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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - March 2014

Crocuses in the lawn
Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for March 2014.

Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, Spring has cracked open the garden gate and taken a few tentative steps into the garden.

First to arrive were the snowdrops, of course.  Then the race was on between the crocuses and the reticulated irises.

This year the crocuses won, in particular Crocus tommasinianus, affectionately called Tommies.

Many of the crocuses are in the back lawn now.  They actually showed up earlier in the week when it was suddenly warm.

I think if I had stood there long enough, I could have caught one popping up and blooming.

Crocus on Monday, March 10
A few days later, temperatures plummeted again and the crocuses responded by closing up their petals.
Crocus on Thursday, March 13
But then it warmed up again and they dutifully opened up once more.
Crocus on March 14
It's progress to see the crocuses.

The first of the Iris reticulata showed up this week, too, just in time for bloom day.

Iris reticulata
They joined the snowdrops, Galanthus sp. which have graced my garden for a few weeks now.
Snowdrops
I love the early spring blooms. Though they are small and ground hugging, they lift my spirits and give me hope for the entire growing season.

What's blooming in your spring garden?

It’s easy to join in for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. 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.

Then leave a comment and put your name and a link back to your bloom day post in the Mr. Linky widget below, so we know where to find your blog and can visit you virtually and read about your bloom day blooms.

We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence






83 comments:

Dorothy Borders said...

Less than a week until spring. We may just make it! Happy Bloom Day to all and thanks for hosting it, Carol.

Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening said...

Thank you for hosting Carol. Spring is finally making its way to Long Island. There are signs of it here but the seasons are even further behind than last year with the strange winter we have been having. Happy Bloom Day!

HELENE said...

Thanks for hosting again Carol, here in London we have had spring for weeks and the snowdrops are all finished and so are Tommies. But the first tulips are flowering and it is so nice not having rain every day anymore!
Happy GBBD!

portlandtreetour said...

I love the crocuses and snowdrops - can't imagine what else could signify the start of spring. Thank you for hosting!

rusty duck said...

Hi Carol. Lovely to see something other than white in your garden! Here in England the woodland plants are really coming on. My favourite time of year. Have a lovely Spring and thanks for hosting.

VP said...

I always think of March as when our 2 gardens are pretty much in synch with each other, then the heat takes off on your side of the pond and you race ahead.

Unlike Helene (who has the heat island effect of London affecting her garden), we have snowdrops, crocus, daffodils and tulips. Oh, and the warning blooms of the blackthorn to remind us that winter may not be over quite yet.

After all the rain of the past few months. it's good to see that March is treating us in a more gentle and benign fashion.

Happy Blooms Day everyone!

Rosie Nixon said...

Hi Carol :) Here in Scotland we still have Tommies and snowdrops along with cyclamen still in flower. If there's a little sunshine today I'll also have the first tulip of the season in flower as it just needs a little more coaxing to open its orange flushed bud. Thanks for hosting :)

Pauline said...

Snowdrops have nearly finished here with all the warm sunshine we've been having lately. It's now onto narcissus and my first tulips are nearly out. Spring is such a wonderful time of year with so much coming up each day. Thanks for hosting once more.

Kate @ Gardening and Gardens said...

I am aching to see some crocus blooming soon on Long Island. We still have some snow that needs to melt asap!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Our gardens are about on the same schedule Carol. Only my Iris aren't showing yet. This has been some wicked winter weather we have had. Come on spring, do your thing.

Anna said...

You must be delighted to see your spring flowers emerging again Carol after such a long hard winter. Here we've had a dry week - the first for months :) Thanks as always for hosting.

cgoodson51 said...

Amazing how delicate-looking flowers can so often look after themselves in freezing weather.

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

Thanks for hosting once again, it is nice to see the first signs of spring. Seems worlds away since we have seen flowers. Happy gbbd!

theblooominggarden.wordpress.com said...

Thank you for hosting this Carol, it is great to see what people round the world have in bloom. You must be so glad to see some signs of spring at last.

Erica Smith said...

Spring is on the way! Just slowly. Thanks for hosting as always, and it's nice to look at the Iris reticulata on the screen at least… patiently waiting for mine to pop...

Donna said...

Yippee Carol look at your early blooms. I still have to dream about my early blooms since we are still covered by a couple ft of snow. They are calling for a few days of 40s so we may see some bare patches that I planted with early bloomers...crossing my fingers for blooms by the 20th. Thanks for hosting!!

ronniejt28 said...

The one flower lacks in my garden are crocus. I just love their bright cheerful welcome to the Spring.

Helen Malandrakis said...

Crocus!

Kalantikan said...

I always look at temperate garden blogs in spring for snowdrops and crocuses, but i have seen them only once yet. Do you have the violet crocus whose flowers are made into saffron?

