The days are slightly longer now, it's actually light out at 5p.m. This week would be a good time to take my pruners and loppers for the first sharpening of the year. The few seeds I can't find locally will be ordered, I hope everything is available...
Though May is a fair amount of time away, I'm giving some thought to my self-composed hanging baskets. I'll probably add one more to the southern exposure on our back patio. For me these baskets must multi-task. (Yes, I'm a big fan of Alton Brown) They must be attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, and should be fragrant. The winning combination of Heliotrope (a heavenly vanilla, almond-cherry scent) and lantana (grapefruit scented) works great, you only need to add something to trail, I'm thinking lotus vine.
The hanging baskets on the N.E. corner had gone from being strictly ornamental (violas, fushia, and creeping jenny) to a melange of herbs, parsley, marjoram, chervil, and when it's warm enough, basil. And a few violas (still edible by the way). It's attractive, but oh so functional! Only about 8 feet from our kitchen door, also very handy.
At any rate, January is a good time for planning, list making, and just a little fantasy. Gardeners are patient.