February is supposed to be a winter month here in western Sweden. This year has been unusually mild, more like autumn. But during the last few days we've experienced a cool spell.
There aren't many flowering plants yet, but a couple of hellebores are in bloom. The double, white Helleborus niger:
and the spotted Helleborus orientale:
Some Pansies are in bloom, and, of course, the Snowdrops:
But most important of all, is my Camellia. I bought this plant in England in March 2006, when I visited Bristol on a teachers training course. Along with 3 other plants, I carried it through the customs in my hand luggage. And yesterday I discovered the first flower! - How I've waited for this occasion! This camellia is called Silver Anniversary - and it's beautiful!
First came a bud:
then the semi double, white flower emerged:
Some of you might think that a camellia is nothing much to get excitied about - but to us, here in Sweden, camellias are quite exotic and hard to handle. They simply don't like our climate. So, I keep it on my verandah - otherwise it wouldn't survive.
So, right now I sit in my verandah, enjoying my Camellia, while I wait for other plants to flourish.
Happy growing! /Katarina