As others in various parts of the country have been noticing, this was the winter that wasn't. At least where I live it
wasn't was;~} Many of my plants are at least 2 weeks ahead this year. Others seem more like months ahead...
Dicentra, Brunnera and Pulmonaria did not bloom until April last year...but not this year!
|Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart)|
|Dicentra spectabilis 'alba'|
|Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Buglose)|
|Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Splash' (Lungwort)|
Mertensia surprised me about a week ago...
|Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebells)|
...and Hepatica has been blooming for at least a week and a half--again, weeks before last year as shown in my March 23, 2011 post.
|Hepatica acutiloba 'f. rosea'|
|Hepatica nobilis 'v. acuta' (white)|
|Hepatica nobilis (Liverwort) pink|
Helleborus niger (Christmas Rose) started blooming in January, which is normal...but many Helleborus hybrids were blooming in February, and by early March, all were blooming. (Except for those gnawed off by squirrels. Luckily I have found a way to keep them at bay and have been spraying with Bobbex regularly. It seems to be working!).
Decided to beat the squirrels and pick off a few blooms before they could get to them!
Buds are ready to pop on the native Rue Anemone:
|Anemonella thalictroides (Rue anemone)|
Just planted Fritillaria bulbs (in January--very late!) so this is the first I've had one coming into bloom in my garden. I don't know if it's early or not, but I'm happy I 'Bobbexed' it before the critters could get to it:
|Fritillaria meleagris (Checkered Daffodil, aka Snakes Head)|
Lots of Heuchera are up and have small blooms already (such as Heuchera 'Georgia Peach', and others). Heucherella is also blooming in my garden:
|Heucherella 'Day Glow Pink' (Coral Bells and Tiarella combo)|
As are the Tiarella...many are leafing out and sending out blooms:The Arabis has taken off, as has the Creeping Phlox (both lining the driveway):
|Tiarella cordifolia (Foam Flower)|
|Left: Arabis 'Snow Cap' (Rock Cress) and Right: Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox)|
|Iberis sempervirens 'Purity' (Candytuft)|
Blooming for a couple of weeks, with plants opening at various times, are Hyacinth:
|Hyacinths...Blue and Pink (Surprisingly few of the pink varieties have bloomed at this point...|
but that's ok, since the blues are my faves)
...and of course, Narcissus. While some daffodils bloomed early and are finished, others are still in full bloom, with yet my newest varieties just now popping their foliage through the soil. I'll upload the newer ones when they start to bloom, but those that have been in bloom and are currently blooming are:
|2 unidentified Narcissus varieties, with Hyancith|
|Narcissus--unidentified smaller bloom, many have still not flowered yet.|
|Hydrangea is really filling out|
|Trillium recurvatum (Bloody Butchar)|
|Trillium luteum (Yellow Wakerobin)|
|More T. recurvatum 'Red Trillium'|
|Trillium pusillum (Dwarf Wakerobin)|
|Polemonium caeruleum (Jacob's Ladder)|
It just gets more lovely each day:
I just planted light blue Muscari (in January, when I planted other bulbs) and they are coming up nicely:
|Muscari 'Valerie finnis' (light blue)|
|Crocus 'Blue/White Striped'|
|Crocus 'Ruby Giant'|
Many Iris reticulata are still blooming--but I think they are about finished:
|Native Senecio aureus (Golden Groundsel, aka Squaw Weed) *The blooms will be bright yellow.|
A 3rd variety is planted in a different location, with about half of the branches in bloom:
|Veronica (Creeping Speedwell)|
|Lamium maculatum (spotted dead nettle)|
|Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot)|
|Another batch of Bloodroot, in bloom|
Well, that's all for now. I hope you are discovering gifts every day in your garden of life, too:-)
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