April 05, 2022

Hope for True Spring

snowdrops

Finally, we seem to be turning the corner on "wintry" weather. The Snowdrops I included in my last post, two weeks ago, are still blooming with abandon. I guess longer bloom time is one benefit of a cold start to spring.

Now, with a slight warm-up, the earth is awakening.

allium

Alliums are making good progress.

rhubarb

Rhubarb is emerging.

hellebore 2

hellebore 1

The Hellebores will bloom very soon.

crocuses 1

crocuses 2

And the Crocuses are now the stars of the show.

They all bring hope that true spring weather is just around the corner.

16 comments:

  1. It really does seem as though we live in different hemispheres sometimes, Beth! I'm glad spring has given up its cameo performances and made a formal entrance at last.

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    1. Yes, indeed, Kris. Having spent a summer in your locale, I know that S. Wisconsin summers can be even warmer than yours. But our other seasons are much colder. Spring is usually a bit warmer by now (although always back and forth), but it's taking it's time this year.

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  2. Spring will happen, it is just testing our patience.

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    1. Haha! It's definitely testing mine. Warmer days ahead. Yay!

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  3. My Hellebores are emerging and most of the snowdrops. But it feels like it has been a struggle so far. However, I can't really complain as we are getting such beneficial moisture from the late snow and rain and the cool gray days are keeping it from evaporating.

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    1. Yes, definitely a struggle. I kept the Hellebores covered with leaf mulch until the lows were consistently in the 20s and warmer. And so true about the rain--we really needed it!

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  4. Hi, thank you for the photos Beth. We are still in full winter here. Snow is falling and the frost is still in the ground. Your photos make me smile.

    Last year the rabbit ate all my crocus!!! I was so sad, because they are my first sign of spring.

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    1. Hey Carla: I grew up near Green Bay, so I know how it goes up there. I hope spring will make more progress for both of us soon. Rabbits eat my crocuses, too--some are behind fencing, which helps.

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  5. All those luscious things opening up! Your hellebores are lovely. I enjoy looking at northern/European gardeners as they parade their beautiful hellebores, I could never grow them here. Funnily enough, I was in a nursery today and they had gallon pots of hellebores. Pfft--those things will fry by June!

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    1. Yes, I love Hellebores! We get very hot here, too, in July and August. It's always interesting to look at the U.S. temperature maps at that time of year--we're often warmer than the south. And we're super humid, too. I think the large-scale corn crops add to the humidity. When people visit from the south in the summer, I think they're often surprised by the hot, humid, long days. But, with that said, March through May days here supply the perfect conditions for Hellebores. :)

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  6. You so deserve some true spring! Those snow drops look like tiny orchids in your picture. Are they a named variety? Happy spring, Beth!

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    1. Hi Jane: Spring is a long time coming this year. The marker is long gone, but I believe, from looking back at past posts, that they are Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno.' Happy spring to you! :)

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  7. I have a tiny daffodil clump! I don't know if it is supposed to be that that tiny, but no matter. It is lovely. My four hellebores are amazing. They are amazing plants.

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    1. Yes, Hellebores are incredible! Daffodils are so cheery, too. :)

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