background?