Rose said...

What a cheery sight to see all those crocuses in the lawn! I wonder if they are confused by the up and down weather we've had. Still no blooms here, but there are signs that they will appear any day. Thanks, as always, for hosting this, Carol! And I hope you get your peas in on Monday:)

bookworm said...

We are so ready for spring here in upstate New York. But we have snow in the forecast- again. I enjoyed your crocuses and snowdrops. All I can offer (again) is indoor blooms. Maybe next month! Have a wonderful spring, Carol!

Les said...

I am also admiring reticulated iris this month. I hope spring takes a few more definitive steps and comes on in for you. Happy GBBD!

outlawgardener said...

It's interesting how much excitement these little late winter blooms stir in the hearts of gardeners. We're a few weeks ahead of you out west, at that point where something new seems to be popping up, beginning to leaf out or starting to bloom just about every day. Sometimes I want it to slow down a bit so we can savor every precious minute of this unfurling of a new garden season. Happy GBBD and thanks again for creating and continuing to host this special tradition.

Kris Peterson said...

I'm glad you've got a breath of spring. I hope the season takes root. Thanks for hosting Bloom Day!

Jean Campbell said...

Spring is creeping northward. We're in bloom in the Deep South.
Happy Bloom Day and thank you for hosting, Carol.

Kathy said...

I can just see a few winter aconites emerging in the one place the snow has melted. They beat out the snowdrops which are still covered in snow.

methylgrace said...

Ooh, I love crocuses in the lawn! I got to see some at the Dunn Gardens in Seattle and I blogged about it here: http://www.etilth.com/crocus-lawn.

Thanks for sharing!

HolleyGarden said...

I just love crocuses. They don't return for me well, but every year I have to plant more because I think they are such a sweet surprise to see every spring. Yours are lovely!

HolleyGarden said...

PS: I didn't put my link in there correctly, so I added another. Perhaps you can delete the first, incorrect one? Thanks!

myaberdeengarden said...

