Monday, April 7, 2014

Slow Spring

This spring is taking it's time coming to our area this year. The severe winter has over stayed it's leave. In a way this makes me appreciate all the greening up and savor each bloom for a longer period of time.
From the small daffodils (above) to the larger varieties (below) to the hellebores all abloom. 
My favorite hellebore, that I have, is the Freckled one. It is so sweet. 
I often wondered why people called them Christmas roses. Below I caught a bud and a just opening bloom that certainly looks like a rose. 
The moss in protected places are beginning to spore and produce seed. 
Wildflowers are popping up everywhere. Bloodroot is about to bloom. 
I planted some pink hyacinths last year. They have a few blooms. This little beauty needs to be planted in mass to appreciate the pale pink it offers the garden this time of year. My photo has washed out the color it is prettier as in more color in real life. 
Now the old fashioned pink hyacinths have enough color to hold their own in the garden. 
This is about the only shot of blue in the garden at this time of year. I have other blues planted but they haven't shown up yet.
The pussywillow is in full flower. My first honey bee of the season was sighted April 1st this year. Now all we need is a little more warm weather. I am not hurrying spring along. I love this time of  year to savor all denizens of the garden.
It is great fun to get out this time of year between showers to see the next up in bloom. What all is blooming in your garden now?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - March 2014

This March the bloom business is slow to show. My little wad of Snowdrops continue to bloom.
The crocus in the lawn decided to make an appearance just day before yesterday. It is so encouraging to see these bright little spots popping up. The is still so cold that they are barely showing above ground.  
Hellebores are just budding. All of this is highly unusual here. I have looked at past years. I usually have much more blooming by now. 
I will be quite happy with what is blooming tho. The Witch Hazel has certainly been a great addition to the garden it is still blooming on. The blooms have become larger with the warmer weather.  It is odd how on this Jelena it is blooming only at the bottom of the plant. The top bloomed in the fall. I don't know what caused this. I will blame all on the weather. I will be watching to see what happens with her this year. Hopefully the weather has gotten it's extremes worked out of the system for a few years. 
What is blooming in your garden now?  Has the weather affected your garden? You can pop over to Carol's blog, May Dreams Garden to see what is happening in gardens all over the world.