Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - March 2009

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.

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 to see and read about your bloom day blooms.

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

Comments

  1. Your garden is getting ready to put on a fine spring display Carol. My Hyacinths are looking very similar to yours right now, full of buds. I like your sign by the daffodils in the first photo. I'll have my post up in a few minutes. Thanks!

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  2. It sounds sappy (appropriate gardening related adjective?), but I DO enter your blog with a happy heart! I can hardly wait to read your posts, and to follow the links on GBBD to see what's blooming around the world.

    What kind of irises are those by the stone sign?

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  3. Spring is wonderful, isn't it? I'm surprised winter is that far advanced in Indiana, but I'm glad that it is!

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  4. In US zone 5, spring seems to come at much the same rate as in Europe zone I have 30 species flowering, the same amount as on March 1st last year, but there8.
    'Your' flowers are blooming in my garden too...
    But spring is late here this year.
    Have a beautiful sun(ny)day.

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  5. Excuse me, I was too fast and entered the wrong data for my comment...

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  6. Truly, I don't think I have even seen Forsythia for sale at my local nursery, ever. I read about the genus on Garden Blogs. It's beautiful.

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  7. I never know how to arrange hyacinths either, or any bulbs for that matter. I love it when they look "natural" but somehow I can't figure out how to do it. So it's clumps and lines for me too. Your pointy purple crocus with woody mulch pic looks very familiar... Thanks for hosting this fun monthly event!

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  8. Carol,
    Here in Europe, zone 6 spring is very late. last March I had a tone of flowers, this year only snowdrops are cheering me up :)
    Greetings,

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  9. Good morning Carol,

    Another month gone by, but what a difference!
    All our gardens will be a lot more cheering this time round. Yours certainly is full of crocuses and budding promise. I like the idea of a welcoming entry stone.

    My Bloomday post for March is called "Prim and Proper", on account of the preponderance of neat little primroses.

    Thanks for hosting.
    joco

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  10. I'm so happy your crocuses showed up! They look very festive and I love the ones in the lawn! My post is up now too although my crocuses are gone.

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  11. I've been very neglectful of my blog.. so I missed a few Bloom Days. There are a lot of yellow flowers here in Windywillow this month, a very happy and cheerful color, my favorite flower color.
    I didn't know St Paddy's Day is pea planting day. Does this mean I sow the seeds, or should I already have little plantlets to put out in the veggie garden? Too late for having little plants, so I'll just sow the seeds in a couple days!
    Happy springtime, everyone.

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  12. My crocuses have just gone over so wont appear in my GBBD post. I went to a talk last week and the speaker mentioned using an electric drill with a wood borer on it for planting bulbs in the lawn. My post should be up at lunchtime today.

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  13. Looks like we're a week or two behind you in my part of PA. But I do have a little honest-to-goodness floral action this month. My post is up at Hayefield. Happy Bloom Day to all!

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  14. I've certainly been entering my garden with a happy heart today Carol! We have a gorgeous Spring day here today - lots of blue sky, sunshine, singing birds and wall to wall yellow. Naturally, the latter are in my post today :)

    It looks like your garden is catching up with spring pretty fast too :)

    Happy Blooms Day everyone!

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  15. Your garden looks lovely and soon will be full of blooms! Spring is coming .... slowly. Even here in the Languedoc, zone 9 I think, everything is at least 2 weeks late. Enjoy your spring garden!

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  16. Lots of lovely purple in the garden! looks awesome.

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  17. I hope your first mowing only comes when you are ready for it. I have yet to cut what little grass I have, but I know my neighbors will be celebrating my first mow with more sincerity than I will. Thank you once again for GBBD. Here is my post:

    March is the Cruelest Month

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  18. Thanks again for hosting, Carol. My bloom day scans are here: http://www.remarc.com/craig/?p=601

    And Les: Up here, April is the cruelest month.

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  19. Hi Carol, normally lawn grass is not that exciting to me, but yours is looking an exquisite color of green! Happy mowing on the 17th. That sounds like a great tradition to join. The lawn here could use a bit of neatening and the mower will pick up all the small sticks and pinecones to give a nice load of compostable goodies. We haven't added much green to the bin lately. Sweet crocus and the blue chiono. is a fave. Hooray for spring in all its glory, snow or no. :-)
    Frances

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  20. It certainly is looking like spring!

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  21. I have enjoyed seeing your March blooms Carol and liked the photo of your entry sign - what welcoming words. Here is a lovely day - definitely a touch of spring in the air. I'm heading out there soon after an early lunch to get my hands dirty :)

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  22. Your hyacinths are really going to be spectacular, I think. Love the look of crocuses in the lawn, too. I'm not quite ready to show blooms of the traditional sort, but I did post some "flowers" on my blog today.

