Saturday, March 14, 2015

Wake up, Garden!

Suddenly, it is spring!

One day the garden was covered in snow and ice. And the next - little growing things are peeping here and there! Surprises around every corner. I went out the other day to spread out the last remaining snowmounds, and here is what I found:

Eranthis hyemalis emerging from the near-frozen soil

Galanthus elwesii unfurling among patches of snow
Meanwhile, the rose garden was still covered in snow:

Rose garden in late winter


Just a few days later, the snow is all gone, though the ground is still frozen solid in spots. The snowdrops and Aconites are in their prime, however, and the daffodils and even some tulips have already started to push through the soil in warmer spots:

Eranthis hyemalis in mid-March
Galanthus elwesii (Giant snowdrops) in mid-March

These little bulbs are tiny, few, and not likely to stop traffic. But oh how we cherish these first flowers of spring!

In a warm zone by the house, even these giant crocus have already started blooming. They really should not be the first crocuses to bloom - my little species crocuses should pop first - but these have a head start due to their warm sunny location.

Crocus vernus 'Flower Record in mid-March
I've already started my spring clean-up chores - cutting back old foliage, trimming away dead wood, raking back leaf litter to expose and warm the soil. The warm fresh air reinvigorates the garden and the gardener.

9 comments:

  1. When the snow has melted it goes so fast, every day new growth is to be seen. Your big crocuses are doing wonderful near the house.
    Have a lovely Sunday!

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  2. Your post reminds me I should buy more bulbs for next spring. There is nothing more welcome to a gardner than the first signs of emerging growth in the garden.

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  3. It is nice to see all the bulbs coming up. Here, in Ontario, we still have a bit more snow than you do but it is melting fast.

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  4. Lovely with spring, nice to see the snow is finally receding and uncovering those hidden gems :-)

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  5. Your garden are certainly waking up! It is nice to see your Eranthis hyemalis with its bright yellow blooms and purple crocus showing their display! Happy spring in just five days!

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  6. After such a long, difficult winter, I can imagine the excitement of seeing those bulbs emerge. You're headed toward a beautiful spring I'm sure, Rebecca!

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  7. Beautiful....I am hoping my garden looks like that soon but I am expecting it to take at least 2-3 more weeks before the 2 ft left melts as we are still quite cool and cold here.

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  8. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! It took me a while to pay back a visit to yours, but here I am :-)!
    I totally love your spring bulbs. After your long winters I can imagine that there is nothing more cheerful out there than to see these little brave plants pushing through the soil and delight you with their lovely colorful blooms. The giant blue crocus especially won my heart over. Hopefully spring is coming forth for you!
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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  9. Day by day, little by little, Spring is springing, and winter is losing its grip! Your spring flowers are so very welcome , and, as you say,to be cherished.

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