Friday, January 15, 2016

Blooming in My Garden Today - January 2016

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.

Alder Catkins
 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.

7 comments:

  1. Beautiful photo of the moss!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea

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    1. Thank you. One of the good things about having a garden covered in snow is that I noticed the beauty of small things that I would probably have missed if there were more flowers and foliage.

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  2. The catkins are beautiful and so is the light in that photo. That's the nice thing about snow, everything looks so bright. Beats grey old England!

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    1. Thank you. When I took the time to look at them closely, I thought the catkins were surprisingly beautiful, too.

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  3. Welcome to Bloom Day Vicki! You have an amazing eye for photography and have captured the moss well through the lens. Thank you for stopping by my blog!

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    1. Thank you, Lee. I'm so glad I found the Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. It has been so much fun to see what is happening in everyone's garden.

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