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  23. Hi Carol,
    Thanks for hosting GBBD - it was great to get out in the garden this morning and properly look at all the changes that are happening so rapidly at this time of year.

    Happy GBBD to everyone!

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  24. I agree, a straight row of Hyacinths can be excused. They're about the only bulb that cries out for that treatment. Your garden is so far ahead of mine, even your grass is greener, but maybe it always is at May Dreams Gardens.

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  25. We are unexpectedly in Boston this Bloom Day so all the blooms and promises of bloom, BUT ONE, are due to no efforts of mine. My post is up.

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  27. We're just out of the starting gate with a couple of lone crocuses and a few snowsdrops. Mild week ahead which is wonderful!!!

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  28. I think I need to get out and remove some of the leaves, because I can't see my hyacinths. I won't be able to see most of what's blooming for others today, because I am planning on being outside all day. I hope to see this evening, and during the week.

    Thanks for hosting this Carol. I thought my few crocus were enough to be able to enjoy color, but after looking at yours, I may want to plant some more.

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  29. The early spring bloomers look very happy. After this winter, I know you are loving seeing the grass, esp with the crocus! Happy Bloom Day!

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  30. Carol, It certainly looks like the beginning of spring at Maydreams! I don't have much blooming here, but I'll have something posted later--it's a beautiful day, too pretty not to spend outside!

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  31. Good morning Carol, What a great group already! Thank you for hosting us...you throw the best parties! I love the carved stone and saying saying in your yard!
    Gail

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  32. Sure looks like spring in your garden, Nice Crocuses. Unfortunately
    I think most of my bulbs drowned from the flash flood we had last
    week.

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  33. Yep, my Chionodoxa sardensis look just like that when they start to bloom. No pictures today due to rain, however. Happy Bloom Day, and thanks again for dreaming it up!

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  34. Wow, your season is quite a bit ahead of ours. My hyacinths are about an inch above ground (leaves only). I'm getting really antsy for spring!

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  35. Who else has spring fever?! Visiting everyone's gardens this morning is exactly what I needed. My post is up too, although we're still in the waiting stage here in Ohio.

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  36. So glad you host this Carol. What a nice idea. Spring is slowing coming...we will all be awash with blooms here soon.
    Janet

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  37. Thank you for the invitation, spring's promise is among us!

    Blossoms here are either about over, like hyacinths and daffodils, or just starting up, like azaleas and dogwoods. The really big show arrives in about a week. You should have been here tomorrow.

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  38. Note to self: Need some crocuses. Maybe snow drops. I don't even have the wonderful growth you do, but I hope you enjoy the chilly stroll through my garden for bloom day!

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  39. I finally got organized enough to post! I wish I had planted some bulbs in my garden, though, 'cause they would be up now.

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  40. Can't wait until Spring is in full force to see the gazillion bulbs of daffodils and tulips I rescued from the garden center after they changed the containers.

    We're to have a nice Spring day on St. Patrick's Day with a high of 67.

    Happy GBBD.

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  41. You have a lot more activity than I do, Carol. There are just a few snowdrops and some other buds--I didn't even bother to look!

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  42. Ah the joys of a northern climate. I remember them well. The first signs of spring and so much to look forward to. Thanks Carol for hosting the day.

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  43. The drill tip is a good one -- may try that in a park lawn planting I'm doing of crocus in mempry of a friend who gave out crocus bulbs every year. We got a good headstart this last fall, but another 100-200 this fall would be good to add.

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  44. I couldn't help but laugh- "squill" is what we use for shorthand for my old neighborhood! Today is the perfect day- watching home/garden programmes on TV, watching the birds out the window, and reading bloom-day posts!

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  45. Although this is my first time to contribute on Bloom Day, I am no stranger to the game. Every month I enjoy browsing everyone's blogs to check out the blooms and buds. I'm excited to have finally joined in!

    Michelle @ Getting Dirty in Texas

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  46. Hi Carol. My your yard is so far along for zone 5! I am impressed. Loved seeing the beauties you have blooming. Going out to enjoy the bloom day while the sun and warmth are here - it's almost 50 degrees!
    Ann

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  47. Carol, I love the idea of the drill! Just what I need in clay soil. And that little one looks scilla-like to me. Linda

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  48. I was surprised by how much purple I had in the garden, and limited my post to that color. It looks like you have a lot of right now it yourself. Daffodil yellow may be one of the prominent colors, but purple's right up there with it. Enjoy your buds as they turn into flowers!

