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January - We'll See What's Going on in Winter Nature

January is the month of rest for plants and trees in parks and gardens. A green areas at this time require little care. Most of the birds have migrated to warmer areas but you can often see for example ravens, tits, jays and blackbirds. In January`s trees and shrubs are bare of leaves. Most plants overwinter in the form of seeds, rhizomes, tubers and bulbs. Coniferous trees (spruce and fir) and evergreens (ivy, juniper and periwinkle) remain green. This is time when the lowest temperature of the year and the most abundant snowfall are recorded.

January`s aura can sometimes surprise like it has this year with mild temperatures outside. This year the temperature outside are much higher than usual, sometimes even hovering between 9 and 10 degrees Celsius. But not all nature is dormant this time of year. Some plants are just getting ready to bloom.

I often walk through the winter park and have notice that some plants are starting their growing season and a few species are even blooming.

Typical January`s flowering plants in temperate climates include heath, colchicum, witch hazel, hazel, willow, dogwood, snowdrops or Helleborus.

January is this month when various species of flowers and perennials are already blooming and smell beautifully, which only intensifies pleasant feelings during winter walks in parks, gardens and nature. One of these is the hellebore (Helleborus). Depending on the species, the first flowers of hellebores appear before Christmas. That is why this flower is commonly called the Christmas rose. The flowers have five petals and are star-shaped. They are mostly white in color but can also be light green, pink and dark red. The one I have seen on my walk is green and this is my macro photography of this amazing flower.

a green petals of flower and long stamens close up
Helleborus commonly known as Christmas Star

On my walk I have seen first daffodils that are ready to bloom and if the weather does not change we will have the daffodils in January.

green leaves of flowers in the centre of brown ground covered with leaves and squirrel observing area stands on the upper left
Early daffodils in January

Many people associate January with gray, cold and shorter days. This type of weather can often make us feel down, melancholy and even ,,under the weather''. Our energy and motivation drops dramatically from lack of vitamin D and less sun's rays.

I try to combat the winter blues by spending more time outdoors and walking in natural daylight, listening to birds and watching nature. If I can't be outdoors, in a park or garden, I like to look out the window. The relaxing singing of birds has always a positive and soothing effect on my mood.

I see more and more people walking their dogs in the park and this is also a great idea to beat the winter blues.

How do you deal with the winter blues, tell me about this in the comments below?

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