Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for March 2023.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we were greeted this morning (the 14th) with what I’d call a heavy dusting of snow and temperatures well below freezing.
I’ve already planted out new violas and pansies this spring, but they’ll be fine. We always end up with a cold snap or two—last year it went down into the teens—and they’ve always just shrugged it off.
Elsewhere in the garden, there are more flowers of spring!
Shall we take a walk and admire some of them? (Wear a coat, it’s still cold out there!)
There are daffodils blooming all over, including the first to open up, Tête-à-Tête.
Dee and I talked quite a bit about daffodils in this week’s podcast episode of The Gardenangelists, which we called “A Chatty, Garden Clubby Kind of Episode.” You’ll have to listen to find out why!
While the crocuses in the lawn are beginning to fade, the larger crocuses like ‘Pickwick’ are coming along nicely in some of the flower borders.
They have the good sense to remain mostly closed on colder days. Gotta protect that pollen so its there when the bees decide it is warm enough to fly.
But the lawn is not just fading crocuses. Glory-of-the-snow, Chionodoxa, is starting to bloom.
I kind of hope they are still blooming for Easter. We’ll see. I will say that in general everything is blooming earlier this year.
I’m pretty sure these other blue flowers, Siberian squill, will be faded and gone by Easter.
But the Lenten roses, mostly Helleborus hybrids will still look good.
It’s nice to hide Easter eggs under them, especially if you can match a plastic egg to that color!
Finally, let’s wrap up this bloom day post with the earliest violets to bloom in my garden, which I think are Viola jooi, but I don’t promise that they are.
This little bunch of them is up by the foundation of the house which stays warmer. The violets further out in that bed looked great the other day but today… not a good picture day for them!
That’s it for this quite cold March bloom day post. (Yes, the star magnolia, Magnolia stellata, is attempting to bloom but it’s too hard to get a decent picture of it.)
What’s blooming in your garden as we approach the official first day of spring? Is it cold where you are? Are flowers blooming earlier?
Tell us all about your garden and show off your flowers by posting on your blog on or about the 15th of the month, then come here and leave a link in the Mr. Linky widget and add a comment to tell us what we can look forward to when we visit your blog for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.
And remember, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence