Snowdrops and Winter Aconites and More: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day March 2012

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There is nothing blooming at my new (to me) garden. That lack will have to be rectified. But my daughter Cadence was going right by the old place yesterday, and I asked her to take pictures. So I can tell you that the winter aconites (Eranthis spp.) are now blooming.

New winter aconites (eranthis), old hydrangea bloom

The old and the new. This year's winter aconites snuggled up with last year's hydrangea blossom. And I think that hellebore in the back is trying to bloom.

I was there less than a week ago myself, and there was no sign of their leaves or buttercup-like blooms then. They move fast.
Snowdrop River

From one clump, many snowdrops eventually grew.

This photo gives you an idea of the “river” of snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) flowing along the path to the Secret Garden. Sadly, I didn’t write down the date my friend gave me that first clump, but it was at least fifteen years ago. Every other year or so I dig up some clumps, divide and replant.
Snowdrop detail

They persevere through the vagaries of March, encouraging us to persevere as well.

If you look in the first snowdrop picture, you can see a few blooming right in the path. These snowdrops are doing some propagating of their own.

I thought, with the mild winter we had, that everything must be so early. But I think I had to go back to 2008 before I found a March “bloom day” post that had nothing blooming. True, things started blooming earlier this year, but the Crocus Bank, which faces north, is just beginning to send out the first scouts of what will soon be an invasion.

Early crocus bank

Both early and late crocuses are planted in the bank along the driveway.

But this Siberian squill (Scilla siberica) is definitely ahead of schedule:
Siberian squill

How many flowers do you know of with blue anthers?

Hmm, where should I plant them in the new garden?

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.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

~Mitchell Burgess in Northern Exposure

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Sanju kmr October 11, 2013, 1:25 am

Awesome… Nice post .. i like to read that types of gardening articles. Thanks for sharing

Adam Marshall October 10, 2013, 12:01 am

Beautiful flowers..

Darla March 16, 2012, 11:10 am

Love the river of snowdrops!

commonweeder March 16, 2012, 8:23 am

I love that snowdrop river. I moved a few bulbs from the ‘orchard’ to the herb bed in front of the house so I would know when they began to bloom. That is all I have at this time of the year – but it is nearly a month earlier than usual.

Les March 15, 2012, 7:46 pm

I wish I had blue anthers.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter March 15, 2012, 5:44 pm

Plant them everywhere! (Hah – there’s a good answer.) Love that snowdrop river.

Frances March 15, 2012, 1:57 pm

I am so with you on the spread a little more each year work ethic, Kathy. That is how one gets those rivers. Your blooms are so sweet, and how nice to have so much from which to *borrow* when planting you new garden!

Leslie March 15, 2012, 12:09 pm

Your snowdrop river is breathtaking!! Happy Bloom Day!!