I took these pictures on Tuesday, when the weather was beautiful and before the latest snowfall.
The Prunus mume in the big perennial bed,
with its very cup-shaped blooms.
The Winter Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) is in full bloom. As much as I would love to have a Daphne, I am happy to have this plant. It's huge but it's ironclad, ridiculously easy to propagate, and the flowers are very sweet and lemony.
Winter Honeysuckle isn't known for its beauty, but in late winter its pink and spring green buds and waxy white flowers are beautiful beyond compare. Even in summer it's a handsome shrub with dark green foliage. Eventually it gets too big and gangly, but it can take being whacked back.
If the air is warm enough, these fragrant flowers always draw the Honeybees.
Thank you to Katarina at roses and stuff for hosting Blooming Friday.