Carol of May Dreams Garden has hosted Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for about three years now on the 15th of every month. March is always an exciting month for this, because we in the northern climates are likely to have our first outdoor blooms of the year. We get really excited over this and consider it to be an "event."
I'm so excited about what's going on in my garden right now that I'm taking horticultural license and declaring this to be Garden Bloggers' Bloom Week in my garden. To limit it to one day would be a shame, because the planets have converged and the stars have twinkled at the moons and the cats have declared a moratorium on spraying the Dwarf Mugo Pine.
All kinds of everything is popping, with something new showing color every hour, it seems. The temperatures have warmed to the 60s F the entire week and those spring bulbs love it. The snow is finally gone, leaving some damage in its wake, but plants are amazing and resilient and even the damaged ones will bounce back in time.
What's blooming now?
- Iris reticulata 'Harmony'
- Chionodoxa forbesii
- Crocus sieberi subsp. sublimis 'Tricolor'
- Puschkinia scilloides 'Alba'
- Narcissus 'Rip van Winkle'
I've got blooms inside, too. The amaryllis are between blooms, but I'll have one in bloom by the weekend, with others well on their way. I've messed with their bloom times by getting them potted up so late that if I keep this up, I'll have summer-blooming amaryllis one of these days!
One of the Phalaeonopsis orchids is in the middle of rebloom. I don't know the name of it, but the blooms are impressive.
The Clivia miniata is reblooming, too. I kept it in a cool bedroom for about two months, until I saw the buds emerging. Then I brought it downstairs to the family room and it's just beautiful. Between staring alternately at the orchid and the clivia, I'm getting very little work done!
The Streptocarpus I brought home from the Chicago Flower and Garden Show is still looking good and had several more flower buds forming.
The Oxalis that I've kept in the basement has bloomed a bit throughout the winter:
The aloes that I bought at the Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show are still blooming, too.
Everyone is a little wary of proclaiming spring to be here. We've been burned so many times before by late freezes, but every now and then we really do have an early spring. I think maybe this might be one of those years.