March 15, 2013

March Bloomsday in VW Garden



I'm not usually organized enough to participate in Carol's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, but I pulled it together this month.  Several hellebores are blooming right now in the garden, including 'Golden Lotus' above and below.  The key to early hellebore blooms is to plant them under deciduous trees where they get shade in the summer and sun in the winter.  My hellebores that are shaded by the house year round aren't blooming yet.



After several years of looking for hellebore seedlings, I finally found some in my garden.  I started pulling up little 'weeds' and noticed they had leathery leaves . . . just like hellebores . . . aha!  I tucked the babies back into the soil and look forward to seeing what their flowers look like in a few years, as hellebore seedlings often look different than their parents. 



We've been enjoying unusually warm weather for the past couple of weeks.  We hit 60 degrees a few times this week when highs are usually in the 40's.  Hopefully new growth on my plants won't progress too far and then be damaged by very cold temperatures. 



The bees have been enjoying the warm weather and visiting all the crocus in my front yard.  Crocus tommasinianus 'Barr's Purple' are shown above.  The clumps are increasing steadily from past years, and I added a few hundred more crocus bulbs last fall. 



These 'Golden Bunch' crocus are the first to bloom each year, and this clump has been in bloom for over a month.  I just had to take a break from writing to pull my one year old son away from another clump of 'Golden Bunch', where he was happily pulling all the flowers off and putting them into a pile.  Sigh.  I'm glad he's able to enjoy the warmer weather outside, even if it means a little damage to the garden.

9 comments:

  1. Well you sure posted with some lovely shots for this month.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  2. Your Golden Lotus is exquisite! Wonderful to see crocus in bloom as well! Larry

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  3. Kids, eh!! Lovely Crocus but it's the Hellebore that has really impressed. I must see if that's available and suitable for growing over here. So thank you for adding my my ever increasing list :)

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  4. Such lovely photographs! It looks like you've been enjoying some wonderful spring weather. I admire your patience with starting your hellebores from seed. Cheers, Jenni

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  5. Not warm enough for bees here, yet. And all I could find was a tiny bloom in our gardens. Spring is coming slowy here. Love your Hellebore... it is gorgeous!

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  6. I have never seen a hellebores, I have to say that is is one of the prettiest flowers I have ever seen. I love, love love the delicate colors and I want to make a quilt using those very colors. Beautiful...hocus pocus irst (pronounced "earst") comes crocus. I always say that when I see a crocus. That is what my German companion used to say when we were in the mission field!

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  7. I loved getting to see your crocuses and hellebores while I'm waiting for mine to show up and declare that spring has begun. -Jean

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  8. You have the most gorgeous hellebores! It is always exciting to grow seedlings, and I hope yours will please you. Lovely crocus blooms (they don't like it here...)

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  9. Your hellebores are beautiful! Mine are seedlings given to me by a friend and have yet to bloom. I'm hoping they'll be big enough by next winter.

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