Much of the garden looks very much like this clump of lemongrass. It isn't dead; it's only sleeping. But it is sleeping very soundly at the moment.
The reason for all this brownness is that we've actually had winter this winter. In our last winter, we had two days of below freezing temperatures. The winter before that we had NO days of freezing temperatures. So far in the winter of 2017-18, we've had THREE TIMES as many days of freezing weather as we had had in the last two years combined. And we are expecting more temperatures in the 20s Fahrenheit this week. All of that and we actually had snow on one day in early December. This qualifies as a harsh winter for us. (Don't laugh, all you Northerners!)
This is all I can show you in the way of "blooms" this month.
The white yarrow by the pond still has buds and looks like it might actually provide a bloom soon.
Likewise the Carolina jessamine - only buds so far.
In the wildflower bed, the sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima), whose identity I was confused about last Bloom Day, is still sending out its sweet little blooms.
Fortunately, there are other things for me to look at in the garden. Birds, for instance.
And, of course, American Goldfinches.
My garden is resting and so have I been, but that's about to change. It's cleanup time, beginning with some pruning this week. Got to get ready for all that new growth. Spring comes early here and it quickly morphs into summer.
But meanwhile, for a little time, I can sit on my favorite bench and meditate with my favorite little buddy.
He's not bothered about winter!
Don't forget to visit Carol of May Dreams Gardens as well and see all of those gardens that do have January blooms to show you.