Well, not only am I late with assessing the mid-Winter blooms but I have little to add in terms of flowers for this day. The Bougainvillea above is one of two that have been flowering since November. Now that is not surprising for people in California, Texas, or Florida. But in Maryland it’s definitely a more anomalous occurrence. Some plants respond better than others to lavish exposure to sun and water in the warmer months and then the subsequent trip to the dungeon for the winter. Those which do flower under such treatment get to live in the sunlit dining room for as long as they hold forth. The Bougainvilleas seem to have gotten the message. This is the best they have ever flowered in many years of mistreatment.
Outside, however, we are still limited to the lovely snowdrops which I mentioned in my last post. You would think that someone else would follow their example. If one looks outside it’s not too promising.
While temperatures are typically in the thirties, on a sunny day you can talk yourself into looking about for signs of spring. Indeed the daffodils near the deck are poking their way up above the ground.
But realistically nothing is likely to happen until we can more reliably see days in the 40’s. Year after year I look for the first crocus just about 5 weeks from now, when the pitchers and catchers report for the beginning of the baseball season and my oldest son has his birthday — all three very momentous events. In between we can expect to see the witch hazel start to show some color, the buds on the Magnolia start to pop, the winter aconite begin to show some color, and, if we are very good to one another, the first buds from the adonis.
In the meantime, we will say goodbye to the now fading Miltonia Orchid which has been sharing its blooms with us since Christmas.
If you would like to see what other gardeners are seeing in their gardens right now I encourage you to go to Carol’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day report.