Celebrating Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day

Helleborus xnigercors 'Green Corsican'

We are celebrating this month’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for many reasons.  First and foremost because the weather has brought a bounty of flowers this winter, many of which I’ve already shared.  But, hey, what’s a little repeating of stories between friends.  The Hellebores have all been given their spring trimming and are showing off their flowers.  The Green Corsican above is particularly nice about flashing it’s flowers to the sun as opposed to facing downward like many others, e.g., this pretty rose colored hybrid.

Helleborus MG Apricot

The Adonis is showing ever more signs of propagating in place.  I now count at least 5 buds on the fukujukai variety.

Adonis amurensis 'fukujukai' spreading

A particularly nice white crocus is Cream Beauty.  It’s fully in flower in the lawn while some of the others are still considering the appropriate date for flowering.

Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty'

And the Winter Aconite are adding new flowers all the time as they demonstrate that although they are not naturalizing as fast as the Glory of the Snow, they are none the less spreading around our gardens.

Winter Aconite going wild

However today we are also celebrating the visit of the tree trimmers who work for the power company.

Tree trimmers at work

I had been ready to pay to have the large Cherry and Ash trees next to the power pole taken out but it turns out no one is permitted to work next to the power pole without the power company go ahead.  So when they showed up to take out the trees for free I was overjoyed.

Weed trees next to the power pole

And when they were done, we had only a bunch of fire wood next to the pole.

After trimming next to power pole

That Yew bush was a three foot high shrub next to the porch when we moved in and I dragged it down to the edge of the yard next to the street.  The tall branch in the picture is part of the Japanese Pear tree that I will have to cut back before the season gets much further along.  I never noticed how tall that leader had grown with all the other trees that were previously present.

And the other major reason for celebrating this February 15th is that we completed sealing the deer fence today (well a few small openings left but hopefully the deer won’t find them before I get it completely deer tight).  What a project this has been!

Deer fence west side

We now have a whole new mental image for what we call yard and a lot more sun space to garden in…

4 comments on “Celebrating Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day

  1. Randy

    John,

    Excellent! The ‘Green Corsican’hellebore, I’m delighted yours is blooming already. I planted a nice one last year and just a few days ago I noticed buds on it. That Apricot is stunning, another one to add to my list. We are going to the Pine Knot Farms Hellebore Festible is two weeks, both of us are broke because of taxes, but maybe we’ll bring something home anyway. I have an eye on that earlier species hellebore you showed us weeks ago.

  2. Crystal

    Lovely photos of your hellebores. Most of mine are still in hiding.

  3. Scott Weber

    Wow…congrats on the deer fence…that will be nice to have a more “secure” garden, won’t it! Those Winter Aconites are way too cute…love ’em!

  4. Les

    My garden was trimmed recently by a contractor for the power company. Oh, what butchery.