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  49. Last year we planted winter grass and had to mow quite early in the year. We did not repeat the process this year, however. ;)
    Donna

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  50. We seem to be on the contrasting sides of the Spring spectrum. There is a lot of promise in those buds sprouting at your end. While the blooms at my end, which are at their prime now, are going to find it difficult to face the 'Indian Summer' hereon.
    My GBBD list is up.

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  51. I love all your crocuses and I think planting them in the lawn is a fun idea. I need to try that. I'm looking forward to seeing all the blooms today!
    Thanks again for hosting this!

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  52. Oh, I like the Mr. Linky thing! And I'm looking forward to the green grass and daffodil buds making their way up north to Chicago...

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  53. I can see that Spring has arrived in your garden! It looks great!

    My post is up!
    /Katarina

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  54. I love seeing your blooming bulbs Carol. I seem to run out of steam in the fall and haven't gotten to bulbs here yet. Sure am enjoying seeing them blooming all over the internet!

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  55. I love you law crocus. I think that is what I need in my yard. I have a drill. I have a bit. Next fall here I come. Oh and I almost didn't join this month, but miracles do occasionally happen.

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  56. Thanks for the pea planting tip - I was just thinking that I needed to get my peas in the ground as they read to get them in early spring. I've never tried peas before (planting them).

    I didn't know 3/17 was the official pea planting day! I am learning so much reading all the posts that you wonderful gardeners share.

    Last year we just grew tomatoes, basil and pumpkins - looking to expand that this year - minus the pumpkins!

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  57. I was just posting about how I need to plant some crocus in the lawn. I have one lonely one out there that needs some friends! What a great idea with the drill, Carol! Now I know exactly how to do it! Thanks for hosting the GBBD- it's a lot of fun! I don't have much to add, but I still enjoy being a part of it :)- now I'm off to see everyone's gardens!

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  58. I checked my archives from last year and was surprised to discover things are slightly further along than last year. That's what GBBD does for you!

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  59. Your garden looks far ahead of the gardens here in Toronto (also zone 5). Such lovely flowers!

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  60. Carol, your garden looks full of promise. It will be fun to watch it unfurl over the next few weeks.~~Dee

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  61. We've had some wonderful rain, so soon I will be mowing, too, Carol - but my lawn will never be decorated with sprinkles of crocus, alas! I love yours.

    The pink bulb beginning to open a flower sure looks like a Chionodoxa to me - miss them, too, although I like the blue ones better.
    The redbuds are in bloom at Circus~Circus.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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  62. I am about to embark on my first REAL indiana garden. I am so glad to have found your site. I hope to update my blog as I go along. Thanks for the good read!

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  63. What a treat to see everything starting to poke up through the ground in your area, just as its beginning to do here on the east coast.

    Happy to have found your lovely blog...and to have learned about GBBD.

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  64. Hi Carol,
    I think you've got the squill and the chinodoxa reversed...but that's the lovely thing about plant names - they still bloom and look lovely regardless and they never come when we call them anyway!

    Come visit my garden at Plantedathome.com/blog and see how fickle our weather has been (&**^%)
    Cheers, Lorene

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  65. so lovely to see spring springing in everyone's gardens at last!

    I've been celebrating too - crocuses, daffodils, and lots and lots of hellebores. My favourite time of year!

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  66. Love that stone sign, Carol. So many budding blooms and a lot in purple. Pretty! The dwarf forsythia looks great!

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  67. Your lawn looks beautiful, Carol! I envy all that green. Despite the rain we've had the past three days, there's still a lot of brown here in central Texas, due to the extreme drought.

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  68. We had a white surprise this morning and things are well behind prior years! Looks like you'll soon have a lot of color around your place. Spring will be a welcomed sight here. Paula

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  69. Hello from Scotland! How lovely to discover all these blooms from across the world. I've seen your site mentioned on other blogs, but this is the first time I've got round to taking photos of my flowers rather than my vegetables, since my blog is mostly about my allotment.

    Your electric drill crocus planting made me smile!

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  70. Carol - we had a perfect spring day here in Wales - which is why I am so late in posting - but it is up now.

    I think I have quite a few "forgettia springeri" around my garden - and unfortunately they seem to multiply with astonishing speed as I get older - strange that. :)

    My the mice stay away from your pea seeds on Tuesday.
    K

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  71. Your blooms are lovely and spring looks like it is nearly here. Thanks for getting me out of the house to take some pictures. It is still cold and damp around our parts.

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  72. Carol, you'll have much to show for Bloom Day next month, it seems. I love forsythia. It reminds me of Back East.

