Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for January 2022, and Happy New Year.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, winter has so far been mild, though we did have several days of temperatures dropping down into the single digits last week.
So I knew my attempts to find blooms outside would be much like an archeological dig. I found mostly fragments of the past growing season, like these dried hydrangea flowers.
And these tall sedum blooms.
These look great with snow on them, but you’ll have to imagine it as we’ve not really had a good snowfall, yet. (I describe a good snowfall as one that lures us outside with our snow shovels. I have one of those wolf snow shovels with the giant wheel, so I get a few looks from neighbors when I haul it out. But as I say, if your neighbors don’t think you’re a little crazy, you need to up your gardening game, and your snow shoveling game.)
Occasionally in January we see flower remnants which remind us that some plants love the cold, to a degree.
For these violas, that degree was passed by those single digit temperatures.
Ditto these shells of snowdrops.
But there is still hope for more blooms on Helleborus niger, the Christmas Rose.
I thought that was it for January, but then I spied out of the corner of my eye…
A dandelion, acting as though spring is just around the corner.
Spring isn’t just around the corner but every day brings us closer to it.
And that’s my Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day Post for January 2022.
For those keeping track, I started this meme back in February 2007, so with this post, I have a 15-year record of what blooms in my garden on or around the 15th of every month.
I’d love to have you join in, whether for the first time or the 180th time. (Yes, I did the math… 12 posts a year times 15 years = 180.)
All are welcome! Post on your blog about the blooms in your garden on or around the 15th of the month, then come back here and leave a link in the Mr. Linky widget, and a comment to let us know what you have waiting for us.
Let’s read this part together…. We can have flowers nearly every month of the year. — Elizabeth Lawrence
Arun Goyal says
Lovely post ! It is wonderful to know that your meme has completed 15 long years. Congratulations Carol ! I have been associated with your meme for almost 5 years now. Our frigid weather as derailed the spring this year. Stay safe Stay home.
15 years is a long time! Thanks for doing Bloom Day for that long. I enjoyed seeing other people’s Bloom Day posts long before I started to participate.
I’ve actually never seen snow drops’ blooms killed by frost before; looks sad, but I’m sure there will be many more to come.
Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening says
Your post made me smile this morning as we search in the garden in freezing cold, reminisce about the season past and dream of spring to come. I have been following Bloom Day since 2010 and it has been my inspiration to keep a garden diary going, which I now treasure, so thank you Carol! Here’s to a wonderful 2022 with many new gardening adventures! Happy Bloom Day!
15 years! Fantastic. It does make a good garden diary, and it’s good for me because I’m so bad at keeping records. I’ve posted monthly since mid 2011, when a blogger told me about it, and it keeps me going, also – I thank you, Carol, for all your work in keeping this going, month after month. Hope you and your participants all have a great 2022 gardening season.
Barb Rogers says
I missed reading this post until after I’d already posted my orchids and their props yesterday…so I did an addition to it. Nobody who reads my posts will know I’m a bloom day addition…but now you do! Congrats on a longevity of a meme on blogger!
Kris P says
Thank you for creating this monthly tradition and for keeping it running, Carol! I didn’t start blogging until late December 2012 but I remember how pleased I was to publish my first GBBD post in January 2013. I’ve never missed a single month since so I’ve got 108 Bloom Day records and I look back at that history regularly.
danger garden says
Dandelion saves the day! But those poor snowdrops…
Christopher CNC says
It takes the wrong conditions to freeze a snowdrop. Are you sure they did not get pollinated in some warm and close up shop early? Fifteen years. Wow. Bloom Day is a keeper.
Jean at Jean's Garden says
My Maine garden is under snow, a good thing in sub-zero temperatures, so I’m enjoying my indoor winter blooms on flowering houseplants. Thanks so much for keeping this going for so many years, Carol.
Dee A Nash says
Fifteen years is a very long time. It’s as long as I’ve blogged in October. You should be proud of this meme. ~~Dee
Winter has really settled in for us. This is testimony for why a greenhouse is a nice thing to have in Maryland. For the next month we will be actively looking for signs of spring…
Amy@Small Sunny Garden says
180 is a wonderful garden record. It’s too bad your snowdrops got nipped.
I’m really stretching the “on or about the fifteenth of the month”, but I’ve finally got a Bloom Day post up… with flowers. I can’t seem to link via Mr Linky, so I’ll leave my post here: https://smallsunnygarden.substack.com/p/january-blooms-in-a-vase