Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for March 2009.
Much of my garden here in central Indiana, USDA hardiness zone 5, is still dormant, but everywhere I look I see little sprouts, fattening buds, and early spring blooms. The warm weather last weekend really helped to kick things off a bit, before the cold came back and slowed things down a bit.
These daffodils by the garden gate and my little entry stone with the reminder to "enter with a happy heart" will be some of the first to bloom. I don't know the variety, so I'll just give them a common name once I see them.
Nearby, a few hyacinths are showing their buds.I planted the hyacinths in a straight row. And I'm admitting it. I know they would look better in a grouping but they are so stiff and formal, I couldn't help myself from indulging in a little bit of SLOP in the garden. They should be in some kind of formation!
Elsewhere in the garden, some forsythia are nearly ready to bloom.This is a dwarf forsythia sold as 'Gold Tide'. It's always a bright spot in the garden whenever it blooms.
I also have a few flower buds that look like this.I'll admit I had to think if this has a name other than Forgettia springeri. It does, and I think it is some kind of squill, Scilla sp. but don't quote me. Oh, wait it could also be a Glory of the Snow, Chionodoxia sardensis. Yes, I think it is a Glory of the Snow because here's a picture of a squill flower amongst the crocuses.
At least I think it is a squill. It's that tiny little blue flower in the center there.
But it's not all buds in the garden. The crocus are still blooming in spite of the brief return of winter all last week. Like me, they seem happiest on a warm, spring day but will tolerate cold weather, too.
Years ago, I planted crocuses in the lawn.
That was fun to do with an electric drill.
Now I enjoy seeing the crocuses scattered here and there in the lawn in the spring before the grass gets too tall. Speaking of lawn, look at that lawn! It's greening up nicely. Before you know it, it will be time to mow again. Around here, the day of the first lawn mowning is almost as festive as pea planting day. You all know that pea planting day is this Tuesday, St. Patrick's Day, right?
And that's pretty much what's blooming here in May Dreams Gardens in mid-March. There's a nice bit of bloom, because I planted a lot of crocuses, but there are also a lot of buds of blooms to come.
We welcome everyone to join us for Garden Bloggers' Blom Day whether this is your first time or your 26th time, whether you have a garden blog or some other kind of blog.
It’s easy to join in. Just post on your own blog about what's blooming in your garden right now, outdoors or indoors. You can include pictures, lists, common names, botanical names, whatever you’d like to do to showcase your blooms.
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“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence