Winter fragrance

I hope you can smell the sarcococca in this week’s posy. An ‘unremarkable’ flower except that it flowers in winter (hooray!) and has a beautiful scent. It’s a useful shrub for the garden as it doesn’t mind growing in shady, dry places and if you plant it by the front door you can enjoy the fragrance as you walk in. It’s part of the box family but, happily, the box moth caterpillar seems to leave it well alone.

We’ve finally made it to February! I don’t know about you, but it has felt like a long winter to me and I’m looking forward to the prospect of spring sunshine sometime soon!