Every month on the 15th I shake my head and say 'already?' Yes, it's already time, once again, for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day over at May Dreams Gardens. *(In fact, it's past time, now, as I'm getting this post published a day late). While I don't have tons of flowers in bloom, I have to say there are quite a few more than were available for January's bloom day post.
Hellebores are still in bud and bloom. Some still look very similar to photos from last month, while others have opened and continue to do so. I will probably have Hellebores in my blog posts in March and April, perhaps even beyond that.
|H. x ballardiae "Pink Frost", a little less direct sunlight in this photo|
|Helleborus x nigercors (Winter Rose)|
HCG "Green Corsican"
|Helleborus niger 'Jacob' (blooming since November and still producing buds and blooms)|
|H. hybridus "Red Lady"|
Several varieties of Galanthus are scattered throughout the yard, all opening at various times through the winter and early spring--so they will continue to pop up when I least expect it. There are 'Giant Snowdrops', 'Common Snowdrops' and some that truly look like miniatures that are only now beginning to show the teensiest sign of a bud.
|Galanthus nivalis (Common Snowdrop)|
|G. nivalis (Common Snowdrop)|
|G. elwesii (Giant Snowdrop)|
Here is the only Scilla that began to pop out a tiny blue blossom a couple of days ago--so it shouldn't be too long until the whole flower begins to unfold. I planted a few more of them last year...
|...also known as Squill|
And this one particular Hyacinth has been pushing out a bud for over a week and there is the faintest hint of blue.
|Senecio aureus aka Packera aureus (Golden Groundsel, a native groundcover)|
|Golden Groundsel March, 2012|
Later in the spring, they will turn bright yellow and look like an entirely different plant. Pretty cool! Here is a photo from last spring, the end of April:
|Native Packera aureas (Golden Groundsel), April 28, 2012|
I've been noticing all the Monarda foliage spreading throughout an area of the side garden. Maybe it will put on a good show this year, as I don't remember having so much of it in past years. See all the squirrel holes (or deer tracks?)...they are all over the gardens.
|Native Monarda didyma (Beebalm) foliage|
What gifts have you discovered today? Until next time,
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