Yesterday I was delighted to find my garden’s first crocus blooms of the season! Hurrah! There are quite a few crocus in my garden, but their bloom time varies over a couple of weeks depending on both variety and location – some spots warm up much sooner than others.
The first blooming crocuses of the year were almost all either Crocus chrysanthus ‘Cream Beauty’ or Crocus tommasinianus ‘Barr’s Lilac’. ‘Cream Beauty’ in particular makes a powerful and optimistic statement emerging from the browns and grays that dominate this March.
And there are other signs of life. The Snowdrops (Galanthus) patch has come more fully into its own.
I’ve counted 40 tulips emerging from the containers where they were planted last fall, out of a total of 90 planted. I’m optimistic about the rest, as we have a mix of early, mid-season, and late varieties. For those of you following my container tulip saga, I’ve moved the containers back out of the garage. At this point I don’t care how cold it gets, I’m not going to lug them back in.
Tulips, Daffodils, and Virginia Bluebell foliage is emerging from the slowly warming soil. I guess I really do believe that spring has arrived.
How about you – are your spring bulbs blooming yet?
Happy spring everyone, and happy Easter/Passover/(insert appropriate holiday here)!