January 30, 2012

January ~ The Quietest Month

Pink abutilon ~ January bloom

"January is the quietest month in the garden.  ...  But just because it looks quiet doesn't mean that nothing is happening.  The soil, open to the sky, absorbs the pure rainfall while microorganisms convert tilled-under fodder into usable nutrients for the next crop of plants.  The feasting earthworms tunnel along, aerating the soil and preparing it to welcome the seeds and bare roots to come."

                                                         -  Rosalie Muller Wright, Editor of Sunset Magazine, January '99


  1. Even our warms are dead or sleeping (I don't know which). Here is snow quite a lot and freezing temperatus. Everything is white, white, white....little boring.
    Have a nice week

  2. Oh my, not quiet around here at all. Rain, sunshine, rain, sunshine, dust storm, rain. Working in the garden on the sunny days. It has been action packed here in FW. I hope the rest of the year goes this way - without the dust storm, though.

  3. U nas silny mróz i nawet jeśli się coś dziej to głęboko w ziemi. Twój styczniowy kwiat jest śliczny. Pozdrawiam. *** We have a strong frost, and even if something is happening deep within the earth. Your January's flower is beautiful. Yours.

  4. I've been digging in the dirt and noticing more earthworms than I ever have before - two! Anyway, it's so exciting to me to see them crawling around. I give them a little blessing and put them where I hope they'll do some good.

  5. Ask the robins that stayed here this winter. They have found the worms in my compost pile. After stumbling upon these strange looking burrows near the compost piles I noticed the robins later that night working their magic, digging and eating to their hearts content.

  6. Believe it or not, we have 50s here in Wisconsin this week! Very strange, but I'm not complaining. The Pink Abutilon image is stunning!

  7. Wow! You've really mastered the use of textures. Excellent work, Cat. I haven't really checked for earthworms but I'm pretty sure there are some of them around.

  8. es preciosa la imagen!! y me encanta tu blog! gracias por seguir mi blog, es un halago para mí! Un abrazo grande!!!!


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