Welcome (I think) to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in my zone 5b garden near Binghamton, New York.
December has been a strange month, as have so many recent months. On Black Friday (November 23) it got down to four above zero. We've had snow, enough to totally jam everything up.
Snow is usual for us in November and December, but now, we have temperatures in the low 40's and everything has melted.
Because of personal events in the last month, I haven't been able to care for my plants as I normally would, and today's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day will be sparse.
I did buy an African Violet to cheer me up. Now, if I can only remember to water it. I've already lost several houseplants in the past couple of months.
Outside? After it's gotten down to four above zero (-15.5 C) already this fall? Well, actually, now that the snow has melted, this has been revealed - buds on my early blooming Lenten Rose. Enough times it is caught by a January cold wave, but maybe not this year.
And, wonder of wonders, my April Rose camilla plant (yes, a camilla in upstate New York!) is hanging on for another year, but there is no sign that it will ever bloom again.
Want more? Head on over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day every 15th of the month.
Merry Christmas (almost) to all my readers who celebrate. And Happy Holidays to all.
See you next month!