Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, a monthly meme hosted by May Dream Gardens, a blogger in Indiana, where gardeners and flower lovers gather from all over the world to show what is blooming in their yards (or houses).
Last month, for the first time ever, I was able to show flowers blooming outside my zone 5b upstate New York house. The key word here is "outside".
In fact, if Garden Bloggers Bloom Day had been just a couple of weeks before, I could have featured a blooming white hellebore.
Alas, snow now covers the ground, my white hellebore's flowers have frozen dead and the action has moved indoors. But what action it is.
Soon to join it is something I did not expect. Last Mother's Day (May, here in the United States) I bought my mother in law a phalaenopsis. I liked the cachepot so much that I treated myself to one, too. I don't have the best track record with orchids. Earlier this year, in fact, I managed to kill the only one that ever rebloomed twice for me.
I was watering the plant yesterday and this is what I saw. Buds! In January, no less.
These preexisting plants have been joined by a plant I bought about three weeks ago, a primrose.
And, speaking of supermarkets, I was shopping at our local Aldi and saw this hyacinth, forced in water, for sale on Wednesday. It was small, but the price was right. This is a store where, if they feature plants, you have to get them the same day they arrive because no one takes care of them. Hopefully, the rest of them sell to good homes.
Now please stop and smell the roses - and other flowers. Head on over to May Dream Gardens and see what else is blooming this 15th day of January.