Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for February 2023.
Here in my USDA hardiness zone 6a garden in central Indiana, I’m looking around in amazement at all the flowers in bloom.
This has certainly been a mild stretch of weather and unlike my first bloom day post back in February 2007 when the garden was snow covered, I have a lot of outdoor blooms to show today.
As I’ve noted on Instagram and a few recent blog posts, the crocuses are coming up everywhere. Most of them are variations of purple, but there are a few yellow ones that come here and there.
When they come up in the lawn, as this one did, I move them to a flower bed.
I thought I dug that one up last year. Guess not.
I can see by how the crocuses are in groups that they are multiplying because I didn’t plant the corms that close together.
That makes me happy.
Elsewhere in the garden, I’ve noticed the hellebores are starting to bloom.
I’m glad I cut off the old foliage about ten days ago. Otherwise, it would be a tricky business to cut it back now.
The Christmas Roses, those hellebores that bloom all winter, also look better since I cut off their old foliage.
I said better, not great. But considering the sub-zero temperatures earlier this winter, I’m not going to complain about them.
Those white patches in the background of that picture are the snowdrops.
I’m going to dig some up and spread them around later this spring.
One other big surprise this February is Iris histrioides ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’. She’s a bit early but always welcome with that stunning blue color.
I have one more flower to show you on today, and that’s one of the pansies that overwintered this year.
Pansies do not always overwinter successfully here, but this one did, along with a few others. The conundrum is these pansies are the darker shades I prefer for fall, when these were planted. I like softer shades of purple for spring and the smaller violas. I can’t just rip these out after they’ve overwintered so I’ll probably try to gently move these somewhere else.
And that’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day here at May Dreams Gardens!
What’s blooming in your garden in February? We’d love to have you join in for this meme and show us. It’s so easy to do! Post on your blog or on Instagram about the blooms in your garden on or around the 15th of the month, then leave a comment below and put a link in the Mr. Linky widget and you are in!
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence