I happed up well and discovered a number of treasures, when I went for a chilly garden stroll. Winter sweet (Chimonanthus praecox) is well out, but the flowers are all too high so I must prune the tree to bring them within reach. Sweet box, both Sarcococca confusa by the back patio and Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna by the front door, are also in bloom and on a sunny day the sweet scent carries quite a distance.
I picked some Iris unguicularis (formerly Iris stylosa) for the house. My mother always had a few of the delicate purple flowers in a small glass vase at this time of year.They do not last long, but they are a special winter treat and bring back happy memories. I also found several bright blue clumps of the dwarf Iris histrioides ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’.