January gardening middle Tennessee style - My WAHM Plan

January gardening middle Tennessee style

Admittedly, there isn’t a whole lot to do in our winter garden, but when the mercury starting rising to a high of 60 yesterday in middle Tennessee, I had to get out there and do something!

I started raking leaves out of the front flower beds again. That was a nice little job, since we have several large pin Oaks and Maple trees in our front yard. Actually, it was a good workout, even though I know I’ll never win the battle of the leaves.  Some of the trees are already showing signs of new growth. 

buds on trees in January #Nashville area MyWAHMPlan.com

Next, I swept the front porch and noticed some new growth coming up in my succulent. I never over winter this plant, she prefers to live year round on the front porch. She’ll be stunning by April again.

new growth in succulent planter MyWAHMPlan.com

Since I had out the broom, I cleared the corner of the flower bed that the rake never works in and swept the walkway.   I know this is another thankless task as the leaves are just going to blow over it again and right back into my flower beds, but it made me feel good knowing I’d done it.

swept walkway MyWAHMPlan.com

After I’d raked and swept up, I had played a nice round of pick up sticks. Some I walked to the burn pile, some I dragged, but I got them there, working up a nice, healthy sweat along the way and loving the feel of the warm sunshine on my face. 

I couldn’t help but notice on my many trips back and forth to a centralized spot in our vast back yard known as the burn pile, that our hedge line was teaming with birds.  I tried to capture the birds playing, but after a few failed attempts, I gave up stalking them and just stood and admired their beauty. It didn’t take much of a walk along the fence line to find the bird’s lunch spot.

berries for birds MyWAHMPlan.com

A few steps more and I was at our pond, which had lots of air bubbles on the top, letting me know our frog population hasn’t diminished by much in winter.

our pond in January MyWAHMPlan.com

Standing there feeling the sun on my face, the wind lightly blowing through the trees and bushes, the birds chatting at the berries, all was right in my world. This gardening ladies soul saw and felt the New Year in the best possible way. 

I knew I might be tempting fate, because the weather man assured us our warm weather wouldn’t last, but as I walked past the corner where my heirloom Iris’ bed is, I took a peak to see if there was any signs of life- and sure enough, there was Iris fronds staring back at me.

Iris fronds in January MyWAHMPlan.com

My stomach growled, letting me know my gardening time was done, so I stood up and  headed back towards my beautiful, perfectly imperfect red ranch house content.

Please share in comments:

How does your January garden look? What planting region do you live in? We are in a nice, temperate 7. Don’t know your planting zone? Reading my post here can help you find out. And hang in there, spring begins in just 58 days!


  1. Glad you got some work done in your garden. We had nice weather for 2 days in the 50's and now we are cold again.

  2. Everything looks like it is ready for the spring to get here. I love how the succulent is peaking out from the ground.

  3. Your garden looks lovely. Mine is filled with weeds and leaves. I can never find the time to clean up the yard. Maybe this summer? lol

  4. Tennessee is so pretty! I love how green everything gets in summer. It looks like you are off to a good start as spring is almost here. Our yard is a bit of a mess - I mean it's good enough to pass an HOA check, but really, it needs some TLC. The one shining point of our yard though is that our blackberry plants are starting to come back.

  5. I love how that succulent is showing even during the winter!

  6. What a beautiful place to live!! I've been doing a bit of raking between snowfall when I can and just like you, using the burn pile and then using what's left there to fertilize prior to being able to plant. Can't wait for gardening season to start, which here is about April! :/

  7. Hi Tara,

    I'm glad U got some gardening work done too because just like you, we are turning cold again!

  8. Hi Carlee,

    I bet you love being in a warm location when it comes to gardening. I think succulents are a highly under-rated plant. They really are low maintenance.

  9. Hi Christy,

    Oh trust me, I've got my share of weeds too! Hopefully, I'll get them out come spring.

  10. Hi Daisy,

    Thanks and yes, Tennessee is very green, almost year round. I'm sure you will whip your yard back into shape come spring time. Glad your blackberries are coming back too. I've got my fingers crossed that ours do well this year.

  11. Hi Pam,

    Me too! It made my day to see those little green sprouts popping up. :)

  12. Hi Jamie,
    I can almost see you out there trying to rake in between snows. You are like me and just have to be outside.

  13. I am so jealous you are gardening. We will be under snow for at least 2 more months.

  14. Reading this post made me feel good! Here, a few states north of you, I'd be happy with 40 :) I love seeing the plants popping out of the ground, and I will be SO ready when that happens here. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Hi Jessica,

    It turned cold here again, but nothing like the snow and cold you have. Hang in there- spring is coming!

  16. Hi Susan,

    Your comment makes me happy. I love hearing that I've shared something that brightens a day! I love seeing plants emerge from the ground too. Spring will be here before we know it.


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