Here, however, our climate is a little of this, a little of that. A little bit of freezing, with a sprinkling of some snow some years. Still, I wondered if I could get some plants to bloom during the coldest months of the year. So, I began to plan and to plant.
Then, digging around on different garden blogs, I found a fun monthly group of participants engaging in a garden game of sorts. Called Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, I realized this would be a test of my garden, and of my skill as a gardener. I did have a bloom in January. So, I was optimistic, but still a bit worried about February, especially after the unusually long freezing temperatures we sustained.
Well, I'm tickled and pleased to present my first addition to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. A camellia bud just beginning to open:
If it had opened earlier, it would have frozen. But it held off, even though I begged and pleaded with it to hurry and bloom. (Thank goodness it didn't take my advice!) It is now opening slowly, but surely (I've been watching it every day), and even though it's in bud stage and not technically a bloom, I'll take it. Of course, as every gardener knows, each year is different, and I may not always have a bloom, or even a bud, to share. But I've always loved a challenge.