Here is the only "new" bloom for January 2010... a delicate, beautiful, passalong abutilon from Kylee at Our Little Acre, which she graciously shared with me when I was lucky enough to visit her this summer:
There are a few other blooms gracing my house right now, including a dragon wing begonia and abutilon megapotanicum that are supposed to be dormant in the attic, and the zygopetalum that I showed off last month. But outside, this is as close to a "flowering plant" as I can get:
Yeah, blogging wasn't the only thing that I allowed to fall by the wayside this year. I didn't get nearly as many fruits and vegetables planted this year--and some of what did get planted, I failed to harvest.
My Gardening Resolution for 2010 is twofold:
To be a better "urban farmer," and to be a better garden blogger.
The former will simply require a dedication of time to planning and planting, and I can definitely handle that. The latter will be more difficult, as I sometimes feel like I have said everything already and simply don't have any new and fresh ideas for posts.
If you have any ideas or words of encouragement for me in my resolution, feel free to leave them below. And make sure to check out May Dreams Gardens and Carol's January 2010 Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post for links to what's blooming all around the world today!
Kim - Please just say it all again! I have the very same difficulty and I have to believe that everyone's memory is as bad as mine so that we can keep saying the same things over ... and over... I'm with you on the urban farming too - at home I hadn't been the least bit interested in veg (for eating anyway) but suddenly, I must have beets. (etc.) Your pic of the unharvested cabbage is brilliant, btw. Love. Garden on - and blog on!
Fantastic cabbage! Now that photo is one of the best reasons you need to continue to blog~seriously! It's a gorgeous photo...and I need to see more of your stellar plant combinations. Do please continue to blog...I would miss you! gail
Kim, I was excited to (finally) read a new post from you. Please, please do blog more regularly, I would miss you.
I hope to also move (very slightly) away from ornamentals this year, and more to edibles, which are also ornamental. Hopefully, the tomatoes will be better this year!
While the blooms are scarce, your words and writings are always interesting and I look forward to reading more from you in this coming year. No pressure though. Life comes first.
(My 'captcha' phrase this post is 'cursing' which started my day as a fly was buzzing over my head this a.m. Guess I should stop) LOL
I want cabbage! I love them. Starting with the Spring Fling visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden's kitchen garden, I've fallen in love with them. I keep seeing them as part of mixed borders. With that strong shape and good color, I'm not surprised you left it. I must try them this year, I do like sauerkraut.
Aww... you guys are all so sweet! Maybe I'll find some new inspiration in the new year--especially with my "new" resolve for beautiful edible gardening? (Okay, it's not so new... more like a rededication.)
Layanee, lol at your captcha phrase... but I'm a little weirded out, too, that it seems like captcha was "hearing" you!!! *grin*
Mr. McG's Daughter, I know... I like using cabbage, too. (Only I tend to like the slaw recipes instead of the krauts.) That's the only reason I'm a little bummed that it's still in my garden!
Wow, I looked at the cabbage photo and thought that was really really good photoshop image masking. Then I realized it was snow. ;-)
I know just what you mean about feeling blogging blahs and time pressure and... but I hope you find inspiration to write about your new focus on edible plants. I look forward to some new ideas about creative and beautiful combinations of edibles.
That is an awfully pretty cabbage bloom. I'm afraid that mine wouldn't look so pretty this time of year but it hasn't been that bad so far.
Entangled, as someone who also does graphic design... I WISH I could do that good of a job of image masking in Photoshop! :) I admit, I feel a little silly complaining about time pressure and such, knowing what all the rest of you have going on. (You, for example, have two different websites to keep up with!)
Ottawa Gardener, your kale shot from the other day was gorgeous. :)
I love those abutilons. Mine are outdoors, of course, and all got freeze-bitten recently. So no blooms, but the leaves are still green at least.
I'm always excited to see a new post from you and often inspired by the photos of your garden. So post more often!!! I'm guilty this year of neglecting my garden and blogging as well. It was all the rain, it just threw me off and I never recovered. I've got to do something about getting excited for the coming gardening season.
I know how you feel about not having much to say Kim. But I would miss you terribly if you went away. I have the same color of abutilon. Aren't they amazing when they are blooming at this time of year??!! I want to do a little more urban gardening. I am at least going to get some lettuce into the ground or else...
Just remember, Kim - that cabbage would have lasted for about 15 minutes as a component of a meal... but as a stunning photo in a GBBD post has no set expiration date ;-]
Annie at the Transplantable Rose
I've been in a similar blog mode Kim. But I'm making an effort to shake off the past and refocus...there are probably many more of us!
My resolutions are very similar! My blogging has become a lot more time-consuming now that I'm strictly dialup, so I guess I'll have to post fewer pictures (boo!) I would definately miss your blog BIG TIME, so I hope you keep it up! (Even if it's hard to find time to read it sometimes :)
I'm so glad to see the Abutilon is doing well for you!! I need to get another one this year. I've got a yellow one that I whacked back this fall and it's alive, but barely. I need to pay more attention to things, I think.
Love that Annie in Austin wisdom!
Hello Kim...I am just new here...and i found your blog awesome...I'll be reading more...Thanks...:)
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