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January Jasmine

January Jasmine (Lonicera Fragrantissima) is a blooming bush that flowers in, you guessed it, January. Sometimes its actually February, or even March, depending on the weather, but without fail, when it blooms, the sweet smell makes me feel silly with happiness. It is also one of my yard’s first food for the bees. They flock to it on sunny days buzzing merrily filling their bellies.

My grandparents brought this bush with them as one of their family heirloom plants from Iowa in the 70’s. I’ve known it my whole life. This year, it was about to burst into full bloom, and it snowed. For days.... Now all the leaves are brown and buds shriveled. But it’s already making a comeback and will be showing off soon. We can’t wait to enjoy this treat again.

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