Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for March 2010! (Yes, this is the place, May Dreams Gardens, with an updated blog template.)
Is it my imagination, or is spring just a few steps behind this year in my USDA hardiness zone 5b garden?
Or maybe I’m just a few steps behind? I have plenty of crocuses blooming, but I usually have crocuses blooming by mid-March.
I have them in a few flower beds where they are spreading out a bit.
That’s nice to see.
There are still a few out in the lawn, too.
But they don’t seem to spread that much.
Some of the crocuses were kind of sulking when I took their pictures, because of the cloudiness and rain.
But a few of them were open for awhile.
Elsewhere in the garden there are dwarf irises in bloom including Iris histrioides ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’.
And Iris reticulata ‘Clairette’, which is nearing the end of its bloom, already!
Whenever people see these dwarf iris flowers, they want them in their own garden in early spring.
If you’re thinking that, too, go right now to your calendar, turn to August, and write “Order dwarf iris bulbs for fall planting”. That will remind you to order them for your own garden. And if you can only order one variety of the blue irises, I’d definitely pick ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’.
While you are at it, you should also get Iris danfordiae, which is yellow. It was blooming in mid-March in my garden in 2008, but it is either late or a no show for this year.
I’m going to put a note on my calendar to plant a witchhazel this fall like this one that I saw blooming at the Indiana Flower and Patio Show, going on now.
I’ve always wanted one, so hope at least one or more will fit in with my new garden design.
Elsewhere in the garden, I’m starting to see a few buds on Helleborus sp. and there is one bedraggled pansy trying to rebloom after overwintering from last fall. But there are no signs of Forsythia blooms so I don’t think we are as far along as 2009 at this time. I think this spring is similar to 2007. April should really be something!
What’s blooming in your garden today?
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“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence