Happy Almost February!
The good news? I’m busy writing! I’ve picked up several more magazines to write for, and that’s a good thing. I’m working on a garden essay right now that I’m really excited about that will appear in one of the new magazines. Plus, I’m about 90% finished writing three articles for two of my regular mags. I’m writing, and getting paid for it! And, I’m making time to write memoir and personal essays. I work most days 9-6, including some weekends, with a nice long lunch and walking break. I’m getting better about deadline stress. I finally created my writing life that I dreamed about for years.
The bad news? Aaargh! I’m not keeping my blogging promise. BUT, today, here I am. Come along with me on a quick tour through my late January garden.
Winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis) are among my favorite winter-blooming plants. It isn’t difficult to tell they are in the buttercup family. I like them especially before they open fully, as in the photo below. Their sweet, dainty green collars are actually leaf-like bracts that really accentuate that bright yellow flower.
Ahhh…sweet crocus. Always a delight to step outside on a frigid January day and see these diminutive guys blooming their little hearts out.
Snowdrops. Which one? If you would’ve asked me last year, I would’ve had an answer. This year, they are lovely snowdrops. As I grow older, I’m more comfortable with latin nomenclature ambiguity.
These snowdrops I remember, or I can recall, by looking at their slender, twisty leaves. They are Galanthus gracilis.
An early hellebore. I think these gorgeous flowers should be renamed heavenebores. I mean, aren’t they so heavenly? Although, they sure are tough-as-hell plants. So we can keep the name. I wrote a blog post on the variety of hellebores in my garden. Click here to view some of out-of-this-world beauties from my garden.
And this? This little tree creature appeared on my walk one day last week. How adorable! Thanks to whomever “placed” him there on the tree. If your intent was to make me smile, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. 🙂
Thanks for letting me show you around my garden. I’m so happy you came with me.
See you next time…