Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for January 2024.
And Happy New Year.
Here in my USDA Hardiness supposedly zone 6b garden in central Indiana, we are experiencing the same artic blast of air that is affecting most of the country.
Any ideas I had of walking about the garden to see what odd, incidental bloom I might find in the middle of January were dashed by the minus readings on the thermometer. It was -3F when I took the picture of these snowdrops that have been blooming for quite a while.
In the absence of blooms, what’s a gardener to do?
Well, how about reading a column written in January 1969 by Elizabeth Lawrence for The Charlotte Observer titled “Bud-Hunting”?
And I quote:
“This is Beverley Nichol’s favorite. “You may say ‘what does it matter whether they up come up in January or March, provided they come up?” he admonishes his readers. “However if you were capable of asking that question you would not be reading me at all, for unless you long to defeat winter, to make your gardening year an endless chain of blossom, this would all be a sorry bore for you.”
I do like the idea of an endless chain of blossom as Elizabeth says Beverley wrote. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
But “an endless chain of blossom” isn’t the easiest thing to achieve when January (and probably February) turns artic on us so this will not be a long litany of blooms.
For the record, the Christmas roses, Helleborus niger, are still blooming outdoors, but I’m not going out there again just for a picture.
Indoors, the ever-blooming crown of thorns is blooming.
I have some amaryllis, too, but all the blooms have faded on most of them, and those left now are still big fat buds. My poinsettia is fading, too, and looks less than its best. I am only keeping it around so I can see if the advice offered by Daisy Thomson Abbott in 1932 to get it to rebloom will work.
I also just put some hyacinth bulbs out on their vases, and I can alrady see some buds coming up. They should be in full bloom by mid-February. And now that we’ve had some good cold temps, I may also dig up some lily of the valley pips to force into bloom indoors for February.
In other words, you should have seen my garden last month or just wait until you see what’s going to be blooming in February!
But for January? I don’t have much to show in my endless chain of blossom.
But Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day goes on, even when we don’t have many blooms to show!
What’s blooming in your garden or greenhouse or sunroom or sunny window as we reach the middle Of January? Join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us.
It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog or Instagram feed or Substack or wherever you put your stuff online on or around the 15th of the month. Then, come back here and leave a link to tell us how to get to your post and a comment to tell us what you have to show us.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence