No matter where you garden, I guess the big topic for this month's Bloom Day will be the weather. Despite our prolonged (much too prolonged) cold, I guess we are lucky in that we somehow dodged the snowball that came out of the South earlier this week and blanketed everybody else on the East Coast. We were not so lucky earlier, and several of the white projectiles have hit the mark. Since early December, the number of nights it has not dropped below freezing can be counted on one gloved hand. So I thought for sure all I would have to offer you for bloom day would be the dried out bouquet from my wife's birthday, a tired old Poinsettia or my bloomed-out Christmas Cactus.
Earlier this week I was determined that I would work in the garden on my day off, no matter how cold it was or what was falling from the sky. I have been putting off pulling expired summer annuals, cutting back the banana clump, raking the fallen leaves from my neighbor's tree and clearing the porch pots of dead plants. Things were looking rather trashy, and all the bent over shrubs from the Christmas snow needed staking and or cutting back. Among all this work I was pleasantly surprised to see some blooms, not many, but at least there are a few.
The Yuletide Camellia (Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide') must be using the Julian calendar and is celebrating Christmas in January.
The Mahonia (Mahonia x 'Winter Sun') flowers have been preserved by the cold air, and are still holding lots of color.
Though flattened by several snows, the Pansies still bloom. The first two are Radiance Red and the next two are Delta Tapestry.
In my side garden near the street, I was surprised to see this volunteer Rose coming up. I'm not positive, but I think it is Rosa hiberniana, and have read that some people value its medicinal properties.
If you would like to see what January looks like in other gardens, then please visit Carol at May Dreams Garden. She is the hostess for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day held on the 15th of each month, and she does a fine job.