The first is Helleborus x 'Anna's Red'. I picked this plant up at the late, great Sperling Nursery last year principally for its pretty foliage. As I remember, it was the last one they had, my friend having snatched up the only other one on the table. Frankly, I didn't expect much from it as hellebores don't do particularly well here so, last week when I saw buds on the plant, I was very excited.
|I enjoyed the attractive foliage all last year but the appearance of flowers put the plant over the top for me|
|I love the flowers even if they do insist on pointing their faces toward the ground|
|And look! There are more flowers to come!|
I've flaunted photos of my Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream' in other posts this month but I can't help myself from doing so again. The plant in the front garden is covered in blooms and buds. I stopped counting after two dozen.
|The buds don't show up well in this sun-saturated photo but, believe me, there are lots of them|
|The flowers gradually turn peachier as they mature|
But that's not the only Grevillea putting on a show at the moment. Grevillea 'Superb' is also living up to its name.
|This Grevillea 'Superb' is loaded with blooms|
|The mature flowers of 'Superb' are longer but narrower than those of 'Peaches & Cream'|
Another plant that's living up to its name is Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder'. Its winter color is showing with the development of its cones and yellow bracts.
|This plant moved here with me from our former house, where it lived in a pot. Once planted in the ground, it exploded in size.|
|It looks like a flower, doesn't it?|
|This is my second 'Wilson's Wonder'. Planted in November 2014, it's still relatively small.|
Before I end this post, I also want to give a shout out to Arctotis 'Pink Sugar'. Its blooms may be late in arriving but it's quickly making up for lost time.
|'Pink Sugar' does a good job of complementing Phormium 'Maori Queen'|
|If the flowers didn't close in low light, I'd be using them regularly in vases|
Despite our drought, I know I'm lucky to be able to enjoy plants like these in the middle of winter when so many other gardeners are shivering in their boots and digging cars out of snowdrifts. Thank you Mother Nature! Now, if you could just see your way to deliver up some rain this weekend...
Visit Loree and danger garden to see her favorite January plants and to find links to other gardeners' choices.
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