I have no problem heading to a public garden in January even if the roses are not out, so last week we were in Brooklyn and took a walk around to see how the plants were doing.
I didn’t take an image of the camellias but they were close to blooming and in a very sheltered spot. Then we came across this Long Leaved Willow (Salix acutifolia). The fuzzy willow flowers shine like silver on the tree and made them look like icicles. The little lenten roses were almost out too – about 3 weeks further than mine at least! This one is ‘Pink Frost’
The afternoon was chilly though so we wandered through the greenhouse – the first had a tropical look and orchids and the second had a wonderful display of colorful plants. They even had a few vertical arrangements which seem to be the latest way to grow things.
The best part of botanical gardens in winter is that there are not many people there – except in the cafe anyway. So a fun couple of hours looking at plants in winter.