We've had a mild dry winter so far. The rugosa leaves were still golden at Christmas.
Which is a good thing because gray wet chilly days make me want to stay inside and curl up on the couch with the cats.
Instead, we've had lots of sunny days which are a real godsend in winter. Such winter days are an an invitation to do whatever strikes the gardener's fancy.
(Prince sucks on his tongue when he's happy.)
Some years the Japanese Flowering Apricot comes into flowering-all-at-once spectacular bloom, and other years it stays in a half to third bloom over 2 months. This year is one of the latter years.
All of the winter bloomers are following the same pattern as the Apricot trees; Winter Honeysuckle and a Witch Hazel (a child of 'Jelena', and holding on tight to those leaves! but beautifully fragrant) have been in bloom for over a month now.