Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: I’m Back!
I haven’t done a GBBD post since October. And because we are having such a cold spring (or Sprinter, as Rachelle at Talking to Plants puts it), I don’t have much to show yet. Plenty of stuff getting ready to bloom, not much actually blooming.
In terms of bulbs, the snowdrops (Galanthus) are pretty much played out. There are lots of crocus, however.
Also the Siberian squill (Scilla sibirica) is just beginning to bloom in both the back and front gardens.
Normally at this time of year we’d have daffodils and species tulips showing their stuff, but not now. To counteract the shortage of color, I’ve been buying pansies and violas by the flat. I bought mostly white, with a bit of blue, for the planters and containers in the back garden. This is something I do most years.
Also, for the first time, I’ve bought spring annuals for the driveway border. I planted a patch of stock by the front door, mostly for the fragrance. And at the far end I’ve planted about a flat and a half of violas, mostly yellow but with patches of blue. They should go nicely with the daffodils, celandine poppy, and grape hyacinths when these finally get around to blooming. To really fill this bed, I’d need at least one more flat, but I think I’ll hold off. I don’t have all the locations of all the perennials marked, so I have to cautiously make planting holes by hand. Fortunately, the soil is nice and soft.
In terms of other stuff, we are being tantalized by the promise of future blooms. The container tulips are making nice progress.
And you can see the daffodils are getting ready.
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of little nibbles of color. I want the main course, and I want seconds!
Has your appetite for color in the garden been satisfied yet?