Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for February 2013.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, winter continues.
It seems at times like a roller coaster ride that goes up and down, up and down. You aren’t sure when it will end, but you are pretty sure it isn’t going to end soon enough.
So you hang on and ride it out.
Here’s how my ride is going…
I went out to the back yard a few days ago and again today and discovered many crocus blooms in the lawn.
I think, based on where these crocuses are, that they are ones I planted in the fall of 2011, and not the ones I planted last fall that I hope are slow enough to be in bloom for Easter on March 31st.
I find that bulbs often bloom a bit later the first year they are planted, but even knowing that, I think I am being a bit optimistic to think that the rest of the crocuses will hold off until the end of March. I would guess that the grand display will be in about three weeks. Mark your calendars.
Out in the front garden, I still have a lone snowdrop blooming.
Crowding around its base are the leaves of a little viola. I hope as the snowdrop, Galanthus sp., fades, the viola grows and flowers.
I kept looking around and found some hellebore buds.
These are Helleborus orientalis, the Lenten Rose. I haven’t cut back the old foliage, but will need to be careful not to cut off blooms when I do.
I looked all over for an Iris reticulata in bloom, but they are so far just barely showing their leaves. In the race to bloom first in the spring, the crocus is the clear winner this year.
I thought the crocus, hellebores and snowdrop blooms were my only contributions for this bloom day, but then I remembered, just before sunset, that the witch hazel, Hamamelis vernalis, was probably blooming.
And it is blooming.
This is a poor quality picture, but it is the best I could provide without a flash. You understand, of course, that the witch hazel isn’t there for the eyes, it is there for the nose, providing a sweet scent in its corner of the garden. (Scratch your screen and sniff the wonderful scent of witch hazel.)
And that’s what’s blooming in my garden on a pleasant February day, one that makes me think spring will soon be here. But I won’t be a February fool, I know there is still more winter in this season, starting with snow in the forecast for late tonight and cold, seasonal temperatures predicted for tomorrow.
What’s blooming in your garden on this fine February day? We would love to hear about your garden and compare our blooms to yours for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.
It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden now, then leave a comment below and add your link to the Mr. Linky widget.
For those who have been participating from the beginning, this February marks the beginning of the seventh year of Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Through all these years, our goal and rally cry has always been the quote from Elizabeth Lawrence:
“We can have blooms nearly every month of the year.”