|Snowdrop in the snow on Saturday|
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for February 2016.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, I had high hopes a week ago for a magnificent bloom day showing.
Why such high hopes?
A week ago, it was warmer and lovelier than should be allowed in February, at least around here.
The grass was greener, the sky was bluer and I actually had thoughts that I might do a little experimenting with sowing peas in the veg garden much earlier than I had ever sown them before.
Just look at these crocuses from a week ago.
|Crocuses from a week ago|
And look at them on Saturday.
|Crocuses after a cold week|
And here they are on Sunday.
Trust me, they are under that snow and they are not happy about the downward turn of temps and the return of snow. I wouldn’t be either except…
I have blooms indoors!
The hyacinths in the sunroom are just beginning to open. You can smell them before you see them.
There is nothing fancy about these hyacinths. I bought bulbs at the big box store, on clearance as I recall, and threw them in the back of the refrigerator to cool until January. Then after I put away all the Christmas decor, I retrieved the bulbs from the refrigerator, set them on forcing vases and just like that…blooms.
I did have one left over hyacinth bulb that I potted up.
It’s doing well, too.
As I looked about the sunroom, I noticed the Amaryllis bulbs from Christmas time that I thought were done blooming are still sending up new bloom stalks.
These are a lovely dark red, perfect for Valentine’s Day. The bulbs, from Longfield Gardens, were the biggest Amaryllis bulbs I had ever seen so I guess I should not be surprised at the number of blooms they are providing me. Note to self to get some more next fall.
Elsewhere, I noticed one of the begonias grown this summer primarily for foliage has a few pretty blooms on it, too.
They are a nice bonus to go with the lovely foliage, so I’m glad I brought this particular plant inside rather than leave it to die in the cold. By the way, if you are in love with foliage, don’t forget to post tomorrow for Foliage Follow up hosted on Digging.
So as you can see, all is well here at May Dreams Gardens, in spite of a see-sawing winter, because we do have some blooms, even in February.
What’s blooming in your garden in February? Are all your blooms indoors? Or do you have blooms outdoors to show us? Indoors or outdoors, we’d love to see them.
It’s easy to join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Just post on your blog about what’s blooming in your garden and then come here and leave a comment to tell us what you have, and put a link to your post on the Mr. Linky widget so we know where to find you.
As always… We can have blooms nearly every month of the year. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence