Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Spring Buds and Bulbs

The temperature has been in the upper 50's/low 60's during the past few days! The snow is all but melted, with just a small clump dotting the landscape here and there.


My daffodils are finally poking up through the ground...

(Daffodils)

as are my hyacinths...

(Hyacinths)


(hmm...somebody or something has been munching on this one)

I'm hoping the hyacinth bulbs in my garden will (soon) resemble my indoor forced bulbs:






My crocuses and muscari are showing their foliage...



(this is a photo from last year)

and the tulip foliage is up...(what few the squirrels haven't eaten yet)




My next door neighbor's daffodils are many inches taller than mine, (probably due to differences in micro climates as well as daffodil variety).


and their crocuses are already blooming!


This time last year my forsythia looked like this


...but only now are they showing their buds this year.


On Saturday, I bought some giant pansies





and a few more daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, which are just partially through the soil.


Yesterday I planted the pansies in the front yard (in the ground and in pots)...



And now, everything is in--tulips, daffs, and hyacinths:



My hellebores are budding and I'm looking forward to seeing a few blooms in the near future:



Daffodil Planter is having a Blogorama featuring, what else? Daffodils! Take a look if you haven't already!

Today I am thankful for the buds and bulbs popping up all over my yard;-)



Words and photos ©Thanks For Today, by Jan Huston Doble

49 comments:

  1. Hi Jan. Isn't it so nice to see the old dirty snow melting. Your hyacinths and pansies are so pretty. It is nice to see things growing again. I have got to get some crocus before next winter. Don't know why I do not have any and they are about the first thing to show their blooms.
    Lona

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  2. Hi Jan
    Isn't it great to have spring here at last it has been such a long cold winter.

    It is exciting to see so much of interest growing and fun to spoil yourself with a few purchases.

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  3. It's great seeing signs of life in the garden isn't it? I don't have any spring bulbs in the ground at the moment. I was looking at some daffodills and hyacinths in the garden center on Saturday, but they were all in full bloom and I felt they wouldn't last long if I planted them now.

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  4. Yeah for spring! Won't be long and you'll be awash in color.

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  5. Glad to see you're warming up a bit! I can almost smell those hyacinths!

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  6. Glad to see the weather warming for you finally. Look forward to seeing all those bulbs in flower.

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  7. You have quite a few spring bloomers! Good to see after a long, cold winter.

    I've been working in the garden for days now. Tired. But, oh so good to be back out there!

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  8. Hi Jan~~ I'm rejoicing with you for the many signs of spring. Love that PINK pansy.

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  9. How wonderful. I love spring. mine is a few weeks yet and it will be early this year, i think.

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  10. I would have to do something about that patch of snow. Glad that spring is starting to show itself for you.

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  11. What ecciting new growth!! Terrific spring post. :)

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  12. It's going to be gorgeous there very soon Jan. So many bulbs almost ready to bloom. Glad the snow is (almost) gone. Your hyacinths are so pretty too.

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  13. Dear Jan, What an exciting time this is for you with so much happening in the garden. Everything to play for, as they say.

    I do so love the 'faces' of the pansies - each one an individual character. Let us hope that you have seen the last of the snow.

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  14. Jan, I think you had more snow than we did, but ours has not disappeared as quickly as yours. That's not at all fair. Although yesterday I did find some daffodils coming up in an area where the snow was gone.

    donna

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  15. I join every northern gardener wandering around looking for signs of spring. It's great to see all your lovely, growing plants.

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  16. Great to see all your bulbs and buds popping out !
    Pansies in pots...hmmmm...might do that.

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  17. After all that snow I'm sure you're more excited than ever to see so many bulbs popping up. I love the Pansies too, such happy little faces :)

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  18. Good morning Jan. You have lots of stuff getting ready to bloom. Nothing here yet. Probably several more weeks.
    Marnie

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  19. Seeing tiny lumps of snow makes me smile. Soon it will all be gone. I found 1 Crocus in bud this morning, but the slugs had already ruined it. I guess half a bud is better than no bud at all.

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  20. I read through your post in my feedreader... wondering if this really was your blog... It all sounded so 'Western-European', so 'Belgian' even... Your plants seem to be just in the same stage as mine. (Although the last snow melted a few weeks ago, but February was so dark, and although March started rather sunny, it is cold, much colder than in previous winters...)

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  21. Jan, so happy you have life in your garden! Such encouragement and joy for us to see it all happening.

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  22. Looking very spring-y around your place. Today I am thankful I have a roof over my head and indoor heating. We just endured a snowstorm and temps in the teens. So much for spring this month.

    Christine in Alaska

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  23. Jan, spring is wonderful isn't it? Fills one with hope and joy. Your outdoor plants will soon be as pretty as your indoor ones. I can almost smell those hyacinths! And those giant pansies are beautiful! I have only a few daffodils and one small bunch of tulips just peeking out of the ground. But that's a start. :)

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  24. It's lovely to see Spring emerging in your garden Jan. Soon I'll be watching leaves falling instead!

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  25. Spring is arriving a little quicker to Virginia than it is NE Ohio!! Can't get here quick enough for me!! Thanks for the inspirational photos, keep 'em coming.

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  26. Your area is going to be just beautiful with all of this Spring color!!

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  27. I was talking to Mother in Law on the phone last night and she was telling me about how slow the daffys and all are this year. From what she was saying, it looks as though I am seeing her plants in your yard! They are located west of Fredericksburg...

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  28. Hi Jan - Hooray for spring! It seems your bulbs are catching up in a hurry, despite the few remaining spots of snow! How cheering. It's hard to resist those funny, sunny pansy faces isn't it? I have some that reseed every spring, I just noticed the first one coloring up today. Yippee!!

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  29. I love seeing all the shoots poking through. There are some crocuses starting to sprout here too. Can't wait until we can plant some pansies. We don't have them in the stores yet, but soon!

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  30. Isn't it wonderful to see those green shoots instead of snow?!Looks like spring is on its way to your area, Jan. Love the pansies--such beautiful colors!

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  31. It's been warm here, too! My bulbs aren't up as high as yours yet, though. I love hyacinths, they smell so wonderfully and I plant them near my front door.

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  32. Hi Jan, Happy Spring to you! I get excited just seeing all your plants breaking through the earth... blooms too! Beautiful post! ;>) Carol

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  33. Jan, that is truly something to be thankful for. Spring is unfolding before your eyes. :)

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  34. Looking good, Jan. I admit I had a double- (triple-) take at your collage. It looked as though bulbs were growing through a walkway of stone... ha! (I was rushing!) Aren't we so ready for Spring? ;-)

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  35. Lovely, Jan ... you are way ahead of me but our snow is gone ... alleluia!

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  36. Your zone 7a garden got beaten up more then we did...but it's coming along nicely...Every tulip and crocus that pops up is a celebration! gail

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  37. yep, this is what my garden looks like too. How exciting!!!

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  38. Jan, your garden/bulbs look amazing! I love the hyacinth and crocus...my spring faves that I can no longer grow. Therefore, I live vicariously through you! :)

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  39. It has been an odd and tiresome winter for so many, but I think spring really is in the wind. I did some cleanup today and feel very virtuous about it. Plus, the joy of seeing snowdrops (or, in your case, crocus) is just soooo satisfying. I'm glad things are coming along for you now.

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  40. Jan, this is so exciting, isn't it? I just trimmed all the old ratty foliage off my hellebores the other day before the rain started. No bulbs in my garden yet but the snowdrops. I'm working on a post on tulips - now THAT's jumping the gun!

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  41. Looks like your spring has started ... beautiful hyacinths and pansies! Actually it all looks gorgeous.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and I'm honoured that you're thinking of mentioning it in your blog. It's greatly appreciated.

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  42. Good an Excellent Blog post very nice i like it

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  43. That's about where my plants are. Just poking up bravely. The snow is pretty much gone and the soft ground and grey scenery will be lucky to have their color soon. So will we.

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  44. that lion seems to have left our area Jan, but you are a bit ahead of us in the spring department ... hope you had a great birthday

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  45. Your bulb planting spree is inspiring. I can picture yellow daffodils smiling from your garden. I planted 80 bulbs a few years ago but our conditions are harsh. Every year fewer come up; makes them more precious.

    I love the title of your blog. I'm a cancer survivor too...every day is a good day to live.

    Thanks for following Hill Country Mysteries. I was tickled to track back through your profile so I can follow you too.

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  46. The first two pics of snow patches r cute. :)
    Pansies are beautiful. :)
    Thanks for sharing. :)

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  47. It's interesting to note how slowly things are taking to grow this year.

    Our daff season in Cornwall is rather behind compared to the last few years (we were getting some in December before, but they've only just now been coming into flower over the past few weeks).

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  48. It's great to see new life appearing again. I am thankful for bulbs, too....they are a sure sign of spring when they emerge!

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  49. Thank you ALL for your lovely comments on my post. I apologize for not replying to everyone individually. I;ve gotten side-tracked, it seems;-) It's only been a week since this post, so I may still have time. If I don't, I will see you on YOUR blog;-) THanks again~

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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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