This time of the year, I go outside as little as possible. I don't like being damp and cold and that's just what it is. We've had a couple good snowstorms and temperatures below 0° (F). We also set some new record highs just recently, but the previous cold weather was enough to kill off perennial foliage and flowers, save for a hellebore here and a primrose there.
You would think.
As I walked past the flower bed on the east side of the family room while I was out helping Romie install a new bird feeder, a spot of color caught my eye. What I saw just shocked me. The English Daisies (Bellis perennis) that I'd planted by seed last spring were blooming. And it wasn't just one freaky bloom...
And if you look closely, there is yet another one forming. This is the same plant that I'd earlier complained didn't make it through the winter the year before, so you can imagine my surprise at finding blooms in mid-January.
Plants are sort of like kids sometimes - they'll make liars out of you. I may have said before that English Daisies won't survive zone 5 winters, but here's photographic proof that they're doing a darn good job of it this winter!