The Snowdrops Arrive!
For the last two years I’ve had nothing to show for the March Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. This year, though, is different. For that, I am grateful to the Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis and G. elwesii) in my back garden. Thank you, Snowdrops!
In both 2013 and 2014, our first snowdrop pictures were taken around April 5th. This provides perspective on the current winter, which became more severe late in the season, but in the Chicago area at least hasn’t been all that bad.
When I got home from a business trip this past Friday, the first Snowdrops were in bloom.
I am not one of those Snowdrop connoisseurs, who glory in the subtle differences among all the different species in variety. Even so, I do love Snowdrops. Partly it is simply the fact that they are the very first to bloom. But it is also the way they emerge from the mud and dead leaves of early spring, clean and perky and gleaming. And of course, there are few things more beautiful than a big drift of Snowdrops in the early spring woods.
In addition to the Snowdrops, Judy found a single Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis) that is about to bloom. Most of the Hellebores are still a bit tattered, and I don’t expect them to show any blooming flowers until late in March.
Other than that, there is mainly the promise of future blooms. The buds on the Forsythia and Lilac are swelling. The first leaves of the crocuses, daffodils, and early tulips have just begun to poke through the ground.
To enjoy more blooms, visit May Dreams Gardens. Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day to you! And happy spring!