It’s snowing! For my birthday, which is lovely and makes my world pristine and pretty. To celebrate, here’s my “Six on Saturday” as we creep to the end of January. 1) This week we had not only frigid (minus 17) temperatures but wind advisories as well. Even the fairies couldn’t keep their roof on! I suspect they’ve wisely moved on to warmer climates. 2) I’ve been viewing other blogger’s luscious photos of hellebores in bloom with great envy. Here’s what the hellebores in my gardens look like at present, barely a bit of green let alone buds! And looking fairly pummeled from the freezing rain that also livened up our week. 3) The lack of color in the bleak midwinter does make one appreciate some things that are often overlooked during the vibrant months, like the spines on the gooseberry bushes and the 4) Snow on dried hydrangea flower heads. 5) The Cutting Garden is a study in brown and white, and a closer look indicates that the birds have cleaned out all the seed heads, so some nice day (if there is such a thing again) this garden can get a clip & tidy. 6) And lastly, since there’s so little to cheer about outdoors, it’s time to bring the amaryllis bulbs to life. These were brought up yesterday from the basement where they’ve been resting for months. I found them while I was dealing with frozen pipes (don’t ask me how much I love winter!) Already there are bits of green emerging, promising better days ahead. That’s my “Six” and if you’d like to see some beautiful, blooming gardens check out other offerings at The Propagator, the host of this meme. No doubt you have six things in your garden that are much better than I can offer, so read up on the rules and give it a go!