I was surprised to find a number of plants in flower or with well-developed flower buds.
The most obvious of these was Winter Jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum. Being a winter flowering shrub it probably attracts few, if any, insects; certainly I have never seen it receive visitors.
At a time of the year when there is not much colour about Winter Jasmine
is very welcome. Byfield, 22 January, 2020
Nearby grew Stinking Hellebore, Helleborus foetidus. It was close to flowering and its green, claret-edged tepals* will soon become apparent.
Stinking Hellebore. Not foul-smelling but merely a bit...odd.
Byfield, 22 January, 2020
Spurge laurel has evergreen, laurel-like leaves. Byfield, Northants.
22 January, 2010
The flowers are not striking but are neat and fragrant. They are followed by
poisonous black berries.