Friday, January 15, 2010

Signs of Life on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Indoors I have African violets and paperwhite blooms galore, but outside is just a wash of grey-brown blech for this month's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Or so I thought. I went out after lunch and looked for signs of life returning to my Mid-Atlantic garden on the Maryland/DC border. Found lots of buds swelling up. My Winter Jasmine still looks a coupke weeks away from blooming, which is definitely behind schedule. Who can blame it though? I feel the same away due to the after weeks of relentless below-freezing temps, constant drying winds, and not much else since last Thanksgiving. Today's sun and 50-degree high mark was a true blessing. Chantilly (the cat) and I took a short sun bath in the upstairs rooms after yoga this morning. Felt so good.



Azalea




Japanese Iris



Winter Jasmine

















Star Magnolia












Hellebore (Lenten Rose)

4 comments:

  1. Buds: the promise of things to come. Next month or the next will be marvelous on Bloom Day. Hope springs eternal.

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  2. Thanks, Nell Jean. Now that I've "scouted" them I'm going to check on these buds daily :-)

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  3. It's almost as much fun to study buds as to look at flowers. One of my favorite passages in Karel Capek's The Gardener's Year is his paragraph about buds. Must re-read it soon.....

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  4. Your photos prompted me to go check my hellebores. Love those beauties and their wonderful early signs of spring.

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