Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mid-March Blooms and Foliage

I'm a day late for Bloom Day, at Carol's May Dreams Gardens, and it's quite fitting--because my blooms are late, too. My last post, Spring Buds and Blooms, (March 9th) showed what's happening here just a week ago, and quite frankly, not much has changed in the short time since then. Due to our snowy winter, most of the early bloomers seem to be a couple of weeks behind their normal schedule.

The only real differences I've noted are that the squirrels (and possibly deer?) have been feasting on my tulip bulbs...and boy, am I disappointed!

Photos taken yesterday can be compared to those of a week ago. Several hellebore blooms seem to have plumped up and are coming along nicely:

As have the daffodils, compared to a week ago:

A couple of Periwinkle blooms are beginning to open, as well:

Other than that, my last post is still pretty accurate with regards to what's not blooming  in my garden at the moment. The only other news to report on is what's coming up out of the ground, which is indeed big news...so I'll show photos, for the record.  Pam at Digging, has 'Foliage Follow-up' the day after Bloom Day, so I'll include this post there, as well.

Some of my hosta's are beginning to make an appearance above-ground:

Parsley planted in a pot last summer, which was buried in ice and snow  for quite some time, is thriving:

Forsythia buds now have a hint of yellow on them:

My heuchera is now seeing the light of day:

Hydrangea buds are finally appearing:

Hyacinth's from last year:

The lilac bushes have some buds, too:

Hardy geranium Johnson's Blue, is beginning to send out buds, as well:



Buddleia beginning to bud out...with some sort of fungus on the branches:

Only a small area of Ajuga has come up, and has been partially eaten:

Monarda beginning to leaf out:

Yarrow has a few new leaves:




Azalea buds on just a (very few) branches--slower than usual:

Lamb's Ear:

Sedum 'Autumn Joy':


I am sure that in a couple of weeks there will be some changes worth talking about and showing. Meanwhile, if you haven't visited my last post, feel free to take a look:-)

Because I am still longing for blooms, I have to close this post with the following crocus blooms from my last year's March garden (which was way ahead of this years):

Happy Bloom Day--and Foliage Follow-up--to all!  I will be around to visit soon. My son has been sick since Friday and I haven't spent any time blog-hopping, but I will catch up with you all soon;-)

Today I am thankful for the life underground that has survived the winter, gradually making its way up to greet the spring;-) 

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


  1. Your garden is in much the same situation as mine: delayed blooms and newly emerging foliage as the main sign of spring. Well, we'll take it after this cold winter, won't we? :-) You have a lot of lovely leaves coming up, and I'm sure blooms will soon follow.

    Thanks for participating in Foliage Follow-Up, Jan.

  2. So many of the plants like Buddleja, Chrysanthemum and Hosta which never sleep in these parts have a long slumber in your part of the planet:-) Many others like daffodils and hellebores are just names and pictures to us.

  3. Jan,

    My daffodils are about where yours are just buds in the past few days. Your hellebores are moving pretty slowly, but I'm sure they will be lovely.

    I bet you the yard I'm working on has no less than 500 hellebore blooms right now, one plant maybe has 100 on it.

  4. Hi Jan, You're not too terribly far ahead of me. It's fun to see what is happening your way.

    Did you read Randy's post? I cannot imagine what a wonderful sight 500 plus hellebore blossoms would look like! :-)

  5. Have patience, when your garden finally gets out of bed, it looks like it will be quite colorful. The long term forecast here shows no freezing weather. My fingers and toes are crossed.

  6. Looks great!! Too bad on the deer. grrr.

    These plants are going to come in with a vengeance!! We're finally almost totally snow free (except for the horrible grey stuff piled up in parking lots!)

  7. Thanks guys...and gals:-) Amazing about 100+ blooms on ONE hellebore plant! Must be jaw-dropping-awesome!!

  8. How exciting to see so much new growth!

  9. It won't be long now, Jan, and you'll have plenty of blooms to share. Your clematis is much farther along than any of mine. I just have a small amount of new growth showing.

    I hope your son feels better soon.

  10. Jan, what a thrilling time of year. All that new growth will be putting on a show very soon!

    Can't wait :-)

  11. Dear Jan, You really should be encouraged by so much signs of life stirring in your garden. I am so sorry about your tulip bulbs which could well be the work of squirrels. I know that in London I have to net mine against those marauders.

  12. Hi Jan: Things are getting going! Once the show starts, it seems like there is something new to see every single day. Love this time of year...even the anticipation is fun.

    Just wondering...maybe you have rabbits nibbling on those tulips (too)? I never saw a tulip bloom here until I got my cats. Rabbits also like saffron crocus (it must be a special treat).

    The squirrels seem more mischievous here (digging, etc.)...dropping all those annoying small branches from their chewing.

    I think they mostly eat seeds and nuts (and certain bulbs...sigh)...I once saw one running along my fence with a bulb in his hands...

