This is the second spring in our new garden. It takes time for plants to build up strength and multiply and consequently early spring/late mud season bloom here looks sparse. But each leaf is soaking up sunshine and storing food that will make next year’s bloom, and the slow-to-warm spring that we have been enduring enables these early bloomers to stay above ground longer, with a greater opportunity for bulking up underground. How’s that for finding the silver lining in a cold spring?
These snowdrops pictured below were in tight bud a month ago. I’d say at this point they are a little past their peak but still looking good:You can see that the flower stems of the spring snowflake I mentioned previously have elongated. There is supposed to be a rarer form of this plant that has yellow spots on the flowers instead of green, but I notice my plant has one of each. In the last couple of days, buds on the newly planted crocus patch have emerged, but haven’t had much sunshine to encourage them to open: I just dug up the ‘Josef Lemper’ hellebore from the old garden last week. It’s looking pretty good: Inspired by this very-late-fall/very-early-spring blooming hellebore, I’ve made a point to seek out other hellebores that fall in this category. Last year, Burpee invited me to trial some plants and I chose six hellebores that I hoped would give me both fall and spring bloom. As is typical with hellebores, they’ve taken a while to get going. Two of my plants have buds: Siberian squills and the earliest daffodils are blooming at the old house, but not here, which leads me to believe it is a tad colder here. But perhaps I should give them another year to settle in here before I come to a conclusion.
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.