Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for March 2019.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, winter looks like it might possibly be in the rear-view mirror.
And up ahead… blooms!
My back lawn is dotted now with crocuses, too many to count! The display, as always, starts with a pale lavender crocus, then a few white ones show up, then these dark pinkish-purple ones bloom.
On sunny days, the crocuses open up wide to attract bees to their pollen. On rainy days and really cold days, they close up and look like colorful matchsticks.
It’s difficult to get a good picture to show what the lawn actually looks like with all the crocuses. A friend suggested I find someone with a drone camera to hover above the garden. Instead, I crouched down and tried to show what it looks like to the critters.
These are all species crocuses, varieties of Crocus tommasianus, which some people call “tommies”.
But I am not just a “lawn-crocus” kind of gardener. I plant crocuses in flower beds too.
These purple crocuses have been coming up in this border for at least a dozen years so I’d say they are reliable returners, as long as the squirrels and chipmunks don’t dig them up.
Other blooms here at May Dreams Gardens in mid-March include the witchhazels, which were blooming in February, winter aconites, and snowdrops.
As is customary, the beautiful ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’ variety of Iris reticulata, is leading the parade of iris blooms.
There will be many more irises blooming in the next few weeks now that Lady Beatrix has stepped up to be first again.
What’s blooming in your garden as we stand on the edge of spring 2019? It’s easy to join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us. Just post on your blog about the blooms in your garden and then leave a comment below to tell us what you have and a link in the Mr. Linky widget to tell us how to get to your blog.
And always remember,
We can have flowers nearly every month of the year. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence