Clumps of winter aconite, the red foliage of bergenia, and two Helleborus niger.
Above is the view from my bathroom window, only reversed, as I took this picture outside and the window is out of sight at the back of the image. Even though it is the north side of the house, water from below thaws the soil and gives these plants an early start. It took me several years to notice this and then capitalize on it by planting early bloomers here. Now, though most of the crocus and snowdrops are still buried under snow, I can enjoy a few choice blooms from the comfort of the house.
Here's a closer look at one clump of winter aconite. Not sure which species of Eranthis it is. I am pretty sure that ferny foliage peeking up through them is Adlumia
The hellebores pictured below are the same ones that were blooming last November
, the same blossoms even, I think. And you can see there are buds waiting in the wings.
Helleborus niger, Thanksgiving bloom, from Seneca Hill Perennials
The very first Johnny-jump-up was hunkered over from cold, so I had to turn the blossom upward for the camera
Most of the snowdrops not still buried under snow were on the verge of blooming. This is the only bud that had “dropped” for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, but it hadn’t actually opened.
This is the furtherest along snowdrop
However, the snowdrops in the Secret Garden were trying valiantly to bloom, despite the snow:
These snowdrops are up to their necks in snow, which is receding more every day. By the time they actually bloom, I bet the snow will be gone.
And a picture of my latest acquisition, Crocus korolkowii
Almost, but not quite blooming, the Lucky Number crocus.
The story of how it got its name is in Janis Ruksans book, Crocuses
, reviewed here
. But I bought it from Odyssey Bulbs
because they claimed it was their earliest blooming crocus. It looks like it will live up to its promise.
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.