I have to agree with Donna Donabella that “the majority of flowers blooming are those usually seen at the end of April, not the middle of May.” But it’s weirder than that. Because after a very cold, excruciatingly slow spring, we suddenly got very warm weather, which speeded everything up. Consequently, on a drive through the village today, I saw lilacs beginning to bloom and forsythia in full bloom in the same garden. Rather disconcerting. But, when it comes to spring, we take what we can get, and we’re grateful for it.
Special DaffodilsDaffodils, for example, make me happy, even when they bloom late. Quite a while back I indulged my love of daffodils and bought some special ones from Daffodils and More, a specialty nursery. Sadly, the only one I still have is ‘Vernal Prince’ pictured above, but I am very happy to have it. And every time I see it I think about getting the others again, at least some of them. Or maybe some entirely different ones, but still quite special. Because daffodils make me happy.
The next two plants were sent to me last year as samples from Skagit Nursery. I confess I was a bit underwhelmed by them last year. But this year–wow!Brunnera ‘Silver Heart’ and ‘Sea Heart’ both have leaves of much thicker substance than ‘Looking Glass,’ which I also have. Currently the leaves of ‘Looking Glass’ are larger, but it hasn’t put out nearly as many flowers as these two newcomers. ‘Silver Heart’ is bigger, but the flowers of ‘Sea Heart’ are a deeper blue. According to the promotional copy, they should be a mix of pink and blue, but I haven’t seen any sign of pink. I am just loving these two plants. Highly recommended.
Fritillaria pallidifloraThis little darling makes me happy just because it’s alive. Ok, I am a sucker for pale yellow, I admit, but I am happy it made the transition from old garden to new garden. Odyssey Bulbs says it is “very easy and very hardy” but I think it died on me the first time. (I don’t think I got it from Odyssey the first time, though.) It is also described as a foot tall but I don’t think mine has reached that height. Anyway, I do love it and hope it does multiply. Can you imagine drifts of this coming up through pale lilac creeping phlox?
I have several primroses (Primula sp.) Most of them are passalongs, including this:It was sent to me along with a bunch of other unusual plants from CCG contributor Craig Levy. I confess I almost lost it due to an exceptionally dry spell and some overzealous weeds, but I managed to bring it back from the brink. (Dances little happy dance.)
Another primrose is pictured at the top of the post, and I thought I’d show you this striking red as well:I also have white and pale yellow, plus Primula veris, cowslip. These primroses don’t mind our cold winters, but they are not fond of hot, dry summers, so those of you in the plains of North America probably have to give them more TLC than I do.
What plants make you happy?
After a long winter, just about any blooming plant will make you happy, right? But there are some that, either because you weren’t sure they’d make it, or because they have personal associations for you, or because (don’t tell the other plants) you do have favorites, put a spring in your step to see they’re up and blooming. I’d love it if you’d share your “happy plants” in the comments. We can all use more plants that make us happy, don’t you think?
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.