If Ralph Waldo Emerson is right and "earth laughs in flowers", then March is a series of little giggles in my garden here in USDA Hardiness Zone 5b.
The laughter starts out quietly with single flowers popping up around the garden and in the grass.
Then there are pairs of flowers giggling together.
And finally a whole group of crocus flowers make even passersby turn their heads and notice something different in the garden.
Joining in the chorus is a new flower, alluded to a day or so ago on a Twitter update.This is Iris danfordiae, one of the dwarf irises.
Soon enough there will be many Iris flowers laughing away the winter.Mid-march is also a time to note the great potential for louder laughter in the garden.
There are early daffodils proudly showing buds.
The hellebores, Helleborus orientalis, likewise seem ready to bloom as soon as the days warm up just a bit more.
This red maple, Acer rubrum is surely going to be in full bloom in a few daysAnd I do believe that is a praying mantis egg case attached to that branch. Those are good bugs in the garden, so they'll be welcomed along with the flowers.
Before we end our bloom day tour, we look closely and find that a hint of the laughter of the May flowers, a peony, is just beginning to sprout.
Yes, this soft chorus of giggles and little blooms here and there will soon grow into the loud laughter of flowers as Spring comes to Indiana.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of May Dreams Gardens today and will join us in this monthly bloom parade by posting on your blog about what's blooming and laughing in your garden. Then leave a comment here so we can find you and visit your blog to see all your pretty flowers.
All are welcome!
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence