The flowers that made an appearance earlier this week during our brief thaw are now covered with snow again. Good thing I took pictures when I had the chance. The only snowdrops up were Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’ which is the earliest one I have. Here are some planted under a Japanese maple at the front of the house by the kitchen porch.Out of many corms that I planted, only one winter aconite has emerged. I hope the rest are just a little slower to show up. Here’s something interesting. These are G. nivalis from the secret garden at the old house. It looks like they are exhibiting thermogenesis–creating their own heat. Indoors, I have two minor miracles. I took cuttings of lantana to winter over, so I could grow it in a container again this coming summer. To my surprise, they are blooming. And finally, the amaryllis that I bought in November 2011, which stayed leafy for an entire year before going dormant this past November, is getting ready to bloom. I can never get an amaryllis to bloom in the dead of winter. They always bloom in March, just when things are starting to perk up outside. By the way, the crocus I planted last fall are coming up. They are mere points sticking out of the ground right now, barely discernible from the dormant grass, but they are there.
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.