It's Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - for December! Bloom Day is usually a time of joy, pride, and abundance, but December strikes fear into the gardener's heart. Will anything be blooming? Most of the time, that answer depends entirely upon your gardening zone.
I live in Texas, zone 8. We get freezing temperatures. But I still think that (most years) here, a garden planned well should be able to have blooms throughout most of the year.
Busy preparing for Christmas company, I haven't been out in the garden much. So, I didn't know what, or if, anything was blooming when I ventured outside to take photos for Bloom Day.
I was relieved to see that there were quite a few blooms.
But then I realized - Something was wrong!
Sure, there were blooms here and there, but these blooms were spaced too far apart for any real impact.
I thought about this for some time. I've heard of gardeners that have "a spring garden", "a summer garden", "a fall garden", and "a winter garden", each in different areas of the garden. But that concept has never been particularly appealing to me.
But I'm beginning to reconsider - at least for winter. These blooms would look so much better if they were placed near each other. Now I see that, with just a little tweaking, my garden could have an entire area that was truly beautiful in the winter.
I have one part of the garden that is fairly empty. Finding enough winter blooming plants to fill in and have a true "winter garden" would not be too difficult. And it could still look beautiful in summer.
I'm going to work on that concept.
Thanks, Bloom Day.
Because of you, I quit cooking, cleaning, decorating, painting, shopping, wrapping, and baking long enough to go outside and really see my garden, and how it could be even better.
My Bloom Day revelation? I live in a great zone. I should have a true garden in winter (or at least one area), not just a few scattered blooms!