Monday, March 16, 2009

March GBBD

It's been cold! The past several days have been chilly, rainy and very dreary here. I finally got out today to take some photos of some perennials beginning to bloom in my garden for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day:

Hellebore



Forsythia



Hyacinth (these were purchased this spring so are blooming earlier than most in my area)



Daffodil



Crocus (I took this photo last week)



Sedum - Autumn Joy (the Mums are sprouting, too, as well as the Vinca-though I haven't yet seen the purple flower on the vinca).



Daffodil - Tete-a-Tete (purchased this spring, blooming ahead of others in my area)



Tulip (again, this was purchased recently but tulips are just popping up in my area)



Spring will be 'official' this week, but what the weather will do is always 'up in the air'! For all I know, we could have freezing rain and sleet, frost and/or even snow before it's all said and done! What I really want is some of the 70 degree weather we were having just a little over a week ago!

To see what's blooming in more gardens around the world, visit May Dreams Gardens every month on the 15th.

--Today I am thankful for the 'hope' of spring.

50 comments:

  1. Great shots of the blooms dappled with rain drops. I love them. That hellebore is a beauty. Is that a 'Metallic Blue Lady?' Can't wait to see our tulips open. Mine are still being stubborn. Glad you got out there for a bit.

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  2. You are one lucky girl Jan, so much wonderful spring already in you garden. I still have a small amount of the white stuff in my garden :-(
    But....I can feel that spring is in the air!

    xoxo Tyra

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  3. Wonderful show of flowers!
    Love the Forsythia. Wish I still had a shrub or two.

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  4. Lovely flowers. I have not seen hellebore before.

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  5. I like the purple Hellebore. That is really pretty. I thought my hyacinths were gone, from the voles, but a very scrawny one has emerged. Here's hoping for a little sun...though we are 4 inches behind in rainfall.

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  6. Despite the ocean laying between your and my garden, several of your pictures could have been taken here!
    And the weather is not different either :-(

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  7. Hi Jan,
    I enjoyed seeing what you have blooming already in your cold, dreary Virginia gardens:) But don't feel too bad, my Tete a Tete's are only poking up about 3/4 of an inch so far and there's nothing blooming in this Ohio garden yet.

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  8. Hi Jan !
    You have a lot of life going on in your garden now girl ! I'm hoping for some soon too .. I'll try to be out taking a few before pictures of the deck and shed to compare with after the projects are done : )
    Nice to see your flowers shining for you : )

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  9. I'm a big fan of the Autumn Joy sedum and like how they look like little brussels sprouts early in the spring. The rain drops make your blooms look fresh and lush.

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  10. Jan,
    It's looks as though your garden is about to burst into a incredible display of color! Isn't spring exciting?--Randy

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  11. I feel remiss I haven't planted any crocus. Definitely one to get on my planting list for fall. I really like the look of the newly formed leaves of sedums.

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  12. Wonderful blooms Jan, great colours too! Fascinating to see many familiar faces that I have in my Scottish garden at the moment. I've included a snowdrop photo fest in my March GBBD posting if you want to see them :-D

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  13. Love that purple hellebore! I hope you get some warmer temps soon.

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  14. Beautiful photos Jan! I especially like the first one, the Hellebore has such a deep plummy color. What camera and lens did you use?

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  15. That's in interesting color of hellebore. I don't think I've see it before. Spring is progressing very well in your garden.
    Marnie

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  16. A note on the Hellebore: when I purchased this hellebore a few years ago, I got rid of the i.d. tag (what was I thinking?). I really think it is a rather well-known variety...I have the same one on my sidebar, photographed last spring. It may look 'prettier' in this recent photo because it was taken in darker, drearier weather, and the flash came on. Plus, it's all nice and dripping wet, giving it a lush look. I did not adjust the color through editing, though;-)

    My camera is a Nikon D40X--and I used my new 105mm Macro lens. Perhaps that makes a difference?

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  17. Daffodils and Hyacinths are just beginning to bloom here, and Tulips are just showing their green tips--my tete-a-tete's and tulips were just purchased & planted recently. Most of my previous bulbs were eaten by voles and squirrels so I really needed to put some more in!

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  18. Your flowers look great. Your hellebore is very pretty! We've had yucky weather too. I hope that spring brings us all some sun!

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  19. You have a lot of beautiful spring showing in your garden Jan. Much more than we do in Colorado. I'm sure the rain was great for everything but being outside! Hope you get some nice warm weather this week ~ then the flowers will really pop out everywhere. Have a great week.

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  20. Loved the raindrops on everything. After our drought, seems like I almost notice water before anything else. Hellebores are just beginning to catch my attention, too. Thanks for sharing both.

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  21. That hellebore is a stunner, I didn't know that it came in such a strong purple. Doesn't spring weather kinda drive you crazy, it's so unpredictable.

