It is January 15th and that means it’s time to celebrate another Garden Bloggers Bloom Day (GBBD), a day when bloggers can stop for a moment and celebrate the beauty in their own gardens, as well as gardens around the world. GBBD all began a few years ago with Carol, the author of May Dreams Gardens blog. So after you’ve read my post, please stop by Carol’s blog and see what’s happening in her garden. And don’t forget to check out some of the other bloggers who have posted links to their gardens too. You’ll be amazed and inspired!
I have a confession to make, I have nothing interesting happening in my garden here in southwestern Connecticut (zone 6) in the middle of January. Sure I have a few colored twigs and remnants of berries but my photography skills aren’t good enough to showcase them.
While winter has only officially been with us for less than a month, it seems like everyone is already complaining about how long it seems. Like many parts of the country, it has been unusually cold here – the leaves on my poor rhododendrons have been curled up tight like knitting needles for so long I’m beginning to wonder if they’ll ever unfurl.
So I have taken my inspiration for this January GBBD from some quotes about winter and some memories of warmer times in my garden….
Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories. ~ From the movie An Affair to Remember
The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination. ~ Ward Elliot Hour
All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar. ~ Helen Hayes
I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~ Andrew Wyeth
Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day to you. And here’s hoping your memories of spring help chase away any winter blues.