Hi Carol,
Thanks for hosting this - it will be good to keep a record every month of the best flowers in the garden. We are just a few weeks ahead of you in Aberdeen, Scotland. My Iris reticulata is just coming to an end, as our my snowdrops. Enjoy your spring flowers.

~~~jennifer~~~ said...

The last couple months have been quite bloom-less in my gardens. I'm so happy to have the crocus to remind me spring is near. Thanks for hosting!

WashingtonGardener said...

I'm a zone higher than you, but my Iris reticulata are way behind yours. They are up, though I think still at least a week from blooming - especially with ANOTHER snowstorm in the Washington DC forecast *sigh*.

Yael Ben-Ari said...

Happy GBBD. Again thanks for hostessing.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

Helen Gazeley said...

Thank you for hosting once again. I'm not sure that any other part of the year has quite the same joy as spring when all the small bulbs come through. It's as if nature sends up small things first, just to test the weather. We're quite advanced after such a warm winter, so the crocuses are almost over, and the primroses are well under way.

MulchMaid said...

I am so pleased to see that despite your challenging weather, your little spring bulbs will not be denied! I have lots of pink, including Camellias, in my garden this month, punctuated by a little bit of yellow in Mahonia repens. Thank you for hosting!

thevioletfern.com said...

Oh, so nice to see those warm happy sunshine petals opening with glee! I am still cowering beneath a blanket of white. Soon, soon ...

danger garden said...

I love spotting crocus blooming in lawns across the neighborhood and I'm so glad spring is making an entrance for you!

Laurin said...

Great post! This is like a per-spring virtual garden party! I love seeing what is going on in the rest of the country! Here in Houston spring came early after a unusually cold winter. The some of my roses are already blooming and my bulbs were healthier than ever: ) Happy Spring everyone!!!

Teri said...

Crocus blooms are our signal for warmer days ahead

Teri said...

See what's blooming in my dad's garden in Burtonsville, MD... WWW.cottageinthecourt.com

ramblinginthegarden said...

Thank you for showing us your performing crocuses Carol - and for hosting this meme!

Trainer John said...

Even a few flowers are promise of things to come. As always, thanks for hosting the meme.

thesalemgarden.com said...

Happy GBBD!! Spring is almost here!! thanks for hosting!

Angie said...

Good to read your garden is heading in the right direction! You can always judge just how warm it is by looking at the Crocus!

Dee Nash said...

Good grief, you and I are in the same exact place spring-wise? Who would've thought? We're having a slow spring, but I'm enjoying every little bloom. Thanks for sharing yours Carol~~Dee

goodtogrow said...

Thanks for hosting again this month, Carol!

ks said...

I hope the tide starts to turn for all my cold-weather garden friends..

kris said...

Carol, by this time next year, I hope to have as much in bloom (for the bees sake!) as you. Thanks for hosting GBBD!

Viva Verde said...

Finally some blooms to share! Thanks Carol!

jeansgarden said...

I'm envious that you have spring bulbs in bloom. My Maine garden is still buried under more than a foot of snow (actually more like pack ice -- I can walk on top without sinking in). Thanks for sharing your blooms with those of us who are still waiting for spring. -Jean

Christopher C. NC said...

Crocus of course. Thank goodness for crocus. My mountain top spring is right there with your northern spring as always. Then I painted a few things for more nice bright colors in the garden.

mygardenersays said...

I wish I could have crocus--it's the the harbinger of spring in so many places, not, unfortunately in Austin , Texas. Lovely photos!

Jan said...

I figured I'd better take photos of my blooms because we're expecting a big snow storm tomorrow...after temps today in the high 60's. This is the weirdest winter I can remember!

Hannah said...
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Hannah said...

Love those early bulbs, especially the Snowdrops. Mine are gone already. I was surprised how many new things are blooming now though.

Caroline said...

5 more days! Can't wait for spring. Happy GBBD!

Jennifer Dennis said...

Spring is right around the corner, I'm so excited. Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day ~Cheers, Jenni

Linnae said...

Happy Bloom Day! Spring will be officially here soon. I can hardly wait for daffodils!

MLight said...

I love the small, early blooms!

Thank you for hosting!

Daniela Gardenerswithkids said...
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Daniela Gardenerswithkids said...

What I really wanted to say is that I am jealous of your crocus! I can't grow them because something always eats the bulbs!

Evan Bean said...

I definitely need to add Iris reticulata to my garden! I've always admired them, and the deer wouldn't eat them. Maybe this fall I'll finally order some!

dorothy said...

I really like the iris reticulata. They are adorable. I planted them once and they never returned. I blame the squirrels. We are having an early spring in my area, with many plants already in bloom. Thank you, Carol, for hosting another Bloom Day!

Hetty van Baalen said...

Thank you for hosting Carol. I enjoy writing about the garden. Here in Holland spring has arrived! My croccuses look wonderful. Soon the tulips will flower. I can see the flower heads already.
groetjes, Hetty.
(dutch-garden-stories.blogspot.nl)

Denise said...

That's probably the best use of a lawn I can imagine -- growing crocus in it!

queerbychoice said...

Your irises and crocuses look like they belong together!

Hannah said...

I mistakenly deleted my post and managed to recover it from the search engine cache, but when I re-published it the URL changed so the first entry I made as # 61. Hannah is a dead-end. The second one seems to work. Thanks.

Hannah said...

Love those early bulbs, especially the Snowdrops. Mine are gone already. I was surprised how many new things are blooming now though.

John Willis said...

Hi Carol
I don't think I've ever appreciated spring more than this year — the winter seemed endless. And now all sorts of interesting flowers are popping out. I'm ready to start making out my bulb list for next year after seeing how bulbs can survive even the harshest winter...

Jean Starr said...

Eeek! I am so jealous! It's as sunny as a March day here but cold, cold, cold. Your little tommies are so cute, and your iris are gorgeous. I tried them but I think the deer ate mine. Happy belated Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

Mara Paz said...

Happy GBBD! My crocuses have not enjoyed our weather. Have not seen one bloom yet.

Renee said...

I'm late to the GBBD party, as always! Thanks for hosting, Carol! I hope your garden continues to enjoy spring!

Town Mouse said...

Ah, it's so enjoyable to be back after a long dry period (in many senses of the word). Love the Garden Faries Selfies!

Happy bloom day

Gene E. Bush said...

A little late on this one, but need to brag just a bit on what little I do have blooming in the garden.

ValHalla said...

Better late than never, but then so is my garden!

ricki grady said...

I'm late, but I have an alibi. Thanks for hosting, and Happy Bloom Day.

Danielle Bedics, The Magic Garden said...

Your snowdrops are lovely.

Nicole said...

Thanks for another Blooms day glad to see your spring has finally arrived and soon you will have your May Dreams!

Shirley said...

Love to see plants come back after frost/cold like your crocus - love crocus :-)

Yay... finally enjoying Cyclamen coeum and Iris reticulata in my own garden after seeing it on all the many GBBD posts over the years - THANK-YOU for hosting :-D

thecreativeflux said...

Love them all, and those tomassiana crocuses intrigue me to no end! I hear they are great naturalizers.... Happy belated Bloom Day, and Happy Spring!

Wandering Wren said...

We're all back-to-front to you, but know there is nothing better than seeing the Spring flowers arriving!
Wren x

Wandering Wren said...

We're all back-to-front to you, but know there is nothing better than seeing the Spring flowers arriving!
Wren x

jenhumm116 said...

Hi Carol, thanks for hosting. I'm late to join the party, but here now!