This past weekend we had a thaw, temps above freezing and enough rain to wash the several inches of snow that had been on the ground. Since then we’ve gotten more snow, but that thaw is how I know that the two hellebores that I reported blooming for November’s GBBD are still blooming.Snow is the cold climate gardener’s friend. It got down to 0F earlier last week, and I’m sure the snow cover contributed to the plants looking so well during the thaw. Look at all the buds on the hellebore from Seneca Hill Perennials, which was merely called ‘Thanksgiving Bloomer.’ It’s only a first year plant for me, so I can just imagine how it will look in a couple of years. But I wonder if those other buds will open under the snow, or will they patiently wait until mud season in March? Or will they just get worn down by successive thaws, freezes, and other winter atrocities? I can’t imagine them looking like much after an open winter. Many of the heucheras hold up well all winter long, only to be snuffed out by mud season. I’m not sure if it’s the poor drainage caused by semi-frozen soil, or the alternate freezing and thawing that occurs during that time of year. But I received ‘Dolce Blackcurrant’ as a trial plant back in Fall 2007, and it just keeps getting bigger and better. I really love it.
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.