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  22. Hi Jan~~ It's almost worse to have crappy weather after a nice warm spell don't you think? It's almost like the weather turns even colder than it really is, just because of the temperature contrast.

    Your flowers are making beautiful appearances though. I can practically drink the fragrance of the hyacinth!

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  23. Jan, your flowers look beautiful. I love the colour of the hellebore.
    Spring is here at last. It's been very warm where I live for 3 days now.Hurrah !!

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  24. Jan, Beautiful as usual! I love the Hellebore! I have seen so many of these- yours is a beauty!

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  25. Hi Jan

    Crocus is something I overlooked in my garden. I need to fix that.

    Lovely photos.

    I hope your weather picks up from now on.

    Rob

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  26. That feels like spring! Interesting, the Autumn Joy in my garden looks pretty much the same. Not such a difference, though it's milder here.

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  27. I love all that purple & yellow going on in your garden. That Hyacinth is such an amazing color, including the stem, that I'd consider planting it out in the garden (I usually don't like the look of Hyacinths outdoors). The Hellebore is stunning.

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  28. Hi Jan,
    Running late but I made it. Your pictures are always so great. Maybe I'll go out and see what's going on - for the first day in a while it isn't snowing, flooding, hailing, storming or something horrible. Yes, think I will - ya just inspired me! ;-)

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  29. The Hellebores are beautiful! I need some of those in my garden.

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  30. Jan,

    Great bloomers! :-)

    It's good to visit the blogs and see all the flowers again! Hooray!

    Cameron

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  31. I am glad to see spring is coming to the rest of the state. The color on that Hyacinth is beautifully intense.

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  32. Wow!
    So many spring wonders, Jan :)
    That helleborus looks absolutely fabulous. I have a little weakness for dark flowers, but there mustn't be to many. Good to see that spring is on it's way "over there"

    Hilde

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  33. Hi!
    All your flowers are beautiful!! I have some popping up here too. Have a great evening!

    Sherrie

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  34. You are lucky to have all that rain, we've been dry for weeks now. It doesn't bode well for the summer, which turns out dry here pretty much every year. But usually we have a nice wet spring to start us off. Not so far this year!

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  35. Wonderful shots, Jan. Especially that of Hellebores and Crocuses. I love the zebra-like crocus bloom and needless to say the hyacinths with their water droplets.

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  36. Your hellebore is a beauty! Spring seems to be springing there and you have some pretty blooms.
    I haven't seen signs of our crocuses yet, but they'll be along soon.
    I hope your weather warms up soon. We've had 2 lovely days in a row. Garden clean-up weather. Lovely!

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  37. Oh boy, do I hear you on the weather! We are having the same, awful return to winter after a nice, mild, false spring. Or maybe two of those... I can't remember anymore! Happy belated Bloom Day (and birthday! Nice garden book haul!), love the colors, esp. the purple hyacinth, wow!

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  38. You have much to be thankful for! Beautiful show. :-) Happy Nearly Spring.

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  39. Wow, i enjoy and envy all your spring blooms! And I also love the little cabbage-y rossettes of sedum. They make me smile every year!

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  40. Sounds like a wet & chilly Bloom Day in your neck of the woods Jan. Still wet here today but the sun is suppose to come out tomorrow. I love the purple Hellebore, what a striking color. :) Lovely blooms for GBBD!

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  41. We had a chilly, drizzly Bloom Day here in Austin, too, and thank goodness, because we're so far into a drought that it's hard to imagine how we'll ever get out of it.

    I love your purple hellebores - I agree with perennialgardener that it's a very striking and unusual color. Thanks for sharing, and happy GBBD. :)

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  42. Lovely!! I do like purple flowers, and the forsythia is not something I get to see around Housotn.

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  43. I have some catching up here to do! What wonderful birds you have visiting- so many different ones. Happy belated Birthday!! It's always fun to go through gardening books and get new ideas.
    I hope you and your son feel better soon again.
    The baby is not due until end of June. So three more months to go..

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  44. What fun to see what's blooming in your Virgina garden -- so very different from what's blooming in my Texas garden. Your photos are gorgeous! Hope warm sunny weather finds you soon.

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  45. Jan thanks for stopping by before the gardening season. We brought out the Chilean Jasmin,planted 3 rose trees and planted 100 bulbs. This was before the 8" snowfall. Dave brought those jasmine in FAST. Happy spring!

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  46. Hi Jan,
    I am reading the blogs I follow from my site instead of blotanical tonight, because I seem to miss things when I read from there.

    You had some nice growth and blooms for GBBD. I love that hellebore! I finally found some, but could only afford one. I'll find some more at a sale in April.

    I hope your weather has warmed up. We had some nice weather, too, but are in the middle of some cold weather. The snow from Colorado made it part way through Nebraska, but not to my town in the SE part of the state. It's supposed to get down to 22 tonight.

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  47. Jan what an amazing colour of hellebore!

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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