This year has suited the violets and they have bloomed from the first autumn rains right through the winter. Their scent is always in the garden.
The herbs in pots have wintered over in a sheltered and sunny spot by the house. While all the herbs in the garden beds are mostly dry, with hints of new growth underneath, these are almost bursting from their pots. I have thyme, sage, parsley, mint, marjoram and chives growing well despite the chilly weather.
I planted hyacinths after reading several novels written by English women in the thirties, forties and fifties. All very different writers, but I began to notice the presence of hyacinths somewhere in each book. These are looking hopeful, aren't they?
Sweet scented jonquils are flowering in a couple of large terracotta pots.
and the grapefruit, the last of the winter fruit, are slowly ripening.