|Helleborus niger 'Josef Lemper'|
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 5B garden in central Indiana, winter finally arrived last week after ten plus days of above average temperatures.
This helleborus, which has been blooming since mid-December, is frozen in mid-bloom, half covered by snow. When warm days return, which we are told will happen in a few days, I'm sure this plant will go right on blooming. It's a great addition to my winter garden.
Elsewhere in the garden, the snow cover is enough to remind me of what I left standing last fall.
Standing out in monochromatic dark brown against the white snow are...
There is some green in the garden.
Note there's a trail in the lower left by the chairs No doubt that is a rabbit trail leading to the shelter of a nearby spruce tree. Or perhaps it leads to a gigantic rabbit hole, the kind I could get lost in for the rest of the winter.
With blooms like these outside, a gardener has to do some indoor gardening to ensure some bloom in her life.
I planted some paperwhites on New Year's Day to enjoy in the depths of winter.
For those who have been posting for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day since it's beginning back in Feb. 2007, this post marks the end of the fifth year of bloom day posting. Wow, that means some of us have five years of online records about what blooms in our gardens each month.
Thank you to all those gardeners who have participated in this meme sometime during these past five years. You've helped make this a fun way to keep an online record of blooms.
What about your garden? How is January treating you?
Whatever your circumstances and however your garden looks during winter days, I hope you’ll join us for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day this month.
All are welcome!
It's easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month and then leave a link in the ‘Mr. Linky’ widget below, plus a comment to give us a hint as to what we might find in your garden in January.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” – Elizabeth Lawrence