I bet you're tired of seeing that video of the snowy Metrodome collapse by now. I know I am. But if you live in Minnesota, it's hard to ignore the snow. It's even harder to find something blooming.
I'm not home for this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Otherwise I'd scrounge around the house and maybe find an African violet or a kalanchoe with a few measly petals. I'd then have to give them a "glamour shot" treatment; a tight shot with soft focus or such to make them presentable for an audience.
As it is, I'm out of town getting ready to attend my daughter's college graduation in just a few days. And to be honest, GBBD had completely slipped my mind. Let's hope that's all that slips, freezing rain predicted for today. There's seems to be no escaping this winter.
Poinsettias can be cliche, and then there are all the variations on a theme; pink, maroon, green and those goddawful freckled ones. Then there's the glitter and dye-jobs. It's sad when our plants have to wear makeup. I think I still like the classic red; this one I've enjoyed immensely, with it's slight touch of variegation. Here's a photo from last week...
Thanks as always to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!
If you already have your holiday shopping done, you probably don't need this list. However, if you've been waiting for divine inspiration or panic to spur you on, maybe I can help.
If I only had to shop for gardeners, gift-buying would be a giddy, fun-filled spree skipping through the internet and multiple garden centers. I think, as a group, we are a grateful bunch, a group that's easy to please.
Just be glad you don't have to shop for my husband; good, all-around guy but not a gardener. His mother and I brainstormed on this gift topic recently but only came up with headaches.
I'll be the first to tell you that we bloggers get lots of samples and goodies. They come from generous and well-intentioned people hoping that we will find them delightful and/or useful, and then write about the wonders of their product. I'll admit right up front, that a few of my suggestions might spring from this, but mostly they are practical things that I myself would be happy to receive, any time of the year for that matter. So here we go...
Let me know if you have suggestion too. Otherwise, what are you waiting for? Get shopping!