Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for January 2010!
Like an advance scout, this little snowdrop has sent up one shoot to see if it is safe to bloom and send for the other spring flowers. It’s January. It is not safe. January is cold and snowy and it will be several more weeks before even the earliest snowdrop actually blooms.
But the good thing about our cold and snow in January is that we expect it. We plan for it, we know how to deal with, and more importantly, our plants are ready for it. They “know” what to do to survive the freezing temperatures, and the snow, the ice, the sleet, the cold. It is the way it is supposed to be. I send condolences to gardeners in Texas and other southern states who experienced this kind of cold last week where it is not supposed to be that cold. They have all learned the hard way that no amount of covering will protect a plant from temperatures that dip into the teens (Fahrenheit).
Elsewhere in my garden, the snow from last Thursday is gradually melting as the temperatures finally got above freezing on Wednesday. After eleven days of literally freezing weather, it is a welcome change.
Inside, I have three amaryllis bulbs from last year that are in various stages of bloom and bud.
The one that is actually blooming is a variety called ‘Green Goddess’.
It’s accompanied by the blooms of the Jewel orchid, Ludisia discolor.
This orchid has faithfully flowered every January and is an easy orchid to grow, with handsome maroon-ish colored leaves with pink stripes. It would be great foliage to show for Foliage Follow up, hosted by Pam at Digging on the day after bloom day.
Elsewhere indoors, the hyacinths are “on vase”, the poinsettia from the holidays still looks very bright red, and the Crown of Thorns, Euphorbia sp, is blooming. But it always has a bloom or two.
What’s blooming in your garden on this fine January day? We would love to find out!
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 of the month and then come back here to leave your link in the Mister Linky widget below along with a comment to entice us to come for a virtual visit.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” – Elizabeth Lawrence