Here at May Dreams Gardens, snow and very cold temperatures in the teens and single digits ruled out the last hope for finding even a tiny frozen bloom outside. I didn’t have that much hope anyway, after many icy cold days in December.
But I went outside, just in case, and looked in a few places to see if perhaps there was a stray bloom on Vinca minor or a crocus leaf popping up by the front step.
Instead I found these snow-topped sedums, which for today I’m calling Snowdums. (Groan)
It’s a nice fat bud that ought to be in full bloom in about a week, give or take, maybe by Wednesday.
I also found out that snow doesn’t always conceal as it covers everything; sometimes it reveals what is really going on in the garden.
All those tracks in the snow tell me that rabbits or other critters did not simply pass through my back yard, they stopped to cavort and play a bit. Snow does bring out a playful sense in us, doesn’t it? At least it does right after we shovel off the drive, feed the birds, throw some ice melt on the front walk and check for closings of school, work, or a favorite activity.
Fortunately, I embrace house plants so I have a few blooms and buds inside where it is nice and warm.
Fading fast are the Christmas cactus and the first two Amaryllis that bloomed for the holidays. The faded blooms are still there only because I've been too lazy to cut them off.
Blooming now are the Crown of Thorns, Euphorbia milii, pictured above, and three pots of Oxalis regnellii triangularis. I can always count on Crown of Thorns for blooms any month of the year, which explains its other common name, Forever Flowers.
Budding up is what most of the blooming plants indoors are really doing right now. Instead of saying “you should have been here last week” , as many gardeners seem to do when giving tours of their gardens, I should say “you should really stick around another week or so to see the real bloom fest of January”.
Did you know that buds are hard to photograph inside? They kind of blur into the background. For that reason, I’m only posting a picture of the bud of Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) ‘Blossom Peacock’.
There are also buds on Narcissus ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’, Jewel Orchid (Ludisia discolor), and another orchid (Stenosarcos Vanguard). I call it by the common name of Chicken Foot Orchid because that’s what the flower looks like to me.
And of course, I have a dozen hyacinths "on vase", which should make a wonderful display in February.
Now after seeing my few indoor blooms and buds, I really am ready to see what is blooming in other gardens in January. Please show me some blooms! Give me something to cling to until spring! Or commiserate with me if you are in a cold place, too. I'll even settle for pictures of blooms on upholstery, if that's what you've got.
It’s easy to participate in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th and then come back here to leave your link in the Mister Linkey widget below along with a comment to entice us to come for a virtual visit.
Oh, and another reason to leave a comment? Mister Linky isn't being very cooperative this bloom day and doesn't seem to be showing up. I've sent an SOS to him, and hope for resolution soon.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” – Elizabeth Lawrence