As soon as the snow melts, before anything even blooms, there is color.If you are aware that some plants can grow underneath the snow, this is not a complete surprise, though I always marvel when it is an attractive garden plant that pulls this trick, and not just the tap-rooted and creeping weeds. The first flowers are not far behind, however. My first blooms of 2009 opened on March 7th. When I learned that Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’ bloomed earlier than the G. nivalis snowdrops along the Secret Garden path, I divided them last spring and put some by the kitchen door. From a single bulb purchased in 2004, I had enough to divide and plant in two new locations. That’s a nice return on investment. (A few Secret Garden snowdrops are blooming, too, which means they are a bit earlier than last year.) And today, just in time for Bloom Day, my first crocus opened:
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.