    My post is up too, with a few colorful blooms here and there in the new-baby garden.

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  73. This has been one of the most fun days! The weather is so ICKY here in NC, but it has been AWESOME To visit everyone's websites and be treated with glimpses of spring!

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  74. Planting crocus with an electric drill sounds like fun to me Carol! You have a good assortment of blooms ~ much more than I do and I share the same zone. Maybe I need to expand my early spring bloomers?? Thanks for hosting GBBD!

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  75. I've been excited about seeing what I'd get to post this month...Had some trouble getting good shots with my cell phone camera (yea) in the wind...but, whatever, the forsythia came out good and it deserved the prize! Thanks for creating this forum. I love it!

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  76. Girlfriend! Some people actually have flowers. Soon, very soon, I will have a big bloom day. I promise.

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  77. It's so nice when those shoots break the earth that is still so cold. We're still waiting for the crocus-in-the-grass to arrive, but they are on their way. Yours are lovely! Thanks for hosting bloom day :)

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  78. Love the crocus in the lawn. I have them in mine too. They've sort of naturalized. However my lawn is a far cry from your healthy carpet so I'm not taking any pictures. :)

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  79. Hey Carol, it's fascinating to see such similarities in our gardens. My daffs are just coming out.

    I too love/have crocus growing in my lawn but for some reason a few tulip bulbs got in their too! They will be removed as they look down right silly ;-)

    Happy Bloom Day... I've a video for you this month and a snowdrop fest :-D

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  80. Carol, we have had a very rainy weekend, but I still was able to post my GBBD. Luckily, I had taken some photos Friday before the rain. Being this far South, we are ahead of you in flowers blooming, but it won't be long before you catch up.

    Jan
    Always Growing

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  81. If this had come one day earlier I'd not have a bloom to share. But today my first crocus bloomed, so there you go.

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  82. You may be zone 5 but you're well ahead of me. here in zone 6. But it looks as if for both of us, it's more about promise than presence this time of year.

    Happy Bloom Day, Steve

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  83. Oh dear, Carol...you'll be well and truly worn out after visiting all these gardens! I'm #108!
    Your lawn is looking delightfully green. Not so ours, but the Snowdrops are blooming!
    Happy pea planting and lawn mowing day to you, and top of the mornin' too for St. Pat's Day :)
    Your crocus are so bright and pretty. Mine are still hiding, but I'm sure they'll be appearing soon.
    Happy Bloom Day and thanks for hosting!

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  84. Oh Carol, crocus and chionodoxa flowers, daffodil, forsythia and hyacinth buds are all a true delight, but it just isn't the same as May. I have dreams.

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  85. Your crocuses look great. I never thought of using a power drill for planting them...hmmmm. In my zone 6b garden, I have a some snowdrops, winter aconite, crocuses and witchhazel blooming now, but like you, am still waiting for the garden to really wake up. Thanks always for hosting!

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  86. My goodess Carol, your blooms day has become an institution! There is no way I can check all the posts out.

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  87. I love this! Thanks for hosting it!

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  88. Many thanks for hosting. I love the new links which make it so much easier to see everyone's blooms. I made it just under the wire.

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  89. Hi Carol! It's amazing to me that you're only one zone away, yet you have so much more activity going on in your garden. Hopefully we'll catch up to you soon!

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  90. It looks like Spring is on it's way to Indiana!

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  91. An electric drill!? How resourceful! Love the crocus. Happy almost spring.

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  92. Thank you, Carol. This is a day brightener. I cruised in a day late, but I'll visit again & again to take in all the gardens.

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  93. I commented last night but somehow it disappeared. Leaving comments has been more difficult for me than starting a blog. Always makes me smile when I see crocus blooming in the grass. The photo of your little blue star-shaped flower made me think of the wild flowers called shooting stars (white) and all the other wf I'd seeing walking through the woods in the spring as a kid. What a beautiful memory your post has brought to my mind. Thanks.

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  94. Can't wait to see those buds in bloom!

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  95. This is my first time participating in GBBD! I've been following it for a long time and love to see what's blooming in your garden and everyone else's.

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  97. Well, I'm a day late linking but I did manage to get the GBBD post up on time! It must be spring, look at all the lovely flowers.

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  98. Your Indiana garden looks much like mine in Virginia, at least at this point in time. I left a comment when I posted in the wee hours of the morning, Dec. 16th. But I don't see it here, so I'll post again;-/ Thanks for hosting this event each month!

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  99. Hi Carol, I'm late to the party too but thanks as always for hosting! You are definitely a bit ahead of us - we're still looking forward to colorful buds on things like forsythia and hyacinth!

