As I mentioned a few days ago, I was expecting the branches of winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) I cut at my parents' place in Michigan over Thanksgiving to come into bloom very quickly. Today the first blossoms opened, a rich saturated yellow that ought to drive away any winter gloom.
Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)
One ought to have enough of this plant in the garden to always be able to bring in a few branches for forcing. Generally a pretty carefree plant, it really seems to appreciate lots of water throughout the growing season. The plants in the Michigan garden had never before grown as much or set as many buds as this summer, which was much cooler and wetter than usual.