Goodness, it has been awhile since I’ve participated in Backyard Bloggers’ Bloom Day. However I have not had a lot to indicate off the previous few months. There have been no compelled bulbs indoors to brighten up a winter’s day–I by no means did discover these amaryllis bulbs I saved away final fall; they are going to most likely flip up in July:) And I actually did not assume anybody would need to see the straggly crops I potted as much as over-winter after which promptly uncared for. So I opted out of the previous few Bloom Days, ready for the primary spring blooms to seem in order that I had one thing worthwhile to share.
It has been such a bizarre winter weather-wise. We have not had sufficient snow all season to do rather more than cowl the bottom for just a few days earlier than it melted, and I do not assume the temperatures ever dropped under zero, each very uncommon for Illinois. February was the warmest February on report for our space, and I absolutely anticipated to have an early spring. We spent final week visiting the 2 youngest grandchildren in Texas, the place the temps have been within the 70’s practically each day, so I used to be anticipating to return dwelling to see a backyard filled with daffodils. As a substitute, I discovered this:
Poor little Scilla and daffodils shivering within the snow. As soon as once more, winter has returned, although not with the vengeance that has struck the Northeast–again, simply sufficient snow to cowl the bottom.
I actually had excessive hopes for an early spring, after the early look of some blooms in February:
On February 18 the primary snowdrops appeared. They all the time come as such a shock to me–I had been on the lookout for indicators of them for days with no luck, after which as if by magic, they appeared in full bloom on this February morning.
That final week in February was so heat that I spent a while cleansing up within the garden–what a deal with to lastly be capable of work exterior! I used to be able to name it a day after just a few hours, however I made a decision to test the shade backyard the place I discovered these fats Hellebore buds. I promptly placed on the gardening gloves as soon as once more and started snipping away all of the outdated foliage so they may get the eye they deserve. They’re most likely blooming by now, however sadly, they’re coated in snow, so I can not inform.
However again to today–instead of all of the spring blooms I believed I might need by now, every part is in a holding sample. Extra crocuses have opened up previously week or two, however for now they’re huddled up ready for the solar and hotter temps.
The large outdated lilac has budded up–the solely plant I am involved about now. I am afraid these early buds could also be doomed after this newest chilly spell.
However apart from the lilac, I am not too frightened. Daffodils and tulips are up all over, ready for the appropriate time to bloom. Spring will arrive each time it’s good and prepared.