Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day January 2016

Red and green leaves on the blackberry canes.

I’ve been scrolling enviously through other bloggers’ posts for today, enjoying the actual blooms in their gardens. In my zone 6 Indianapolis garden, blooms are in short supply. Mud we’ve got; blooms, not so much.

In fact, the only bloom I could find was these stalwart autumn pansies, still doing their best.

Yellow and red pansies in the snow.

Note the lingering remnant of snow. Frankly, I’ll take snow any day over a general sea of mud. It’s tidier, and all that white bounces around whatever light is available.

Color of any kind is elusive, as most plants have faded into the general muddy background. The only exceptions are my nest spruce, some of the herbs, and this waterfall of blackberry canes. Rats. Looks like I need yet more trellising.

Red and green leaves on the blackberry canes.


But spring will come again. I found buds on my apple and cherry trees, on the serviceberry and goumi,and on the chokeberry. The showiest, of course, are the fuzzy buds of the star magnolia.

Fuzzy buds of a magnolia tree.

Really, the only sensible thing to do is snuggle on the couch with my cats, a pot of tea, and some seed catalogs.

See what’s blooming in other bloggers’ gardens at May Dreams Gardens.

Fraudulent Farmgirl
I teach garden and homesteading skills—the stuff your great-grandmother knew how to do. But if there's a faster, cheaper, or easier way to do it, I'll find it!By day, I design earth-friendly gardens for Spotts Garden Service. By night, I don my Wellies to become the Fraudulent Farmgirl. On my small urban homestead, I've ripped out the front lawn to plant vegetables and fruit trees, turned the garage into a chicken coop and grown enough strawberries to feed half the neighborhood.


  1. That sounds like a fine way to spend an afternoon to me, Amy! Year-round gardening sounds better than it is in actuality – a nice winter break to refresh tired muscles, re-imagine your garden, and just chill (no pun intended) seems attractive to me after an afternoon spent hauling rainwater from my collection tanks hither and yon to keep my plants hydrated in the absence of the El Nino rains we’ve been promised.

  2. I too have been envious of the others who have something in gorgeous full bloom and I can also appreciate your observations about snow vs mud. Here in my garden in NE Washington state, currently I have snow, which at least keeps our feet clean when we go outside. Within a few weeks it will be a quagmire of mud and back to constant mopping after every 2 legged and 4-legged creature comes in the door.

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