A little more than a week ago, our temperatures here in the Binghamton area of upstate New York hovered around zero (-17 C) with wind chills in excess of minus 20. (To you using the Celsius system, that translates to brrrrrrrr.)
|Catskill Mountains, New York State, 1/10/14|
Friday, taking a 150 mile drive to my mother in law, the scenery looked like this. No flowers here. Just snow. Ice was floating in the river that followed the highway.
Two days later, our high temperature where we were was 54 (12.2 C). When we came home here (a colder area) it had been 48. Even yesterday, we got up to 45 degrees (7.2 C). But soon, this will be coming to an end.
I had no flowering plants in my house. I thought I would have to skip this month. But then, I took a closer look.
Last month, I blogged about a gift gerbera daisy that was dying in my house. I brought it to work and it rewarded me with a bloom and a bud in time for last month's GBBD. This month, the first bloom is dying and the second bloom is showing itself off. No more buds, so not sure if this is the plant's last hurrah or not.
Meanwhile, at home, I had bought a primrose I intended to bring to my mother in law (she is recovering from a radiation implant surgery, as my regular readers know). At the last minute, I decided she didn't need one more plant to take care of. The tag doesn't give the variety but the older flowers are pinkish/salmon and the newer, opening flowers, are white.
My mother in law is undergoing surgery again today, to remove her implant. I'm not in the area, but it will be busy nevertheless, as we wait for results.
And now, please be sure to visit some of the other sites participating in today's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.