January GBBD

“January Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for coming up with GBBD.  This is the day (15th of the month) in which we post everything which is blooming in our gardens.   This time of year there usually isn’t as much blooming as during the warmer months, but still there are a few blooms.

Please pardon the somewhat fuzzy photos; it was very windy when I got home from work today, and everytime I tried to snap a photo, the wind picked up.

Of course, there is the early narcissis bulbs showing cheery flowers.


A few roses still are producing flowers such as Iceberg and the Knockouts, esp. Blushing.


Butterfly weed started blooming about two weeks ago.


The stray hibiscus still shows up even in winter.


The warmer weather we had lately has allowed the Lady in Red sage to bloom.


It goes without saying that the usual winter flowers are doing well: violas, camellias, and for us, petunias.





Forsythia has been blooming very early this year.


I know that a large part of the northern hemisphere is experiencing very cold weather right now (even here, it will be cold tonight), and I hope you enjoy looking at the blooms that are here in the Gulf South.



  1. tina said,

    January 15, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Very much Jan. Very nice blooms.

  2. January 15, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I was waiting for your GBBD, Jan. Great pictures, though I’d have loved to see enlarged one. I’ve fallen in love with your Narcissus!

  3. Racquel said,

    January 15, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful blooms today Jan! It will be another month before the Forsythia starts blooming in my garden (at least).

  4. Jan said,

    January 16, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Thanks, Tina.

    Chandramouli, that narcissus is one of the few spring bulbs that do well here. So many others won’t repeat bloom. That is the reason I have started planting only the small-flowering ones in the past few years.

    Racquel, so many of our plants are blooming very early this year. We had a warm spell, and I guess they all thought spring was here.

  5. Phillip said,

    January 16, 2009 at 8:15 am

    So nice to see blooms in other gardens this time of year!

  6. hayefield said,

    January 16, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Ooh, it’s kind of disorienting to see petunias and butterfly weed blooming at the same time as narcissus and forsythia. That just doesn’t happen up here in PA. Thanks for the reminder that it’s still warm somewhere!

  7. Jan said,

    January 16, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Phillip, the mild winter we have been having has really extended our bloom season.

    Nan, you have to remember that petunias are planted in the late fall around here and are pulled up by May – they can’t take our heat. That’s why they are around with the narcissus and forsythia. After seeing the weather in other parts of the country, I wish I could send some of our warmer weather to them.

  8. January 17, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I very much enjoyed seeing these blooms. I knew when I got here they would be pretty and I was not disappointed.
    Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

  9. Jan said,

    January 18, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Carol, thanks for stopping by; I know you had a great many blogs to visit. Even I was a little surprised that so many blooms were out in the middle of January. The recent warm spell helped.

  10. kerri said,

    January 28, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I so much enjoyed looking at your January blooms on this snowy Wednesday in upstate NY. How lucky you are to have so many lovely flowers giving you color at this time of year. It’s amazing to me to see daffodils already. They’re so cheery!

    • Jan said,

      January 28, 2009 at 5:38 pm

      Thanks, Kerri. I know it must be hard for northern gardeners to wait out a long winter. As for the daffodils, they are a little early, but our last frost date is usually March 1st. We just don’t get as cold as you nor does our winter last as long.

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