Just in time for January's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, winter has returned to central Indiana. Would anyone like to go out there and see what's blooming? It's cold, snowy, cold, gray, cold, and cold.
But we aren't complaining because this is what we expect in January, not those unseasonably warm days we had ten days or so ago. We don't start really complaining about the weather until at least Valentine's day.
January is one of the reasons we have indoor plants, especially those that flower. It just lifts your spirits to come in from the cold, take off those shackles of a winter coat and find something blooming indoors.
In my sunroom, I have paperwhites and poinsettias still blooming, along with this Jewel Orchid, Ludisia discolor. This isn't a big splashy orchid bloom but it has always bloomed in January for me, with very little care.
Elsewhere, I have an orchid still in bud (Stenosarcos ‘Vanguard’) and a Christmas cactus with just a few blooms hanging on.
Did I mention how cold January can be? This picture is from Sunday.
When I walked out to the mailbox to get the newspaper, it was lightly raining. Within 30 minutes, we had snow showers and a light coating of snow on everything.
With the light snow and cold, I don't believe I'll find anything blooming outside, in fact I'm certain I won't.
But I'd love to see who does have plants blooming outside this fine January day.
Please join us for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day by posting on your own blog about whatever is blooming in your garden, whether indoors or outdoors, and then leave a comment here to let us know you've posted something so we can 'visit' and see for ourselves.
And should you have nothing blooming today outdoors or indoors, post about that. It's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and you don't want to be left out!
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence
For many of us, this is our twelfth Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post, bringing us full circle through an entire year in our gardens. I'd like to offer special thanks to those who have posted about their blooms every month. Thank you! It's been a pleasure to visit all your blogs and see your gardens throughout the year.
Yes, I'm going to continue Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day through this coming year, because I want to compare last year to this year, month by month. I hope many of you will join me!