I considered skipping Bloom Day this month. Frankly, after the horror of the last twenty-four hours with the murder of twenty innocent children and six of their caretakers in Connecticut, I'm not really in the mood for blogging about blossoms. But I have vented about that tragedy elsewhere so I won't burden you with further words about it here.
In fact, though, it may be at times like this that we most need our gardens. We need the consolation of the turning of the seasons, the beauty of Nature, and the belief that life will continue and that something good may come even of the deepest tragedy.
My garden is slipping into its short winter nap. We did have our first frost of the season on Monday night and our second one on Tuesday night. Since then it has gradually warmed up and temperatures are back near 80 degrees F today. But the two nights with temperatures at freezing put an end to most of the bloomers in my garden. That's okay. My garden has worked hard all year. It deserves a bit of a rest.
There are a few other plants still blooming in my garden - a few roses, the shrimp plant, Copper Canyon daisy, orange bulbine, even the purple lantana is still offering a few blossoms for winter butterflies to sip from - but most everything else is sleeping now and so we have to look inside for more blooms.
Remember to pay a visit to Carol at May Dreams Garden for a list of other Bloom Day participants and to see what's blooming around the world.