Ah, Bloom Day! That day each month when our imaginative hostess Carol of May Dreams Gardens invites us to share what is blooming in our gardens. Or not, as the case may be. In January in my garden it's mostly not.
I scrounged through my garden, trying desperately to find some blooms I could show you today. I'm here to tell you the pickings are slim.
The vegetable garden actually gave me the most hope.
To help out the few bees who visit the garden in January, I've allowed one of my broccoli heads to bloom. Turns out that bees loooove broccoli! Especially when there's nothing else to sip from.
In the mesclun bed, some of the arugula has bolted and started to bloom. I really like these delicate little blossoms.
Okay, I know it's not a bloom, but I'm desperate here, and I just happen to love the look of this giant red mustard. It's too decorative to hide away in the veggie garden.
These poor little mums have a right to look bedraggled. They've been in bloom for months.
The coral honeysuckle, on the other hand, has just tentatively started blooming.
The winter-blooming leatherleaf mahonia is sloooowly opening up its little bell-shaped blossoms.
The rudbeckia, black-eyed Susan, has been in bloom since summer and stubbornly refuses to acknowledge that it is now winter, still sending out a few blossoms to brighten my days.
The 'Red Lion' amaryllis is almost there. Just like spring in Southeast Texas. In the midst of winter, it is the promise of spring.
Thank you for visiting my winter-sleeping garden this Bloom Day. Please come back soon.