I wandered around hoping I'd be surprised by a flower. Unfortunately there were no surprises - although I did see lots of buds on plants. Pansies and Violas are probably all I'll see blooming for at least another month.
I've got quite a few Pansies blooming throughout the yard, but it was so windy I had a hard time taking their pictures.
This Primrose has been blooming for months.
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol of May Dreams Gardens, where you can go to see what is blooming in other gardeners gardens right now. I'm hoping January will bring Hellebores and Sarcococca blooms at least.
The Anna's Hummingbird that kept me company while I was outside. Thinking that if I put up another feeder I would have more Hummingbirds visiting ended up not working out the way I hoped. Now not only does she guard the old feeder, but the new one as well. Several times another one tried to sip some nectar only to be chased off.
While stopping by my favorite nursery yesterday to pick up some gift cards (and drool over the expensive Christmas Roses (Helleborus niger) that I can't seem to break down and buy yet) I found the pamphlet for the Northwest Flower and Garden show that is going on February 23 - 27, 2011. I had heard the theme was going to be something about fairy tales. Once I got home I started looking at the list of speakers that will be there and couldn't believe how many names I now know from garden blogs, books and the NPR Greendays (KUOW 94.9 FM Tuesdays at 10 am) radio show. I started circling and circling the seminars that I want to attend and practically circled them all. Once the holidays are through the Flower and Garden show is the next big thing I look forward to until spring arrives.