Crocuses and snowdrops are blooming in my northern garden. In February! In any other year, it would be preposterous.Yes, it’s been an unusually mild winter, but none of my other crocuses, including all of those on the Crocus Bank, have poked up even one pointy leaf. As you probably surmised from the title, these particular crocuses were planted in what I had discerned, through twenty years of observation, was the very first place snow would melt in the entire garden. It is a corner made by the intersection of a concrete pad with the south-facing porch, making a sheltered spot that faces both south and west, with the concrete providing a heat sink as well.
Special Flowers For Special Situations
Furthermore, I planted what Odyssey Bulbs called their earliest blooming crocus, Crocus korolkowii ‘Lucky Number’. I did have to think twice about it, because I have had major vole problems and these crocus are not exactly cheap. But what is the earliest bloom worth to you? Heh. I bought three, at two bucks a pop. (At this point, half of you are thinking, You only bought three? and the rest of you, like myself, are thinking, Two dollars for one measly crocus corm? Holy cow, she sure was desperate.) I surrounded them with grit, and they have multiplied, as you can see. And they are blooming in February!I bought a similarly stingy number of these ‘S. Arnott’ snowdrops from Odyssey Bulbs in 2004. But they thrived and multiplied, and I noticed that they were blooming earlier than the snowdrops in the Secret Garden, despite being on the north side of the house, the very last place snow melts in the garden. So when I decided to divide them, I planted some of them in this warm microclimate. Since the original clump of the Secret Garden snowdrops was a passalong, I don’t know for certain what they are, but I’m pretty sure they are Galanthus nivalis. According to this post, the earliest they have ever bloomed is February 25th. Quite possibly they will break their old record.
How Long Does It Take To Make A Garden?
These early-bloomers are all growing in my old garden, the one I moved away from last fall. I don’t know where the warmest and coldest spots are in this new garden yet. I don’t know much about it, except that you could make pottery from what passes for soil here. Looking at these photos makes me wonder if I will ever have as nice a garden as the old one. And then I have to remind myself that the former garden evolved over more than twenty years, and there were plenty of spots in it that I thought could stand improvement when I was there all the time. I think we had been living there for at least a couple of years before I figured out that a certain spot could become a Secret Garden, and a couple more before I actually did anything garden-ish in it, and really, it was a work in progress and hardly a garden at all, even when we left.
And then I think, twenty years.
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.