Wednesday, January 15, 2014

GBBD: Just Chillin'

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!  The day of the month when bloggers can share what is blooming in their garden or in their home at the moment.  That is, if they have anything blooming . . .


Looking around my house, the pickings are pretty slim.  I never got around to chilling some bulbs so they could be forced this winter. The amaryllis bulbs were planted just a week ago and don't show any signs of growth yet.  The only "bloom" that even qualifies is this puny little bloom on a coleus overwintering in the spare bedroom.  Normally, I pinch these off during the growing season, but hey, I'm happy these cuttings are even alive!  I hope they make it till spring.


Outside, the snow from the polar vortex has mostly melted, but flurries every few days and the cold temps remind us that winter is far from over. The hellebores are still green, but dusted with snow, it will be a long while before any blooms appear.

Thanks to Carol for hosting this monthly meeting for seven years now; I wouldn't miss it, even if my contributions are pretty paltry.  But I know there are real blooms somewhere, so check out the entries at May Dreams Gardens to see what's blooming all over the world.

24 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

No outside blooms here either Rose. My hellebores look about like yours. Happy GBBD anyway. It sure gives us something to think about this time of year. All is well and good here. I hope you and yours are well and happy.

Maggie May said...

England has gone mad! We have fuchsias and roses still blooming from the summer and although the weather is rainy...... its very mild (Dare I say that without risk?!!!!!)
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Rose said...

Lisa, I had hoped for an amaryllis bloom or something inside by now, but no such luck. Glad to know all is well with you.

Maggie, I "visited" a UK blogger yesterday who had fuschia blooms galore--I couldn't believe it! Hope the rest of the winter stays as mild for you.

Sarah Laurence said...

Happy GBBD! I love your snow dusted leaf photo. Please share your snow - we have nothing but crusty ice and rain here in Maine.

Nadezda said...

Happy GBBD Rose! You have some plants that are visible and green. In my garden all is white and I'm glad because the weeks ago weather was cold and no snow, I was worrying the plants were cold.I hope your hellebore are fine and will bloom in February.
Have a nice week!

Lea said...

I haven't tried to keep coleus indoors in the winter, but maybe I should. Yours look good! January blooms are very few this year (actually non-existent here, but I did find a few buds).
Happy Gardening!
Lea

ledgeandgardens said...

I have few blooms as well but it is nice to visit GBBD of those in other parts of the country and the world who have an abundance at this time of year isn't it? It won't be long...wait, yes it will, three or four months.

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

We still have snow on the ground and more coming this weekend. Frankly I want the snow cover given the incredible cold temps we've had. I am afraid all my zone denial plants may croak from the cold spell. Love your coleus; it has a reality that forced bulbs don't share.

Indie said...

Yeah, all I have blooming around my place are some fading paperwhites and amaryllis left from the holidays. I did manage to finally put some bulbs in cold storage for forcing. Of course, they won't be ready until spring is nearly here!

gravy lessons said...

Rose, I love your second shot. Happy Bloom Day to you!

HELENE said...

Happy GBBD to you Rose, even if what you have in flower is sparse right now, it will soon burst into flower everywhere!

PlantPostings said...

No blooms here either, but that's "normal." Usually, I might have some indoor blooms, but this January is sparse. The Cyclamen is putting on new growth, but we'll see if it blooms again. I know that my Hellebores have buds under the snow because I saw them in November--it's amazing that they can stay in suspended animation through the winter! I'll bet you have buds, too, if you look closely. Amazing plants! Happy GBBD!

sweetbay said...

Are those spent Hydrangea paniculata blooms in the snow dusted picture? Whenever I see yours I think I must add one to my garden. Yours is so lovely!

Cassi Renee said...

My sister sent us a pot of forced spring bulbs as a Christmas present --I have 3 red tulips and a hyacinth blooming so far. The hyacinth smells so fabulous!!

tina said...

Your hellebores look pretty cold! Like anyone outside this year!

Dorothy Borders said...

It's a good time to do our "gardening" via seed catalogs and gardening magazines and books. Time to dream of that perfect garden we'll create this spring and summer!

Carol said...

I am also overwintering a coleus inside, but mine has no blooms on it. Thanks for sharing yours for bloom day!

Gail said...

You've been bombarded with snow and cold weather, hoping you get an early spring! I don't have much luck over wintering annuals, but, I did have one bloom outside! Happy GBBD.

Suburbia said...

Hi Rose, there's not much in my garden either but we are going to have an early spring I think. Hellebores are almost out, I hope we don't get a late cold snap.

I'm not envying your polar conditions.

Sx

Anna said...

Brrrrrrrrrr but at least you are having a winter Rose albeit an extreme one. Here very wet, windy and mild is the order of the day. My hellebore flowers are only just unfolding though.

Anna said...

Brrrrrrrrrr but at least you are having a winter Rose albeit an extreme one. Here very wet, windy and mild is the order of the day. My hellebore flowers are only just unfolding though.

Casa Mariposa said...

Absolutely nothing blooming here, either. But I'm happy to look out and see a few islands of green in the brown dormant garden. I'm overwintering a coleus, too. It's such an easy little plant to keep happy. :o)

Rose said...

Thanks all for stopping by. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one with a lack of blooms this Bloom Day. Though it's nice to see some real blooms in other parts of the country and the world.

Sweetbay, Those are hydrangea macrophylla blooms in the photo; the paniculata blooms are still on their stems!

gardeninacity said...

We don't have much going inside either, though we do have paperwhites that just bloomed. Good luck with your coleus cuttings!