New this yearI purchased Bulbocodium vernum from Odyssey Bulbs last year. It is colored like a colchicum and used to be called a colchicum, but is now a separate species in the colchicum family. ‘Velebit Star’, another plant from Odyssey Bulbs, is my first spring-blooming colchicum, and to my eye looks less like a colchicum than the bulbocodium. I don’t think it was fully opened when I took this picture.
Hellebores take time to settle in. All of these were in the Cabin Fever Bed last spring but they have a lot more buds on them this year.Helleborus niger–the Christmas Rose–is supposed to be a little bit fussier than the Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis and its hybrids), but I think it’s worth the extra fussing, especially for the cold climate gardener, because H. niger blooms much earlier in the spring (and sometimes in late fall). ‘Double Fantasy’ (above) is not looking very double. There is a row of petaloids surrounding the reproductive parts, but it’s pretty hard to see them in this picture. Speaking of H. niger being more fussy, remember how I almost lost ‘Josef Lemper’? Well, he’s still alive and starting to bloom again(above). ‘First Cuckoo’ is a full double that hasn’t opened all the way yet. ‘Phoebe’ (above) is clearly a double, and an early bloomer for a hybrid. Several years ago, Nan Ondra sent me some winter aconite plants after I complained about having trouble getting them going. There “just happened” to be some hellebore seedlings mixed in with them. Nan told me she got the seed from Phedar Nursery and my seedling was a baby of one of the plants she grew. So I call it ‘Nan Ondra’s Red’ and think of her gratefully every year it blooms.
HouseplantsThis is the same clivia I repotted a couple of years ago. Above is the amaryllis I tried to get to go dormant, and then I gave up on that and started watering again. I really don’t know what I’m doing right, but after the first flower stalk with five flowers on it, it sent out a second stalk with four blossoms.
At the old house it was the Crocus Bank. Here, I’m just calling it the Crocus Patch, though eventually I hope it’s more of a ribbon or a stream. You may recall that I started planting crocuses in the lawn here in fall 2012. In the picture below (and the very first image at the top), those crocuses are blooming lustily.In the far right corner you can see the crocuses I planted last year just beginning to bloom. In my experience, after they settle in they will emerge and bloom at the same time as the previously planted crocuses. Creating these grand effects takes time. I hope to plant another adjoining five-foot-square patch this fall.
That’s enough to hold me until next week, I guess. The first daffodils are on the verge of blooming and pretty soon I will see corydalis, creeping phlox, and lots of other flowers I don’t remember at the moment. Spring is here!
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.