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The moment has come – I’m going to have to opt out of Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for this month.

This is because there are actually no blooms in my garden. Well all right, that’s a bit of an exaggeration as the winter pansies are still struggling through, and the heliotrope in the greenhouse is in exactly the same state as when I put it in there in October. The pyracantha berries are still looking great, but that was kind of cheating last month anyway. Otherwise – zilch. Nada. Rien. Even the leycesteria which has been soldiering on right through since June has finally dropped its leaves and gone to sleep. To be honest I feel like joining it. I don’t do houseplants (they take one look at me and die) so no joy there either.

So I thought I’d cheat. Here are the blooms I would like in my garden this month:

Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica ‘Wisley Cream’

Garrya elliptica

Chimonanthes praecox (I do actually have this at the end of the garden but it’s extremely shy to flower, so this isn’t so much one to buy as one to cast a spell on)

Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ (just)

Coronilla valentina subs. glauca ‘Citrina’

No pictures, of course, as these are the flowers that are not blooming in my garden today.

I’ll stop at five for now, though I’m sure everyone else has suggestions here. But let this be my lesson for 2008: by this time next year there will be no excuses!