Hopeful Blooms make a Christmas Bouquet

On Christmas Eve I needed to turn my attention to the matter of a centrepiece for the table.  I had to pop outside to pick a couple of bay leaves for the stockpot and noticed that our Honeysuckle was flowering, also daffodils, primroses, azalea, grape hyacinth, Auricula, Alstroemeria …………???  And our bee orchid leaf rosettes are much in evidence, although I think we will have rather fewer plants in 2015. There were a few hopeful roses and sure enough Helleborus niger was flowering well beneath its canopy of leaves.  So I decided to make a small bowl of fresh flowers to include the roses, Christmas rose, Daphne and Sarcococca.  But before I picked any blooms I took my iPad outside to take a few photos:


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