The early spring that showed up last month went on hiatus as the Arctic Express roared through with six inches of snow and bitter cold–it dropped to -3F on the worst night. It’s almost as if the climate had to reboot to get back on track. But that is all behind us now and each day this week has been warmer than the last–though the lows have been in the 20s. Looking over the last several April GBBD posts, I’d say we’re back on track–no longer early, but really not late, either.
Due to the difference in microclimates, I still have a few snowdrops blooming.It’s the same snowdrop that blooms earliest in one of my warmest microclimates. The hellebores that were blooming last month continue to please, and a few more have joined the party. Still going strong from last month: I have two kinds of glory-of-the-snow, the common kind and Chionodoxa forbesii ‘Blue Mound’. I bought ‘Blue Mound’ from Odyssey Bulbs two years ago. It is deeper in color, with less white in the center, but I’m still not sure it is that much different. And they are not quite so blue to my eye. I can tell they wintered over because they are blooming now, and not in a month from now when the ones from seed will bloom. But hey! They’re blooming and they’re not face down in the dirt. They count!
What I’m waiting for
Every day I patrol the grounds, looking for the next blooming thing. Here’s what I’ve seen that’s not blooming yet but will be done by mid-May.I actually had one little clump of bloodroot bloom before the bitter cold, and it was reduced to mush. Perhaps this clump will bloom today. I think this is a sedum. It is plentiful in the woods that border the house. I have never seen it bloom. How could it be so plentiful if it doesn’t bloom? Last year I had one flower. This year there are three buds. I can hardly wait until this sucker from my neighbor’s tree starts to look like something! Don’t you love how furry this is? It is the native hepatica, either H. acutiloba or H. americana.
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.