What if Winter Never Came…

Gentiana paradoxa

Gentiana paradoxa

So far this December is looking more like October.  We have yet to experience a real killing frost and many things are still flowering that should definitely be dormant by now, including the lovely gentian pictured above.  Two of the Camellia japonicas are in full flower.

Camellia japonica double flowered pink

Camellia japonica double flowered pink

Camellia japonica 'Spring's Promise'

Camellia japonica ‘Spring’s Promise’

Not surprisingly, the usual harbingers of spring are in flower, both the snowdrops and helleborus niger are blooming.

First Snowdrop

First Snowdrop

Helleborus niger 'HGC Jacob'

Helleborus niger ‘HGC Jacob’

Nevertheless, I pretended winter was coming and planted another 200 daffodils in anticipation that spring will come with all it’s profusion next March.

Helleborus niger 'HGC Jacob'

A bag of 100 daffodils from Scheepers

Daffodil planter

Daffodil planter

Quick digging

Quick digging

Daffodils in the hole

Daffodils in the hole

From the greenhouse we have freesias and daffodils right now, but I wanted to close with this pretty amaryllis relative

Cyrtanthus mackenii

Cyrtanthus mackenii

The flowers are a wonderful pastel with an almost waxy texture.  I enjoy exploring all the bulbs that come by way of the Pacific Bulb Society‘s exchange program.