Well, here we are starting off a new year with Garden Blogger Bloom Day. Sad to say there aren’t many flowers to show from a tour around the property. Certainly the most spectacular on site is a very nice Moth Orchid growing inside the house.
As is true with most of our orchids they blossom with incredible staying power, 4-6 weeks I would guess, and the flowers will stop you in your tracks.
It’s a good thing we have the orchids going on because outside there is not much to show this month. I took a pretty good walk around and saw only the same little snowdrop that has been out for nearly a month now.
Otherwise it was a lot of promising buds but no cigars (to borrow a phrase). We’ve had a lot of freezing or below days that have only just ended with 50 degrees yesterday, today, and tomorrow. One warm spell has trouble making up for a lot of frigid temperatures. Things like the hellebores and quince are just waiting in the wings and I see lots of daffodils sticking up their little green spikes. Scary to think that we are not even at the middle point of the winter as far as the ground temperature goes. That could make one start to plan a trip to Florida for spring training (which I plan to do this year…).
Of course even when the plants are dormant many of the birds are still here to keep us company. The red Cardinals are always a comfort when we get up in the morning. But today I was noting how nicely even the House Finches are colored when they are not side by side with the Cardinals.
Another surprising element to me is just how much color is left on the male Goldfinches even in the dead of winter. Is it always this way and am I just paying more attention?
Along with the warm weather we have had a couple of amazing sunsets. I sat outside and watched this one with a cup of tea last night. Those red adirondack chairs on the pasture hillside are wonderful for contemplation until the sun goes down and it gets cold enough to chase me inside. May your winter seed catalog dreams match glowing colors of the sunset…