However you brought in the New Year - perhaps you were partying to the wee small hours or maybe not - whatever you did, I hope you have had a wonderful first day of the year.
We managed to stay awake for the bells, toasted each other and then thankfully went off to bed :) Which is probably why I was up bright and early this morning and out in the garden with my camera spotting what was in flower. I like to note, if possible, what is flowering in the garden on the first of January ... not always possible if there is a covering of snow but this year it was clear.
Not much going on really ... mainly leafy shrubs but there was a surprise or two and one of my favourite heralds of spring, the Hellebore, was in bud.
I can't wait to see this plant in full flower.
The first of the surprises. I forget the name of this Clematis but I have to admire the tenacity of these buds ... will they ever open!
And the second surprise, this tiny blue Phlox. It lives in an old sink that sits at the side of the front doorsteps and has just kept on flowering despite the foul weather we've been having.
This Viburnum was one of the shrubs I robbed for my vases of Christmas greenery - love the froth of white flowers.
The last two photos are not of flowers but foliage.
This Euonymus has enough colour on it to brighten up any winter's day.
And finally our Escallonia showing fresh new growth ... hinting that spring is just around the corner :)
Sticking with tradition, we drove down to Culzean Castle Estate for a bracing walk this afternoon. Although it was decidedly chilly, being out in the fresh air certainly blew the cobwebs away.
I haven't been a good blogger over the holiday period. There were so many other distractions that kept me from the craft room, but it's a new year, the holiday is almost over ... here in Scotland we have the first two days of January as a holiday ... and normal service should be resuming shortly.
So I'll be back soon but in the meantime I'll leave you with this blurry photo the EM took of me at dinner this evening. It's a rare sighting of me with a glass in my hand.