Monday, January 14, 2008

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - January

There are many a garden blogger living in climates where blooms are possible out in the garden all year round. However, here in the Chicago area although we are bloomless the garden need not be totally bleak.
After our winter walk through check out Carol's
May Dreams Garden
for a look at the many January gardens in blogger land.

Of first interest to a habitat garden is overwintering wildlife. Amid the bark, seed heads,leaves and stems life has slowed to its barest minimum, waiting for longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures when full activity may return.

Hiding beneath a blanket of its own making strawberry plants seem never to go completely dormant.

Look how green the hobbit garden looks. It was protected by a covering of snow during most of Decembers cold. Now that the snow has melted I will be covering the hobbit roof with branches cut from what was our Christmas tree. It is a small area and the protection is to guard against drying winds and fluctuating temperatures. While all the plants have made it through several winters, they look better quicker in spring with a little intervention now .
Shrubs bring so much texture and color to a winter garden. Some with fine branching or evergreen leaves,

some bringing contrast to fences and fallen leaves, some hanging onto dried flowers or seeds. All providing perches for birds to search for hidden insects,berries and fallen seed.

This heuchera is showing new growth spurred by a few days of warmer temperatures. I have seen this in many warm spells with melting snow and sunshine. Over the next week the cold will return with a vengeance so rest awhile longer dear garden.

Hope to met up with you somewhere else along the tour.


Blogger Frances said...

Thanks for the tour. Your garden looks like a wonderful home for the birds. We are all suffering from the freeze/too warm weather, even here in TN. We will see what plants can withstand the drastic changes during winters fickleness.

15/1/08 4:39 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Hi Gloria,

With no deep snow it's easier to see how many plants still have a presence in a Chicago winter - I always loved those red twig dogwoods. You've found beauty in the phlox sublata, heuchera and strawberry leaves, too.

Thanks for the previous post on Bumblebees, too - I'm always happy to see them, but will know a little more about them when they reappear here.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

15/1/08 11:15 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Gloria, your Chicago garden has so much winter interest. The branches, grasses, and tiny bits of green showing near the ground, all speak to how 'alive' the garden is, even when it is supposedly dormant.

Thanks for joining us for Bloom Day again,
Carol, May Dreams Gardens

15/1/08 5:55 PM  
Blogger Lisa at Greenbow said...

Gloria your post just shows how blooms aren't the only lovely things in gardens. It is good that we enjoy every essence of the garden. You showed this very good.

15/1/08 6:13 PM  
Blogger jodi said...

One of my favourite stops along the blogging tour, Gloria. I like the subtle colours and textures of your winter garden--and I can hear all the happy slumbering wildlife of all sorts, too.

15/1/08 9:19 PM  
Blogger Yolanda Elizabet said...

No blooms but still a lot to show on GBBD. I love the red dogwood and how nice to see so much green in your garden too. If you listen carefully you'll hear the plants grow. ;-)

16/1/08 6:35 AM  
Blogger shirl said...

Hi again, Gloria :-)

Great post! I am probably seen as quite sad but, I love to see the garden as you have shown it. Winter has great interest and a beauty all of its own and you have shown this so well :-D

16/1/08 5:27 PM  
Blogger Gloria said...

Frances,we are suffering through some sub-zero temperatures this weekend.After which it will snow again. Takes a hardy plant palette to make it through.

Annie at TR, I like for the garden to look different each season. When everywhere is grass and evergreens, all seasons look alike. Glad you read the bumble bee post.

Carol, everyone has shown such creativity in posting their winter perspective. I'm still checking all those participants.

Lisa, Thank you. I enjoyed recording a few winter scenes even without snow.Although snow makes it even prettier.

Jodi,hopefully all are snug with this miserably cold weather we have this weekend.

Yolanda, it is amazing how many low growing plants maintain green throughout the winter,especially if there is a good cover of snow through the worst cold.

Shirl, we understand.Not all northern gardeners hide away for the winter.Just on the very coldest days...LOL

20/1/08 10:47 PM  

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