Having not been able to venture into the garden for a few weeks, caused by a nasty bout of Norovirus followed by the garden taking a battering from Storms Barbara and Connor, it was a pleasant surprise when I did get out to discover the winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum, in flower.
The bright yellow flowers are such a cheery sight, brightening up the fence in the corner at the end of the long border. I only planted it out a few months ago so really didn't expect it to do much in it's first year, but it's really done very well. I've teamed it up with a few sprigs of myrtle, Myrtus, and the first two sweet white buds of hellebore, Helleborus Lividus White Marble.
After all the weeks of winter greenery and berries it makes a lovely change to have these tiny sweetly scented yellow blooms in a vase. It feels like spring isn't so far away and they make the hall look very welcoming.
If you want to see more cheering arrangements why not pop over to Cathy's blog, Rambling in the Garden where others are sure to be sharing what's in their vases (or other containers) today.