Garden Bloggers Bloomday Caboose January 2023
The January deluges here in California have finally subsided with only one day forecast to bring more rain in the next week or so. Last night the frost made a comeback but the sun is shining and the standing water in my garden has soaked in. Professional landscape photographers love to shoot in bad weather but they have weather sealed cameras and appropriate garb which I do not. I do have a couple pairs of waterproof boots and a raincoat , used primarily to get from the parking lot into the grocery store. The photos this Bloomday are consequently rain-delayed and a little rough since I didn't want to step into my water-logged garden during a rain break yesterday and could not get as close to the few plants that actually have flowers as I would have liked. Much cropping was involved.
The combination of either late nights and mornings in the 20's or dark soggy days have produced an almost flower-free January this year-I predict a glorious spring provided there is actual sun. So here are the meager offerings for this month .
I included the Hellebores even though they are not quite open, and there are a few more I couldn't photograph without stepping into puddles or mud. Their appearance every winter certainly raises the spirits. 'Ivory Prince and 'Pink Frost' are the only named varieties here, the others are unamed seedlings that have been spreading for many years in my garden.
The Correas are reliable fall/winter/spring bloomers here and take a rest in the heat of summer. The foliage looks great year round, and they take the heat and low summer water quite well.
And last, I'll include Aloe 'Moonglow' which so far has made it through both the torrential rains and the heavy frosts and has multiple bloom spikes . I'm hoping they won't blast in the next few weeks . Though our last average frost date is early March, the duration of the freezing temps shrinks significantly and the warmer and longer days will typically lessen the risk . I took the precaution of making a slight berm when planting 'Moonglow' since I knew this bed was a risk for standing water , and so far I see no damage on the plant.
Carol at May Dreams Gardens is our hostess for Garden Bloggers Bloomday on the 15th of every month , year round.