Well, it is another dark day of Winter here in North Country and the snow globe has been shaken. Just when things were beginning to melt! At least now everything looks “fresh.” Whoop dee doo.
Though I still find peace in the beauty of a fresh snowfall, and it might do me good, I am not venturing out there into the garden where I am sure some terrific captures of seed heads stacked with flaky snow await. I am sick of “snow skating” the uneven, icy, lumpy, terrain just to have my foot break through the crusty surface into muck and noticing yet another pile of dog doo. I’m tired of “penguin shuffling” in thick socks, puffy coat, static-cling-hat, and waddling mittens then forgetting something inside … like my “boat drink” yes, waitress I need two more boat drinks … I need to go where it’s warm. Yeah, Jimmy.
Today I am settling for whatever is blooming indoors. I did not plant any bulbs this year and I never properly rested my Amaryllis from last year so I will have to see if there is anything blooming among the houseplant masses. Violets! (Of course, you would expect the author of the Violet Fern blog to own a few violets, wouldn’t you?) With their fuzzy round leaves and dainty, glittering blooms they should induce cheer but sigh, to me the leaves look dusty and some look downright “tired” and should be clipped off.
My Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid is sending up a spike but I am not as thrilled as last year. Last year the flower buds fell off before blooming (I’ve yet to research the cause). I am still struggling with my Orchids. Sigh.
The Christmas Cactus is still blooming also in this table top garden. These shocking pink blooms are bright and merry and should really lift my spirits but, sigh, they don’t.
These are symptoms of Cabin Fever and we are only half way through January! Yesterday, scratching the surface of Botany in the Master Gardener class, we were shown a short Nova documentary entitled First Flower. I never really thought about what and where the first flower bloomed. It is yet unknown, but what amazed me is the amount of plants in our gardens that originated from the Hengduan Mountains of China as shown in the documentary. Seeing all those flowers really made me long for Spring. I just may order some plants to cheer myself up!
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year” – Carol of May Dreams Gardens quotes Elizabeth Lawrence. And so she now hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of each month to prove it. If you need some flower-cheer-me-up be sure to visit bloggers around the world who celebrate this day.