January Signals

The garden is waking up. Lenten roses opened mid-month and today, the first Daffodils. A nice clump of Iberis Sempervirens (Candytuft) brightens a spot near a walkway.

[Note: I learned yesterday Helleborus x hybridus is the acceptable way to refer to Lenten Rose, instead of the previously accepted term, Helleborus orientalis, which I have been using.]

14 thoughts on “January Signals

  1. Cathy

    These name changes are confusing, but I suppose they are meant to give us more clarity! I like the pale hellebores better then the dark burgundy one I have, so I must invest in a paler one this year. Yours is very pretty, Susie.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. Oh, and I love your burgundy one! Someone gave me some several years ago and they should be blooming this week. Hope you find a pale one to collect this year. If only you lived nearby, you could have some of the new babies from mine. Hoping to transplant a few of them. Have a good day.

  2. P&B

    I hope my Lenten roses will blossom as beautiful as yours. Very hungry deer have been munching on everything including the Lenten roses and Irises.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks! Oh I do hope the deer can find something else to munch on. That’s so discouraging to see them eat the relatively deer-safe plants. Do those sprays work when it is so cold?

  3. Pauline

    Such lovely flowers, makes you think that spring has arrived! Just a couple of degrees warmer makes all the difference, everything starts growing again, including the weeds!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Pauline. It’s cold here again so the flowers are having to tuck down and wait again. The weeds though look stronger and more defiant than ever. Have a good day.

  4. fredgonsowskigardenhome

    Hi there pbmGarden.
    Today I looked out the windows and see it is about time to cut back all of the dead foliage from the Helleborus/Lenten Rose. Mine do nothing until sometime in late March, but you photos give me HOPE for things to come. Only 6 more weeks of Winter here in the great north east of Upstate New York. I don’t know what the ground hog said today, but in mid March, I’m again outside FULL FORCE cleaning up the Winter debris and looking for the first signs of Spring.,

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Fred, glad you enjoyed the photos and hope you get a glimpse of Spring soon. I think our regional groundhog must have seen his shadow yesterday but I am gearing up for a big garden cleanup soon anyway. Susie

      1. fredgonsowskigardenhome

        WOW pgmGarden/Susie, you must be the world’s fastest reader!! No sooner did I put up an article, did I see that you already read it. Writing posts for my blog improved my reading/writing skills a lot, but YOU must have been an A+ student when in school. I on the other hand was only OK, but writing the blog is like going back to school for me, but this time, I am trying to do it to the best of my ability, IF i get the punctuation right or not ;-}

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