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  100. This just made me so happy! Looking at everyone's pictures, then messing around with my own..it's Spring! It's Spring! Thanks for providing this joyful reminder.

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  101. Crocus in the lawn, how cool! Two weeks from now I'll bet all your bulbs are really bursting out. Thank you once again Carol, for hosting this great connective venue!

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  102. Yay! Finally some outdoor flowers from non-Southern states!

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  103. Love your crocuses. I want to plant them in the lawn, but Teresa won't let me. Maybe I could tell her they just came up, like dandelions. I'm a day late on my post--delayed by the ACC Basketball Tournament!

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  104. I love your crocuses, and I love mine. But you already did such a good job posting pictures of them I only put up one shot.

    I must be the absolutely last in line for GBBD! I just wore myself out yesterday working in the garden and then I discovered my "get up and go" and "got up and went" and I had to go to bed instead of making my post.

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  105. Thanks again, Carol! My post is up, albeit a day late.

    I've never heard of a squill, but I really like that blue. I'll have to research it to see if it can handle Austin heat.

    The crocus are such a pretty purple--love 'em!

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  106. A day late, but I made it! :) Happy Bloom Day!!

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  107. I continue to be amazed that there is so little difference between your flowerings in Zone 5 and ours in Zone 7. I don't think it's possible to have one Glory of the Snow. They have multiplied by the hundreds here... (and yet I still plant more :))

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  108. Hi Carol- I was the winner in the Martha Stewart green thumb contest and was on the same show (Homegrown) as you were on today, so I thought I would stop by and see your blog since we shared a Martha Stewart moment! =) My gardening blog is www.gardeningspot.blogspot.com. So far I've only had a couple of peach blossoms that came out a little too early in my area (zone 5), but they were nice to look at all the same! =)

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  109. Wow Carol! The GBBD just keeps growing and growing! It is so much fun to read about everyone's gardens. Thanks again for hosting this.

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  110. What a great idea! I'm also beginning to share my blossoms of the 15th. I just hope we begin to get some moisture or it will be a sad spring and summer here at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

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  111. a great idea! and i'm happy to participate...even if i'm late.

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  112. Phew, I haven't posted a Garden Bloom Day in ages and it felt really good. I like Mister Linky! How fun.

    And I love that you planted crocuses in your yard with the drill - plus they look nice popping up from the grass.

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  113. Doh! I'm tardy to the party, but I brought a couple of modest gifts.

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  114. I'm finally jumping on the GBBD bandwagon. Your crocuses are lovely... I'm definitely inspired to plans some next fall.

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  115. Hey i am a newbie here and will love to be a part of you all !!

    your blooms are just lovely

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  116. Geesh, Carol, I'm really screwing up this month! First, I'm two days late making my post and now I'm four days late letting you know!

    Problem child, I am!

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  117. We were out of town for the beginning of the week, but I still wanted to join in. I love the crocus in the yard idea!

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  118. What a great idea and hope I am not too late for March.

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  119. My hyacinths were blooming a couple weeks ago, when I intended to join this party... oops. This was a lot of fun, thanks!

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  120. Though a slow spring start in the garden, my containers are doing awesome! Happy Bloom Day and thank you, Carol.

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  121. My first BloomDay...thank you for starting such a fun tradition!

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  122. Those electric drill are awesome! Looking a lot like spring up your way.

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  123. What a great looking. Lots of lovely purple in the garden! It looks so beautiful. Happy Bloom Day....

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  124. I really enjoyed taking an inventory of what was blooming at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden today! Thanks for inspiring me. If you read my post, you'll see I have many more coming! I was only able to capture a very small portion of the Garden today, and so my journey to document the blooms continues.
    You have a great blog. Keep up the good work!

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  125. Carol you are weeks ahead of me in some bulb blooms - my daffodils are just inches above the ground other than the ones I bought for the containers. I've lots of iris reticulata, crocus and double and single snowdrops here in Scotland.

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  126. Oh! Crocuses! I can't wait... how lovely to have some color besides dandelions!

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  127. My flowers are almost like yours. They seem a bit behind them. But they are coming along. Thanks for hosting this fun meme. I love seeing what it's like everywhere else this time of year. Happy Spring!

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  128. Holy cats, I accidentally participated in Bloom day (though so far no actual blooms here in the frozen north) without even knowing about it, or having the foggiest idea what is growing in my brand new yard. Typical city girl. At least I'm giving away pickles. :)

    Now that I am in the know about GBBD I am wildly jealous of all the pretty colors appearing in everyone's garden. Lovely and inspirational!

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