Tomorrow is the first day of spring (by one of the standards at least), so to cheer everyone up, here are some of the flowers of the end of winter. Just a random collection from a trip around the garden with a camera -
Daphne bholua. All the Daphnes are worth growing, but this one is a real star. It starts flowering in January here and is still well covered with its wonderfully scented blooms as we go into March. This one is about 2m tall, but I have seen them reach 5m or more. I also have a couple of hybrids from it which are slightly different in form or flower scent, but the true species is hard to improve upon.
Iris unguicularis “Mary Barnard”. The Algerian Iris flowers in spells from Autumn right through Spring. Scented.
Cyclamen coum, which seed themselves around in patches in the rough grass under the apple trees.
The winter-flowering scented Loniceras (honeysuckles) are also flowering well. Lonicera purpusii is well-known - this one is L. setifera, a bit rarer with distinctive bristly stems.
I have other photos but this will do for now!