Thursday, March 15, 2012

March Bloom Day


Like much of the country, it feels more like late spring or early summer here than the waning days of winter in mid-March.  It looks like daffodils will open very soon, maybe even later today.  They usually wait until April.


Snowdrops have been blooming for over a week.

Helleborus niger seems to be a slow grower.  It bloomed last spring for the first time, with just one flower.  I thought there might be more this year, but again, there's just one.


This hellebore is "Brushstrokes" strain  It was the first hellebore in our garden.  It was so big last year I divided it, and donated the divisions to our garden club plant sale last June.  The divisions never made it to the sale table.  As I walked into the room with them, people snapped them up immediately, before they'd even been priced.


Indoors, our Thanksgiving cactus, Schlumbergera truncata is reblooming.  It bloomed in November and December, and had buds all winter.  The buds all fell off before they opened until this month when several have held on and opened.  There are still quite a few more buds left.  This is the first time it's rebloomed, hopefully not the last.

Happy (very early) Spring everyone!  For more Bloom Day posts, please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

18 comments:

  1. That is so strange, but I had the same thing happen with my Thanksgiving cactus. Perhaps it was because of the warmer winter. Your spring blooms are lovely. Happy Bloom Day.

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    1. Not sure the reason, but I sure am enjoying the blooms!

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  2. Your hellebores are pretty. I hope your white one takes off next year, it would be so pretty with a lot of white blooms shining in the garden. Your snowdrops are sweet, too. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Thank you Holley! Happy Bloom Day!

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  3. Wow, what a beautiful splash of color that Thanksgiving cactus provides! How close to a window does it have to be placed to bloom so prolifically? -- Avis

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    1. I love it Avis! It's not all that close to the window. It's about 2 1/2 feet away from a south-facing window that has semi-sheer drapes, so it's really just bright, indirect sunlight. I don't think they need a whole lot of sun to bloom. Last year I had it under the light in the basement and it still bloomed down there.

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  4. Hey, it looks similiar to my garden. But our daffodils are not as far as yours. But isn't it great, that spring is here? I love it!
    Take care and have fun
    Alex

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    1. The daffodils popped yesterday Alex. I'm afraid with our record warm temperatures they won't last very long. I'll enjoy them while they last though. I'm happy to see spring, although it feels like more summer here with temperatures in the 70's and 80's (Fahrenheit.) I hope it doesn't mean another very hot, dry summer!

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  5. Your blooms are gorgeous! We need much more sun in my gardens before color comes.

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    1. We're enjoying them Carolyn! Here's hoping more sun comes to your garden soon.

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  6. I'm seeing so many hellebores and daffs. I must join the club...

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    1. I was seduced by hellebore photos on garden blogs Greggo! As for the daffodils, I love that they're not bothered at all by critters here. Can't say that for tulips or some other bulbs.

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  7. How nice to be able to divide hellebores! I'm hoping mine multiply one day so that I can divide them, too, though I probably won't be as generous as you with my divisions:)

    The weatherman explained the other night why we had such a mild winter and why we're having such an early spring--something to do with the jetstream hovering over Canada. I didn't really understand it all, but I'm enjoying this beautiful weather and all the early blooms, anyway!

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    1. It was getting a bit too big for its allotted space, Rose. Next time it needs dividing I'll probably have more space for the pieces since I've got a new garden area in back (unless it's all filled in by then!)

      We're enjoying the weather alot, but also find it a bit worrisome wondering if it's related to climate change and wondering what kind of summer we might be in for.

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  8. I have a hellebore that bloom for the first time since I bought it years ago. My daffodils are pretty much done, as are my crocus, but today I noticed that the tulips are starting to open. They usually don't start to open until Mother's Day. :/

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    1. Some of our daffodils didn't last long this year, no thanks to the unseasonably hot weather! The butterfly daffodils though, seemed to tolerate the heat a lot better.

      You're lucky you can grow tulips MBT! Here, the rabbits eat the ones that survive the squirrels, so I've given up on them for now.

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  9. Happy, Happy, Easter gardening friend.
    Balisha

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    1. Aw, thank you Balisha! Happy Easter to you, friend! <3

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