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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

What's Blooming in the Garden on January 1st.

While I have skipped a few years, it has been somewhat of a tradition to photograph anything I can find blooming in our garden on the first day of a new year. I got the idea from an English gardener I read about in a gardening magazine years ago.

Some years, if we have had a deep freeze, there will be little or nothing in bloom, but this year, as is common, we have only had light frost so far, even though we have had snow. 

Even so, one must look closely to find some blooms. Here is what I found. 
 Daisy fleabane - Erigeron
 a wall pocket campanula
 Fun guy (OK, fungi)


Kaffir lily (Schizostylis coccinea)
 Winter jasmine


 winter blooming cyclamen just popping up
 Sarcococca buds just about ready to pop, releasing a sweet vanilla scent.
 Golden feverfew
One tiny bloom of Basket of Gold (Aurinia saxatilis)

Venturing into Tom's greenhouse, I found geraniums blooming.

All of the blooms outside are subject to the vagaries of Mother Nature. Inside the green house, Tom is in charge.

We'll see how it all turns out. 


  1. You have lots more blooming than I do! I have a lot of mush and dry sticks. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. Wow. Everything is under snow blanket here and temps have been below zero for a week now. Plants are too smart to send out blossoms in this kind of weather. I am impressed by the amount of blooming you found. What a nice tradition for a gardener to keep up.

  3. impressive, i doubt i can find any blooms here...

  4. That's amazing. I don't think we have that many blooms in June.

  5. Aren't we lucky to live in a climate that allows for blooms in January? I like this tradition of finding things in bloom on the first day of the new year.

  6. A green house is the way to go. There is more color in there than in my spring garden. Got my first seed catalog today. The dreaming starts.

  7. That's a lot of blooms for January, Linda. I should think about planting some of those around here so I could have some color in the winter. :-)

  8. I'm impressed! All I have is covered with snow and ice. I imagine the Hellebores will be the first to show signs of growth once this all melts away.

  9. Looks like early spring. Our yard is under two feet of the white stuff!

  10. Wow! That's amazing! You still have things blooming when it's so cold.


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