Hello, January?

(Ring – ring)  Hello?

Yes, may I please speak to January?


Hi January.  This is the Gulf Coast.  We’d like to request a refund.  You barely showed up this year (2013) and allowed Spring to barge straight through the door.  Now we have Spring flowers everywhere, and by Easter, they’ll be gone and things will look odd without them.  Easter without Azaleas?  This is just wrong, and we demand you make things right. 

Be careful what you wish for. Don’t you remember about five years ago when I switched places with April and it snowed on Easter?  And stop your crying, because if you take another look at your name tag, you’ll see you’re the GULF COAST.  It’s in my contract that I can screw with you whenever I want.

Oh. Well, when you put it like that, okay.  Just please take it easy on the Dogwoods. 

That’s it. I’m going to warn February about you.  (Click.)

Japanese Magnolia – now blooming in Fairhope.
Azaleas have been in bloom for over a week now.
Pink Azaleas in full bloom on the bluff, overlooking Mobile Bay.
O, wind, if winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Obviously, Percy didn’t live in our neck of the woods.
Find this story and other pretty things at How Sweet The Sound.

Leave a comment 9 Comments


  1. Rachel says

    On January 14th, I discovered a white iris in full bloom here in Marietta, GA! Mother Nature is playing tricks again.

  2. Anonymous says

    Living in the South I always liked Shelleys’ reference to Spring. At least Wisconsin has kept their sense of humor. LOL
    A. Pat

  3. says

    I agree that Easter (and the Masters) just isn’t the same without the azaleas! I have so enjoyed perusing your blog this morning with my coffee. It is so charming. Love that you used to live near me hear in Marietta too. :)

  4. says

    Things are a bit crazy this year, even way up North where I live. One day it’s in the 60’s and the next day it’s barely 10 degrees. The only flowers we have are a few stray dandelions and a few brave snowdrops peeking out of the ground. It’s hard to imagine azealeas blooming in January, they don’t bloom here until around Mother’s Day. Thanks for sharing your unseasonal lovelies with us.

  5. says

    Such lovely blooms! I love that quote you shared! I gave up trying to figure out the weather anywhere! We have not had much snow but I fear for our farmers because this drought is destroying their wheat crops! Prayer for Colorado is welcome!

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