    When I had bearded iris, they liked to dig them up, but the cats took of that (and then I later got rid of the iris to make more room for...what else...lol...daylilies!).

    Hope you're doing well...take care now...

  13. You may feel your blooms and foliage are late, but they're still ahead of anything in my yard.

    I know critters have to eat, but why don't they go to the neighbor's garden for a salad?


  14. I love this time of year when the garden holds so much promise. You have so much newly emerging life--so much to look forward to--the blooms can't be far behind.

    Happy St. Paddy's Day

  15. You have lots popping up!! I think you have bunnies, think deer don't cut so low.
    I like your new look with the tabs and the wider content area. Looks very nice.

  16. Deer have been eating off the tops of my tulips for years. I even have soem pretty parrot tulips that I have never gotten to see bloom. Before I realized they were up , they got em. Yesterday I was out looking thru things and found the 2" sprouts, So I quickly got out some spray oil, and cayenne pepper and doused em good. Last yr I made of mix of eggs, garlic and cayenne etc that worked well, but didnt get it started early enough, So I am hoping.

  17. Hi Jan, I feel ya with the tulips. Mine have been eaten the last few years (but not yet this year, knock wood!) by groundhogs. I would have thought rabbits, too, if I hadn't seent he particular groundhog in question! :) It is very frustrating after a long winter not to get tulip blooms! Everything else looks great for you, though!

  18. Hi Jan, your gardens are coming along nicely. I was outside looking at mine yesterday. I was surprised to see so much green just starting to show.

  19. Nasty little varmints. Looks like deer may have munched them off. Watch your lilies or they will be next. If it is squirrels feed them chili soup and they will leave the flowers alone (Inside joke)

    It is good to see things starting to grow again though. I will take any spot of green now I am so hungry for anything to grow around here. Your heuchera looks pretty coming alive.

  20. Looks like Spring has arrived for you! I imagine the air is full of that amazing spring smell of new growth.

    Sorry to hear about your critter damage.

    We don't have much deer or squirrel damage around here any more after the government brought in coyotes on purpose a couple of years ago.

  21. EVERYTHING is coming to life in your garden! It will be full again in no time.-- Randy

  22. I am sure your post on gbbd in april will be one hell of a bloom post. things are warming up out there are i am excites to see the blooms of these plants. Lovely crocus blooms and what a sad tale that they do not grow well here.

  23. Jan- you have a lot coming up, it is so exciting to see. sorry to see you half eaten Tulips and Ajuga.

  24. I too have nothing in the way of blooms, but lots of greenery beginning to show itself. I'm sorry to hear that the deer chewed on your bulbs. I'm going to have to check my buddleia. It's got lots of leaves sprouting. I wonder if it has that fungus also. Your garden will be spectatular for next month's bloom day :-)

  25. I'm hoping the Vinca will present me with my 2nd flower of the season tomorrow. Thinks look about the same here but I'm afraid we're due a lot more cold before spring really returns.

  26. I am so glad to see new signs of life all around my garden and yours. And I am sure the critters are just as happy as we are! It is such a great time of year. Happy Spring!

  27. Once buds begin to swell, it is a very short time until you'll see all kinds of glorious growth. The recent cold set us all behind, but warm sunshine speeds up the process. Things hold so much promise in your garden and that last pic of crocus indicates such.

  28. Dear Jan - do hope your son is feeling better and that your blooms are that bit further on since you wrote your posting... you're infact not that far behind us in terms of growth - Daffodils have only really started to come out in the last 2 days - Hellebores are doing quite well now but most of the progress I've seen has been frankly in the last few days... I love this time of year but it is full of waiting and patience!! Take care Miranda x

  29. How terrific to see all these signs of new growth ... won't be long now before your garden will be bursting with blooms. I see you have your munchers too ... such a shame about your tulips.
    I do hope your boy recovers soon ... and thanks very much for highlighting my blog ... it's kind of you!

  30. Hope all is well with your son, Jan. Happy 'official' spring!

  31. I'm developing a new respect for Northern hemisphere gardners like you Jan - the seasonal changes with you are just so much more dramatic than they are in my garden! I've enjoyed looking at your photos of new life emerging and am looking forward to seeing it all take off over the coming weeks!

  32. I think nearly everyone is sort of delayed, just by scale depending on location I'm liking these weekly photo updates :) it makes me excited to see them and they aren't even in my garden!

  33. Looks like your garden is springing to life. So pretty. Sorry about your bulbs. That happened to me last year, Darn Squirrels. For this year I didn't plant very many since there is no point in feeding them my bulbs again.

  34. Lucky you to have Hellebores blooming. I'm still waiting on mine, but then they've been under snow until fairly recently. I must be patient :)
    My first crocus blooms opened yesterday!! Closed today though because of cloudy skies and rain. We had a wonderful run of sunshiny days. Can't complain.
    I hope you have more blooms by now.
    What a shame about the deer or squirrel damage. Darn critters. They can be such a nuisance.
    Happy spring, Jan!


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