Mid-March bloom day

Crocus on the Great LawnMany thanks as always to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for thinking up and hosting a monthly blooming show and tell.  I’m a little late to the Ides of March party but it’s a blow-out.  There are well over a hundred posts already and this month in particular is truly fascinating to compare notes on the start of spring.

Spring is just-just getting going here – the crocuses have opened in the last couple of days; the skunk cabbage are taking their time; the pussy willows are out; and I even spotted the very first and very most tiny daffodils (could it be ‘Bartley’?).  The adorable snow drops have been blooming for a little while now but we have such a pathetic display of them that I’m making some notes to remember to remedy that on the July bulb orders.  The hellebores didn’t fare too well this winter – we lost a couple of pretty ones.  The H. foetidus survived but the last snow beat them up a bit.  The Heaths made it through the snow and are still looking lovely – remember, if you plant some, their Barbara Streisand “best side” faces the sunny south.

(I want you to appreciate that for some of these pictures I had to actually lie down on the ground.  It may be one of Mother Nature’s best jokes that to get a good look at the rainy season’s first flowers, one must get down and dirty. Hover over for titles and click on for a larger image.)

Crocus under the front lawn BeechHelleborus foetidusSnowdrops (Galanthus sp.)Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)Salix chaenameloides 'Mt. Aso'the very first daffs

The greenhouse is heating up and full of spring too.  Here are some of the blooming beauties indoors:

the bluest rosemaryEomecon chionanthaKalanchoe manginiisilver lupine (Lupinus albifrons)

I’m not sure of which rosemary that is – it truly is a remarkably deep blue – can anyone provide an i.d.?  And we know that the Eomecon (a member of the poppy family) is “perfectly hardy” here (so says Ed from Opus Topiarium) but we have been torturing it in pots for a couple of years now.  Maybe this year we’ll get it in the ground.

Are you taking notes now for things to do (and buy) later?  — Did you lose anything this winter?

5 thoughts on “Mid-March bloom day

  1. They look very good. I had to giggle about getting down on the ground for some pictures. What we won’t do!!!
    Actually I’ve often wondered if the neighbors have caught me getting comfy to weed flowers. Ha! I have a really bad back and do it any way I can get it done and if that means laying down in my flowers then that’s what I do. Lucky we live out in the country with very little traffic!

    RG, I almost took a picture of one of our volunteers yesterday who was “lying down on the job” as she cut back the Lady’s mantle. She looked pretty comfy! -kris

  2. I said it last year and I’ll say it again – love the Mt. Aso pussy willow! Damn you forestfarm for not having it any more. IwantitIwantitIwantit!

    I always lament losing some bulbs. I never seem to have as many crocuses as I thought.

    Susan, I understand completely! I actually missed this one’s peak when it was all red and can’t wait now for next year. -kris

  3. My knees were wet also! Belly down! It is really too soon to tell if there are any pronounced gaps in the garden. Only time will tell. I did rake for a few minutes yesterday. How gratifying it was.

    Layanee, One of our volunteers thought raking was as Zen as ironing. I’m not an iron-er myself but I know what she meant – totally gratifying! -kris

  4. That’s a lot of neat stuff coming up & blooming. I love Skunk Cabbage, they are so funky. The Hellebores look terrific!

    Thanks MMD – The hellebores looked even better today – I thought they looked kind of hammered still from the snow but they’re perking up. -kris

  5. For dark blue rosemary, look at the pictures under ‘Blue Lagoon’ and ‘Tuscan Blue’. Having never met a skunk-cabbage before (except in LM Montgomery), I’m trying to work out what I’m looking at! Is it a fungus?

    Chookie, Skunk cabbage is a member of the arum family (Araceae), cousin to a Calla lily. The flower is just visible in the picture on a “spadix” inside the “spathe” and is pollinated, I think, by flies. They’re one of our native wildflowers. Thanks for the hint about the rosemary … may be ‘Blue Lagoon’… -kris

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