After last week's low temperatures, I did not think there would be anything to show for this month's Bloom Day. We got down to 14, which I know is nothing compared to other places, and besides, temps that low should actually be expected once in a while in zone 8. Though I don't think it killed any plants, I won't know for sure until spring. I do hope it killed a few fleas, some mites and maybe some scale. I walked the garden this weekend not thinking I would see any blooms, but was surprised that the quince was blooming and my Edgeworthia was starting to show color, though I will show these some other day. What caught my eye instead was the activity going on around my Mahonia x 'Winter Sun', where half a dozen honeybees were gathering scarce winter pollen. It is always a surprise for me see honeybees here in the city, but it is especially so in January. It gave me hope.
If you would like to see what might be giving other gardeners hope, visit Carol at May Dreams Garden who hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the fifteenth of each month, even January.