New Year's flower count

Jim McKenney
Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:10:53 PST
For years, one member of our local rock garden chapter kept track of plants blooming on New Year's Day. Some years there would be dozens of things in bloom, and everything was counted, from the tiniest cruciferous weeds in lawns to the camellias whose flowers had survived earlier frosts.There are a couple of us who still do this, but most members don't seem interested - at any rate, they are not reporting what they have.
Here's what's blooming in my garden now (meaning this week): dandelions, Magnolia stellata in advanced bud and fragrant, Helleborus foetidus, H. niger, Helleborus garden hybrids raised from seed, Camellia sasanqua, Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation', Mahonia bealei (very fragrant with a lily-of-the-valley scent), Iris cretensis, I. unguicularis, Galanthus elwesii (the monostictus sorts bloomed in November and are gone by now), Jasminum nudiflorum is now a several-square-yard sheet of yellow, and Lonicera fragrantissima. Some foliage plants I associate with the winter garden are now very lovely: Arum italicum and Rohdea japonica.
Cyclamen coum and C. trochopteranthum both thrive here in a frame, but neither is in bloom yet. But after reading about Jane's flowering plants,  I checked carefully and sure enough there are bright pink and red buds pushing up under the leaf litter.  
You can see some of these here:
 My Virtual Maryland Garden: The flowers of New Year's Day 2016

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