Friday, January 15, 2010

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - January 15, 2010

Today is my inaugural Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post.  I've joined a group who post what's blooming in their yards on the 15th of the month.   It will be fun to see what Mother Nature brings each month.

When you've looked through my Hill Country blooms, click the link above to wander out and see what else is blooming in the garden world.

I never know what will happen when I walk out my front door.  Last week we had days of hard freezes, uncommon in our zone 9b clime.  My few blooms  frosted and dropped.  I thought.

One lone flower spray, just enough to remind us of spring.  Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), native to the eastern US as far west as Texas.  Ours is evergreen, kind-of, keeping a sprinkle of leaves through the winter before filling out in spring. 

Prostrate Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis, sp. unknown).  Tiny blue blooms attract bees and butterflies.  On warm winter days, our prostrate rosemary buzzes with activity.

Miniature tea rose, (Rosa, sp. unknown).

One petal left from a bloom before the freeze.  The winter foliage is an attractive red.  It will green up again in spring.

A couple of years ago, I came home with this from the grocery store, a bitty $4 plant wrapped in foil, three buds waiting to open, to put in the guest room for my mother's visit.  Then forgot about it until I went in to change the sheets when she'd gone.  Poor little rose was dried and withered.  But you never know, so I replanted it in a larger pot with good soil, sun and water, next to the rosemary to discourage the deer.  It's a survivor.

We don't all have blooms in winter but there is beauty everywhere...color, light, form.  Hope today you look around and find the beauty blooming in your path.
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