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
All I have outside is snow, so I enjoyed your spring blooms, especially the blue flowers. Spring is coming for us, too. Eventually.
My spring bulbs are starting their show, only a few at the moment, but more are coming, I’m sure. Carol, your garden is as lovely as ever!
Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening says
Happy almost spring! Your Daffodils and Hellebores are beautiful and of course, it just wouldn’t be spring without violas! We had the same nor’easter yesterday with large sprawling snow everywhere with just enough to cover the lawn…Mother Nature’s way of saying, “I’m not done yet!”
Barbara R says
Love the start of flowers coming through the earth! These are grand. I was happy to spend some time driving around town and seeing what other gardeners had blooming.
Arun Goyal says
Happy spring carol! My garden is filled with colors of spring. I am adoring your flowering bulbs which are either not available here or can’t grown in my region. Thanks for hosting such a wonderful gardening linky party that let connects Gardening enthusiasts across the globe.
danger garden says
Ah you’ve given me an idea! Easter eggs under the hellebores, that sounds like fun. Now how to get my husband to notice them???
Kris P says
I’m glad the snow didn’t damage your beautiful bulb flowers. Here, in coastal southern California, none of my hellebores have bloomed, despite our ample rain and colder temperatures and I’m starting to take it personally.
Amy@Small Sunny Garden says
Carol, it’s lovely to see your early bloomers, and that’s such a floriferous hellebore! The first wave of spring bulbs is over here in the desert, and the second is coming along. But the biggest show this year seems to be coming from the wildflowers, some of which, luckily, are in the garden itself.
Oh my goodness, your pictures make me so eager for spring to arrive here, in my zone 5a gardens! With Easter not being until April 9, there’s a good chance I’ll have some daffodils at the very least!
Your bulbs are blooming beautifully, but I especially love that delicate lavender viola..
Hi Carol, thanks for sharing. Give the pink glory of the snow a try – well worthwhile.
Jean at Jean's Garden says
Carol, The color of that Glory of the Snow is — well — glorious! The ground in my Maine garden is still mostly snow-covered; but where the snow has melted by the foundation and the edges of walkways, new green growth and buds have appeared. Spring!