Four years ago, on February 10, 2007, I posted that little quote from Elizabeth Lawrence, prattled on about what blooms through the year in my garden and invited anyone who wanted to join me to post about what was blooming in their gardens on the 15th of the month.
I decided to call this designated day "Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day".
Five days later, on February 15, 2007, I had absolutely nothing blooming outside under a blanket of snow, but I posted anyway and 36 other bloggers joined me by either commenting or posting about what was blooming in their gardens on that day.
Fast forward to today. I now have four years of history on my blog about what is blooming on the 15th of every month in my garden and I've met many other garden bloggers who have joined in at various times, sharing what is blooming in their gardens.
In the beginning, I tried to look at every blog that had a bloom day post and leave a comment, but once we got to a hundred or so a month, I couldn't do that anymore. But I still try to look at new blogs and have found some great blogs through this meme. And I've discovered several new plants that I've added to my garden after seeing their blooms featured on someone's bloom day post.
In five days, on February 15th, I'll once again be posting on my blog about what's blooming in my garden as I begin a fifth year of bloom day posts. Like most of my February bloom day posts, it won't be a long list, but with a warm up in the weather forecast for this weekend, there might be a surprise bloom out there. I hold out hope, having once had a crocus bloom in my front flower bed on January 28th!
Thank you to all those who have participated, whether from the beginning or starting with last month. You've all enriched my gardening life, expanded my knowledge of plants and hardiness zones, and made me realize that, yes, in some places you really can have flowers nearly every month of the year.