Mild: Due to the late arrival of winter there have been some unseasonal spring flowers appearing during December. Pulmonaria rubra is always early, but I’ve never seen it before Christmas, exchorda, primroses and iris recticulata have been joining in the show. The hamamelis has been scenting the air for weeks. The red pulmonaria reminds me that a touch of red from flowers can be rather special in the garden in winter: Chaenomeles japonica , Camelia ‘Adolphe Audusson’. are tough and reliable. They compliment the remaining rosehips, berries from Iris foetidissima and of course the ever present bright stems of Cornus siberica.