In my USDA Hardiness Zone 5b garden, I find that once again, on the 15th of February the garden is buried in snow. This is how it was for that first bloom day in 2007.
But in other years, including 2008 and 2009, I have had blooms outside in mid-February, in this very spot that is currently buried in snow. But this is not one of those other years. This is a new year, a year that so far brings a hodge-podge of indoor blooms and a snow covered garden.
Most of the forced bulbs indoors are well past their prime, including hyacinths, amaryllis and paperwhites (Narcissus). This is the last of the Narcissus blooms, hanging on for dear life with a poinsettia still glowing red behind it.
There are other errant blooms here and there indoors, including still lingering blooms on the Jewel Orchid, Ludisia discolor, a few odd re-blooms on the Christmas cactus, and the ever present pink flowers of the Crown of Thorns, Euphorbia sp.
Perhaps the most interesting bloom is on an African violet, Saintpaulia ‘Merlot’. Its blooms do not open like most African violets, but stay closed, making them look almost like a papery pea-type bloom.
Foliage Follow up meme on the 16th hosted by Pam at Digging.
Finally, where some snow has melted near a fence, these daffodil sprouts give me hope that I will have blooms outdoors well in time for the next bloom day in March.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence