Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - March 2016


It's been some time since I've participated in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, started and hosted by Carol Michel of May Dreams Gardens. But with us having one of the earliest springs I can ever remember, with so many lovely things blooming in the garden already, I just had to share them this month.

Our Little Acre is situated in USDA Zone 5b, surrounded by 6a, here in Northwest Ohio. Why we're in this little cold pocket, I haven't a clue, but my gardening experience has taught me that we can't reliably grow plants that are rated for Zone 6a, even if those around us can.

Now, on with the show!

Crocus, with an early pollinator!

Crocus

Crocus
Crocus sieboldii 'Tricolor'

Crocus
Crocus chrysanthus 'Prins Claus'

Crocus
Crocus tommasinianus
'Ruby Giant'

Hellebore
Helleborus x hybridus 'Red Lady'

Hellebore
Helleborus x hybridus 'Red Lady'

Hellebore
Helleborus x hybridus 'Pippa's Purple'

Hellebore
Helleborus 'Ivory Prince'

Hellebore
Helleborus xericsmithii 'Winter's Bliss'

Reticulated iris
Iris reticulata 'Harmony'

Reticulated iris
Iris reticulata 'Spring Time'

Japanese Andromeda or Japanese Lily-of-the-Valley
Pieris japonica
'Passion Frost'

Winter Aconite
Eranthis hyemalis

Winter Aconite
Eranthis hyemalis

Cornelian cherry
Cornus mas
Cornelian cherry
Cornus mas

Crocus
Crocus chrysanthus var. fuscotinctus

Snowdrops
Galanthus nivalis
'Flore Pleno'

It will be just a few days before a few other things are also blooming, including the first daffodil...

Daffodil
Narcissus 'Jetfire'
 

 . . . and one of the lungworts . . .

Lungwort
Pulmonaria longifolia 'Raspberry Splash'

These unusually early warm days have caused plants to emerge so fast you could probably grab a chair and plop yourself down in it and watch them grow. We always long for these days, when winter has worn out its welcome, but now that they're here, we wish they'd slow down a bit. These joyous first days when spring begins to show color just zip by too fast.


The weather has taken a toll on the maple syrup season. Just when I was excited that it had started early, it came to a screeching halt over the weekend, as the maples broke bud. All the sap we collected was boiled over a two-day time period and yielded just a quart-and-a-half of syrup. That's far less than we got last year.






3 comments:

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

I love to see all that spring in your garden! Nothing blooming here yet, but at least some signs of life. Ironically we are also in zone 5b, although surrounded by zone 5a, but things will spring here later than further inland where they are on the cusp of 4b. Go figure.

Lisa Greenbow said...

Spring has sprung in your garden Kylee. These early blooms are fab.

RobinL said...

It's so odd to me how the microclimates form, with you in zone 5B while surrounded by 6A. I've always found it odd that I moved here from the southern suburbs of Detroit, where it was zone 6B, and while the seasons seems a bit more advanced here in Columbus, I'm still in zone 6B. I can never figure it out!

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