Nevertheless, I went out into the garden with camera in the hope of finding a few stray blooms. This is not the January 15th of 2009.
The four nerve daisy, Tetraneuris scaposa, has to be one of the toughest plants around. Neither wind, rain nor freezing temperatures will stop it from blooming. I'll forgive it for its habit of seeding all over the garden for producing a sunny little bloom on a miserable winter's day.
Daisy fleabane, Erigeron, will take plenty of punishment too. It is always one of the first blooms to appear in late winter.
Snug in one of my multiple microclimates, alyssum usually blooms all winter long.
My mulleins became very confused with our favorable fall temperatures. Instead of producing that gorgeous low mat of fuzzy leaves it sent out a flower stalk and is now blooming. Texas tough.
I am hoping to overwinter this ice plant. It continues to bloom, while protected from the elements, in the greenhouse. Apart from these few blooms the garden sleeps, preparing for a new season.
Happy bloom day gardeners and thanks to Carol at Maydreams for hosting. Y'all me your blooms to brighten a gloomy day.