OK so I'm pushing the envelope a bit here but cut me some slack. After all it's January in New England. Most years my garden is covered with snow and the plants are all playing dead. So far, 2013 has graced us with unusually mild weather. Normally our average daily temperature for this time in January is 34 F, Yesterday we hit the mid to upper 50s. Although I enjoy the warmer temps, I'm aware of the potential negative impact on the garden. But let's face it-every year it's something.
I believe the party is over as of tonight. As usual though, the weather people don't seem to have a clue. So far the crystal ball has gone from snow changing to rain to 1-2" and now up to 4" of the fluffy white stuff. Halfway through the storm tomorrow they'll all look out the window and update the totals then crow about how accurate they were. Don't get me started.
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Garden for hosting this monthly (sort of) event. Usually my Arnold Promise witch hazel blooms around Valentine's Day so with any luck I'll make a legitimate return in February.
|Pay no attention to the ratty foliage and just look at the buds on this Helleborus foetidus. It won't be long now!|
|If you look REALLY close (and have a very vivid imagination) you can still see some life in the flowers of Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa'|
|Although this variegated Pieris is only in bud, it certainly LOOKS like it's blooming to me. Plus I think the foliage contrast with Microbiota decussata is a winner|
Unfortunately, even with stretching things a bit that was about all I could find. Not even the old reliable Daphne x transatlantica 'Summer Ice' had any flowers. Better luck next month!