March 18, 2016
I've been away for a family wedding (more on that later). Look what greeted me when I returned: The 200+ Colorblends bulbs I planted last fall are emerging and beginning to bloom!
The mix includes Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica);
Winter Aconites (Eranthus hyemalis);
... and Tommies (Crocus tommasinianus). The mix also includes Daffodils (Narcissus spp.) and Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa spp.), which haven't bloomed yet.
I planted most of them in the sheltered, warmer microclimate area by my rock wall. It will be fun to see more of them blooming during the next few weeks.
Other old friends that started blooming while I was gone, include:
Several varieties of Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis);
Dutch Crocuses (C. vernus);
and Snowdrops. (I think these are Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno.') These beauties were whipped around by our recent windstorm, so I clipped them for display in a bud vase and brought them inside.
More flowering bulbs are preparing to bloom, including other Snowdrops, Crocuses, and Daffodils.
Looks like these guys will bloom next week, or after our current cold snap.
Many other signs of spring have surprised me this week, including:
Tiny starts of Sedums;
And Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis).
Oh, and the happy results of an experiment:
A few weeks ago, I'd planted Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) seeds--some from 2014 and some from 2015. Both germinated while I was gone, and it's clear to see that the newer seeds were more viable.
I'm looking forward to transplanting these to the garden in May--more food for Monarch butterfly caterpillars!
I'm happy to be home to enjoy these first colorful, magical signs of spring!
I'm linking this post to Donna's Seasonal Celebrations meme. Head on over to her blog to read about how other gardeners are welcoming the new season ahead! Wrap-ups for the Garden Lessons Learned meme will appear soon on the PlantPostings Facebook page.