Our weather has been so anomalously warm this year that we have blasted through springtime. Many things are two to three weeks ahead of time, and worse yet, going so fast that it’s hard to fully relish them. The daffodils are declining and the Rhododendron shown above is already finished. We usually expect many weeks of daffodils from start to finish but this year we are getting them all at once. We have been picking baskets of daffodils from the woods and hillside and bringing them inside for close enjoyment.
Once inside the daffodils are providing the mainstay of flowers for inside viewing and fragrance. Beth spends a good deal of time arranging the flowers all over the house.
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.
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.
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
And a particularly pretty Corydalis
Our Spirea ‘Ogon’ is fully in bloom now — a solid blast of small white flowers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the third year we’ve grown the Chilean Blue Crocus and it’s still exciting to see it pop up. Judging from last year it’s about 10 days earlier this year though each species seems to be reacting differently to the warmer weather.
I’ve been gone to North Carolina and Florida for the past week. Making my annual trek to Plant Delights and spring training. I brought back three boxes of garden treasures from the Plant Delights open house including this new Hellebore
When I returned I was pleased to see that the season had advanced but I hadn’t really missed any flowerings. Especially wonderful at this time of year are the tiny Hepaticas.
and it’s somewhat larger american relative
Speaking of tiny, this diminutive Alpine Draba came from a seeding that my son planted in Boston last year. I tried putting two into a tufa stone (unsuccessfully) but the one which grew was planted in the garden on a slightly dry modest slope. It seems to be very happy next to the Adonis and a dwarf daphne.
Another gift from my kids at Christmas last year seems to have successfully returned. It’s foliage is easily recognized as different than your normal hellebore.
Apparently this takes a few years to reach the flowering stage, but judging from the online pictures it’s worth waiting for. In the meantime the leaves are quite pretty.
And after waiting a few years, the first buds are visible on one of the Molly the Witch Peonies.
There are so many things blooming in the yard right now it’s hard to give them all appropriate appreciation. Certainly all the crocus in the grass are worthy of more individual attention than they often get.
Of course it would not fair imply that the only thing I look at are the little guys. For instance the big Pink Camellia is covered with blossoms and hard not to notice. Our camellia plantings are in for an expansion this year now that we have a deer-free zone…:)
Every day now is an opportunity to walk around the garden (maybe more than once a day) and see what it stirring from winter slumber. It has to be my favorite time of year. Each of the little spring ephemerals has it’s own way of surprising as it sends up the first exploratory shoots. The hepaticas with their hairy stems are especially charming to see. The first off the mark is one of the very tiny Hepatica nobilis.
The startlingly red color more than compensates for the small size.
Trillium and trout lilies are putting up shoots and in the woods the little striped squalls are in full flower.
Also in the woods the wonderful early Daffodil ‘Little Gem’ is brightening up the forest path.
The Hellebores are continuing to amaze. I plan to be shopping for more this week. A very strong grower is Ivory Prince.
Surprisingly the Fritillaria raddeana is blooming almost as it’s coming out of the ground this year. I remember it usually being much taller before the flowers come out.
And one of my favorite plants, the variegated winter daphne, is opening up its flowers.
This is a flower that I have never satisfactorily photographed. I think it’s partly because I ‘see’ it also with my nose and that fragrance makes it beautiful beyond compare. The plant is large enough to create a cloud of incense as you walk by.
Fragrance, flowers, and winter-hardy evergreen plant. What more could one ask for?