I feel the chill before your snow.
I see garden birds increase in numbers,
getting ready for the show?
I see your snow crystals melting in sunshine,
I feel the chill of a frosty morning.
I see Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve' still in flower,
I listen to your weather warnings!
I see your hellebore flower buds ready to burst,
I feel the excitement of seeing your blooms.
I see bird feeders being emptied quickly,
I remember the fun birdcount that looms.
I see your Big Garden Birdwatch for the RSPB
I feel the excitement for visitors new.
I see people across the UK counting birds for an hour,
Oh January… when I think of you :-)
This post was completely influenced by a few bloggers I know and also my intention of promoting the RSPB Birdwatch. Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day is the 15th of the month (Happy Bloom Day to everyone posting what is in flower in the garden) and is organised by Carol at May Dreams Gardens – my contribution is Erysimum. Another new meme also set on the 15th of the month, is organised by Katarina at Roses and Stuff and the idea here is to ‘post a photograph that represents the current month to you’ and I discovered this one by visiting Patient Gardener, Helen who followed her photo with what January meant to her. Thanks Helen - I liked that idea although it’s gone midnight so I haven’t quite made it on the 15th – perhaps I should have given the poem attempt a miss! Good luck with your meme, Katarina :-)
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in January 2013.