When the weather grows cold and blustery, it’s tempting to look for signs of new growth but do that too much and one misses the season. In January, there’s more dead on show than usual; prickles show clear and thorns are beautifully exposed.
Gorse flowers all year round but in January, when there is less colour than in other months, the flowers are specially prominent in the dull light.
January is a month when it's easy to see where blackthorn gets its name. Come spring, white blossom will draw the eye and in the summer these long spikes will be hidden in dense foliage.
For most of the year, blackberries mean fruit at some stage but January is a 'look at those thorns!' time.
Buddleia is an exception to this general 'now-ness'. Last years dead blossoms remind us of the year passed.
Hurray for January!
Have a Very Happy