Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day March 2012

Magnolia stellata 'Star Magnolia'

For this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day it’s hard not to lead off with the star magnolia which presents not only it’s wonderful blossoms fluttering in the wind but an equally charming scent for anyone who takes the time to sample.  This is a very reliable early bloomer for us but in terms of timing it seems to be lagging compared to all the other plants competing for attention right now.  The temperature climbed to 82 degrees and almost everything is off and running.  Although I like seeing everything blooming I don’t like to blast our way through spring.  I’m praying for a little more cold weather.

A real star performer this spring has been the lowly Primula vulgaris which started blooming on January 27th.  It is still looking wonderful despite all the heat.

Primula vulgaris

Primula vulgaris and friends (Narcissus 'Rapture' for one)

We have at least a dozen of these primrose clumps and the plan is to start dividing since they all seem to do really well here.

The Hellebores continue to be at the top of their game.  Ivory Prince is particularly noticeable for the quantity of flowers and their variable appearance on the plant.

Helleborus 'Ivory Prince'

I just planted another six hellebores today that were brought up from Plant Delights in North Carolina.

Another couple of choice plants that jumped in the car in North Carolina were a false freesia

Anomatheca laxa 'False Freesia'

And a particularly pretty Corydalis

Corydalis leucanthemum 'Silver Spectre'

Our Spirea ‘Ogon’ is fully in bloom now — a solid blast of small white flowers.

Spirea 'Ogon'

The Pulmonaria has a particularly vivid blue when the flowers first open.  Then they gradually shift to red.  They also have a very extended flowering season.

Pulmonaria (Lungwort)

And the violet variant of the blue chilean crocus (check out Telos Rare Bulbs) that I shared a few days ago had its first flower today.

Tecophilaea cyanocrocus var. violacea

And of course it’s really daffodil time.  They are flowering outside in the hundreds.  We fill the house with them to absorb their fragrance day and night.  And they definitely are proceeding much too fast thanks to the heat.  Here are a couple to close this posting with.

Daffodil with pink cup (Pink Silk maybe?)

Narcissus 'Cassata'

I must confess that GBBD sort of crept up on me this month.  I’ve been so busy planting and transplanting since I got back from the south.  And there are so many other plants in flower right now.  Step on over to Carol’s post to see what other flowers people are seeing in their gardens.

4 comments on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day March 2012

  1. Lea

    Wonderful!
    Each one a little more beautiful than the one before it!
    Happy Gardening!
    Lea
    Lea’s Menagerie

  2. Sallysmom

    Your blog is gorgeous!

  3. Crystal

    Beautiful plants, especially like your primrose, corydalis and pulmonaria.

  4. Les

    I really like that corydalis and hope it is not as thuggish as the yellow one in my garden. Your daffodils are beautiful, here not so much. We had a couple of severe storms just as they were reaching peak suffering a mass beat down.