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
I can’t believe it here in New York State; it’s 47 F (8.3 C) as I type this at 7:32 am on a February day. We’ve had mornings below zero at this time of year. We have crocuses coming up and they normally don’t bloom until April. I enjoyed each and every one of your blooms, including the iris.
Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening says
This has certainly been one of the strangest winters we have seen here on Long Island in a long time with crocus and hyacinths starting to pop up and snowdrops blooming in the arboretum down the street. We had a day when it was 61 degrees (yes in February) when I played outside crawling in mulch and moving stepping stones! This kind of weather in winter…I’ll take it!
Barb R. says
Glad to see your spring flowers doing so well. This “false spring” may just be it. Who knows.
danger garden says
We’re the opposite here in Portland, everything is behind due to our December cold and all around chill (for these parts).
Kris P says
I love all those crocus blooms. They don’t appreciate my climate, although I do have 3 bulbs that bloom annually, an unidentified gift with purchase planted years ago, It’s far colder than usual here at the moment (48F at 8am) but spring is getting only a slightly slower start.
Brenda K Johnson says
Your flower bulbs in bloom are beautiful! Isn’t it amazing how the first blooms of the season stand out? We still have a lingering blanket of snow and cold days. Good more moisture conservation! Thanks again for showing your beautiful blooms!
How stunning are these. Love how you are tending to them.
The Iris has my <3
I'd love to join with my balcony and terrace garden blooms and plants some day soon.
Michelle Chapman says
Hello again Carol! We have similar flowers this month, they are so cheerful at the end of winter 🙂 This month I’m talking about snowdrops in particular as I set up an experiment with them last year and guerrilla gardened some gifted snowdrops.
John Willis says
Hi Carol, I’m really surprised to see your Iris so far ahead of ours. Usually Maryland should be a little advanced in terms of Spring… 🙂
Jean at Jean's Garden says
Carol, How amazing to see all your outdoor blooms. I’m still more than a month away from my first blooms in the garden, but I’m luxuriating in a bounty of blooms on potted amaryllis bulbs.
Robin Ruff Leja says
Since I’m in central Ohio, we seem to have similar weather patterns. It’s been such a mild winter, except for sub zero Christmas. No measurable snowfall in February, with early spring bulbs starting to bloom on February 13! I love it, but it makes me worry that we’ll have extra snow and cold later in the spring season.