|Earliest crocus bloom ever in my garden
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for January 2013.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we had a brief warm up a few days ago and I saw four blooms in my garden that I’ve never seen in mid-January.
Since then, the temperatures have turned more seasonal, colder, and those blooms are still there but are surely shivering, tricked into blooming so early.
First up is a crocus. Though I have over a thousand crocuses planted between my front and back gardens, mostly in the back, I only found one crocus in bloom. Whew, I do not want the crocuses to bloom early this year. I want them to peak on March 31st, Easter Sunday.
After I admired the crocus, I found a snowdrop, Galanthus sp.
Snowdrops are supposed to bloom early, so this did not grab my attention quite like the crocus, but it is welcome, none the less, in a month that often finds my garden snow covered and me huddled inside seeing what indoor blooms I have.
This year, I shamefully ignored the Kalanchoe and Crown of Thorns blooming in the sunroom while I admired a common weed blooming in the lawn.
It’s amazing to me that this dandelion is blooming where a week ago the ground was still snow covered. And the grass is pretty green, too.
Finally, up by the south side of the house, with the radiant heat of the brick provides warmth during cold nights, the little violas keep on blooming.
We are a long way from the end of winter and the beginning of spring, but for a brief few days this past weekend, my garden acted as though spring is going to be next week. That is hardly the case with temperatures predicted to be wintry for weeks to come.
Thank you to everyone who joins in for bloom day, especially in the winter when blooms can be scarce. If you have been posting for bloom day since the beginning in February 2007, you now have six complete years of history about the blooms in your garden. It’s interesting to look back and see how different, yet similar the garden is from year to year. My January bloom day posts from 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and now 2013 each tell their own story, some with snow, some without snow, but always with something in bloom, mostly inside, but occasionally like this year, outside.
What’s blooming in your gardening on this wintry January day?
Whatever your circumstances and however your garden looks during these January days, I hope you’ll join us for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day this month.
All are welcome!
It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month and then leave a link in the ‘Mr. Linky’ widget below, plus a comment to give us a hint as to what we might find in your garden in January.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” – Elizabeth Lawrence