|Violets grown from seed, blooming on the 13th|
Not only is spring running a bit behind, but she's putting on a pretty good impression of winter this week.
Yes, indeed. After providing us with a few days in the upper 70's, causing all of us gardeners to go rushing outside to mulch and prune and survey the damage the horrible winter wrought upon our gardens, spring has decided to impersonate winter for a few fun filled days.
I see from Twitter and Facebook that gardeners across the US are gearing up for this cold. Some are covering plants and blooms. Others, like me, are leaving the garden to its own devices to figure out how to survive freezing temperatures.
After all, many of the spring blooms, like those on this hellebore, are used to surviving a chill or two.
Anyway, before I gave the garden a pat and a kiss and wished it good luck, I ran out for a few minutes, braving a heavy mist and temps in the lower 40's (Fahrenheit), to check out some of the blooms.
Out in front, the windflowers, an Anemone of some kind, were closing up their blooms to protect them from the cold.
Some grape hyacinths were blooming, too.
The same is true of their pink counterparts in the back garden.
'Chestnut Flower' hyacinths which are so pretty I gave them their own post on Sunday. You didn't see that post? Go check it out. I promise you, you will not be disappointed.
On Sunday, before the weather turned, I picked a big bouquet of daffodils to enjoy indoors. I left these stoplight yellow ones outside.
In my later, more discriminating plant buying days, I acquired this little Narcissus.
I also have some passalong plants blooming in the garden, which deserve special mention.
Leslie of Growing a Garden in Davis gave me some bulbs for Spring Snowflakes, Leucojum. I don't know when they bloom in her California garden, but here they bloom in April.
Jo Ellen, the Hoosier Gardener, gave me some starts of Virginia bluebells, Mertensis virginica, a few years ago.
What else is blooming? Thanks for asking. Forsythia, the Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata), Spring Starflowers (Ipheion uniflorum) and some little violets, pictured above, that I grew from seed a few years back.
What isn't blooming that was blooming at this mid point of April in past years? Thanks for asking. The common lilacs, my crabapple tree, and flowering pear trees in the neighbors' yards plus some tulips come to mind as blooming by now in past years. We are behind!
Anyway, the next 24 - 48 hours will tell a tale about this spring. If we can get through this last bit of cold, I think we'll be in good shape.
How is spring treating your garden? Are your blooms early, late or right on time? Are you in the midst of a cold spell? Tell us!
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“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence