Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for February 2018.
If you’ve been following along since the beginning of this meme, you hopefully remember that it is February when we begin a new year of bloom day posts.
On that first bloom day post wayyyy back in 2007, my garden was covered with snow. Today in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, there is no snow and the temps are on the warm side. But it is overcast and rainy so the crocuses are stubbornly refusing to open. They are like that. Closed on cloudy days, wide open for the bees on sunny, warm days.
In other years, precisely six out of the last 12 years if you count today, and I do, we’ve had snow on the ground in the middle of February.
Out in my garden this year, the beginning of the 12th year of bloom day posts, the witchhazel, Hamamelis vernalis is just starting to bloom. I find it difficult to take pictures of its flowers with my iPhone camera so you will have to trust me that it has a few tiny blooms.
Other than that, the garden is stubbornly staying wintry, unlike last year when I had a crazy number of spring blooms in mid-February. But that’s okay, I like this slower pace of seasons much better than last year’s big rush of spring-too-soon.
Indoors, I have hyacinths blooming “on vase”. It wouldn’t be February without them!
In the sunroom, one crazy Amaryllis, which I’ve had for several years, is choosing now to bloom.
Red for Valentine’s Day instead of Christmas, I suppose.
Nearby, not to be outdone, the Thanksgiving-Christmas cactus is reblooming. I guess it didn’t think it got enough attention when it bloomed a few months ago so is trying to get my attention now.
It got it.
We don’t always know the whys and wherefores of plants so we take blooms as we can get them, especially in February where in my garden, even without snow, it is still winter.
What’s blooming in your garden? We’d love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us. It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what’s blooming in your garden then leave a comment below to entice us to come and see what you’ve got and a link in the Mr. Linky widget to show us how to get there.
And tell us on your blog post what hardiness zone you are in. Then we can envy you if you are warmer than we are, console you if you are colder than we are, or be jealous if you are the same as us and have more blooms!
And always remember…
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence