Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for March 2017.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, the early spring which began in February continued on…
… until Monday when Mother Nature added a heavy dusting of snow. Then overnight into Tuesday, she added a little more snow and turned down the thermostat. It’s mid-day as I write this and still the temperature hovers below freezing at 29º Fahrenheit (-2º Celsius).
But the sun has been shining off and on and where the bit of snow has melted, flowers like the Iris reticulata pictured above continue to flower. I’ve been enjoying their booms for nearly a month. They seem to bloom in waves.
The crocuses out in the lawn also bloom in waves.
The lighter purple and white crocuses bloomed weeks ago. These darker purple crocuses were just at their peak when the snow came.
Nearby, also shivering under the snow, are the Lenten Roses, Helleborus sp.
I’m happy now that I didn’t cut back the old foliage last week. It is probably helping to protect the new foliage from the snow. These will be fine once the snow melts and I give them a good trim.
The Star Magnolia, Magnolia stellata, looked great the other day.
But looks terrible today.
This sometimes happens with magnolias around here. They do not like the cold once they’ve bloomed. Some pessimists say we only get good blooms one out of every four years so why bother? We optimists are excited we get good blooms at least one out of every four years!
These hyacinths are shivering, too.
But I think they will be just fine.
These daffodils had snow on them a few hours ago,
but look fine now.
See how sunny the sunnyness is?
Last week, I potted up violas in all my big patio containers. Yesterday they had snow on them and I couldn’t resist a plug for my new book, Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life.
When it is cold like this, what can we do?
We can just stay inside and read a book, that’s what we can do! (My book is available in softcover, hardback and Kindle from Amazon. If you’d like a signed copy, email me for info on how to order directly from me. Or if you prefer, you can order a hardcopy from Barnes & Noble.)
What’s blooming in your gardening in the middle of March? We would love for you to join in and show us.
It’s easy to participate in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Just post on your blog about the blooms in your garden, then leave a comment here to tell us what you have waiting for us to see and a link in the Mr. Linky widget so we can find you.
And remember… “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence