18 November – Winter blossom

Just when so many trees stand stripped back stark and bare,
Viburnum gently creates delicate colour and honey-scented air.
It’s like cherry blossom in November, exactly when you need it most,
as if Winter’s shyly haunted by Spring in clusters of blush-pink ghosts.
Each year now I look for its flowers, a treat to ease the loss of bright
and keep me going till December and the stringing of fairy lights.
I’d plant it on every street, if I was in charge of the nation,
where it would lift each muted spirit with its beautiful, fragrant sensations.
So let’s hear it for Viburnum, late blooming heroine of Fall,
may she multiply and flourish, and blossom broad and tall.

18 November - Winter blossom