I took this picture last week after a particularly pretty ice storm. It’s very representative of the kind of winter we’ve had and sort of a nice lead into this month’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. At the same time the Adonis, usually my first striking blooms of the season, were tightly held in bud waiting for a warm day.
But yesterday (what a difference a few days makes) the same Adonis were fully reveling in the sunshine. Full credit to Beth for catching this colorful image of the Adonis while I was heading back from the west coast.
The lesser petaled species Adonis were also out in bloom.
As were some of the winter stalwarts like the snowdrops and witch hazel.
This plant continues to show some of the yellowish flowers that I noticed earlier in the season, together with some really fine red flowers.
And just for today the first Winter Aconite have appeared on the scene.
In the greenhouse one of my favorite plants of the season is in flower.
It’s because of this Hesperantha that I’ve added several Hesperantha to my seed exchange requests.
There is a perfectly lovely compact Oxalis in full flower right now. Note the red barber pole striping on the unopened buds.
And also a very nice new Oxalis that came to me via a Pacific Bulb Exchange distribution last fall.
Notice the yellow coloring in the unopened bud. The red leaves are striking.
So with the nice start from the Adonis we are now facing more snow and freezing weather tomorrow. So winter isn’t done with us yet.