|Star Magnolia, Magnolia stellata|
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, the blooms are either quite confused or we are enjoying a very early spring.
I see flowers blooming that I've never seen blooming in mid-March and then I go inside and check the calendar.
Yes, it is mid-March.
In past years, mid-March was the peak of Iris reticulata bloom and the beginning of the grand show of crocus blooms. I checked every year to verify this. 2007. 2008. 2009. 2010. 2011. The posts from these past March bloom days are filled with pictures of irises and crocuses.
Not so this year. The Irises are nearly gone and the crocuses are not far behind them, especially those planted several years ago.
Newer plantings from last fall are still going strong, including these crocuses that I planted in the back lawn.
|Garden fairy view of crocus in the lawn|
In past years hellebores (Helleborus sp.), Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa sp.) and windflowers (Anemone sp.) would still be in bud in mid-March.
This year they are all blooming.
|Glory of the Snow|
|Beloved, most favored, violas|
We even broke a weather record on the 14th with a new record high temperature of 80 F. The previous record of 79 F was set in 1990. No wonder the flowers are all going crazy and blooming like it is April.
What's blooming in your garden today? Is spring arriving early for you, too?
We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and tell us. It’s easy to participate and all are invited!
Just post on your blog about what's blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month and leave a comment to tell us what you have waiting for us to see so we can pay you a virtual visit. Then enter your name and the url to your bloom day post on the Mr. Linky widget below so we can all find your post.
That's it, unless you also want to take the tiny, little extra step to vote for Garden Blog of the Year. May Dreams Gardens is one of the blogs included as a finalist. Just follow the link to vote. You can vote once every 24 hours until March 21st.
All are welcome for bloom day!
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence