“Exactly two weeks from now, it will be March 1st,” my husband proclaimed this morning in between bites of a slice of wonderful rosemary olive bread. This caused me to panic a moment (I have yet to order seeds!), before I silently rejoiced (I can plant peas!). I say silently because my mouth was also full of rosemary olive bread freshly toasted and soaked in Earth Balance – a buttery substitute for us plant-based dieters. It was yet another moment, another savory bite later, I recalled it’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. I will say – even though I am a gardening plant addict – in the middle of February here in North Country, baked goods are better than blooms. Yes, you heard me, baked goods RULE over blooms! Even though it is Carol of May Dreams Gardens, our host of GBBD who lives by the premise that “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year” (Elizabeth Lawrence), I am savoring baked goods today, not blooms. I suppose I could share with you a few rather unsavory blooms but wouldn’t you rather drool over this?
We picked up this beauty in Kingston, Canada (did I mention we live close to the border?) at a lusty bakery called Pan Chancho. It was Valentine’s Day after all, so we embarked on a date day and took a trip to Kingston for brunch at Pan Chancho’s and a day of snow shoeing. (We also picked up some great Indian take out and a nice white wine to bring home for dinner. Look out, small town folk unleashed in the city!) I was too busy having fun to “plug in” but you may see highlights of Pan Chancho here. The sun was out, the snow was sparkly, love was in the air.
Oh yes, what is blooming? Hmmm, I’m pretty certain that there’s not much blooming out there.
Inside the violets are still blooming strong. See them bloom in January.
This bold little begonia surprised me. I have had these “annual” begonias for years. They really do winter over quite well indoors, obviously. I usually cut them back hard before I put them outside again for the summer.
The Christmas Cactus, while not thrilling me in January, thrills me now! This beautiful flush of color, stronger light, and longer days are beginning to lift my spirits.
But these meager blooms are not nearly as effective at improving my mood as baked goods! Mmmm … is it a sin to eat a whole loaf of bread in one day?