What's a 206er doing in 509 country? The adventures of a city gal transplanted to the country with recipes, gardening tips, DIY projects, thoughts about living in harmony with wildlife and observations about rural life in Pend Oreille County.
With the start of the new year, I decided that this year I will be participating in the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Garden Bloggers from all around the world post a photo of what is blooming in their garden on the 15th of each month. Since some us live in cold climates with everything buried under snow, the "garden" can include indoor plants, too. My garden in USDA zone 6a is currently under several inches of snow, so at first glance there doesn't appear to be a bloom anywhere.
Moss on a branch
Looking a little closer, I found a tree branch with an unidentified species of moss (or some other bryophyte) with what looks like a bloom. Note to self: Since it is winter and there isn't much to do in the garden, time to get out your field guides to identify the species.
As I wander further through my bleak winter landscape, I see something else that had earlier escaped my notice. The alder trees are growing their catkins. They aren't quite blooming yet, but almost. Since none of my indoor plants are flowering right now either, the moss and the alder are what I have discovered in my garden on my January 2016 Bloom Day.
If you would like to participate and see the photos of gardens each month visit May Dreams Gardens.