Bulbs are peeking–March 2013 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Compared with the early, early spring of 2012, the days leading up to spring of 2013 are unfolding in a more normal fashion in my Connecticut gardens. Last March for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day I had small masses of newly planted crocus (Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’)

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and my earliest narcissi, Tete-a-Tete’s, in bloom.

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For this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, kindly hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens, I have just a couple of small crocus blossoms to show and the Tete-a Tete’s are still buried under a mound of snow left from the February blizzard and the 17-inch snowfall we had last week.

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But other crocus are poking through winter-weary leaf cover, promising more color to come.

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It looks like the first day of spring will be a cold one in Connecticut. These bulbs poking out of the ground in south-facing gardens are a reminder that warm spring sunshine is not too far off.

Now, if you head over to May Dreams Gardens you will find out what is blooming in gardens elsewhere. Have fun!

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6 comments for “Bulbs are peeking–March 2013 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

  1. March 15, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds spring slower to arrive this year. But if I’m honest with myself, I have to concede this year is fairly typical and last year was the anomaly. One year of a milder winter and an earlier spring, and I’m already spoiled!

    • March 16, 2013 at 6:45 am

      Kathy, While everything bloomed early last year because of the warm temps, early is not always better. Last year was disconcerting… clean-up and winter pruning tasks seemed rushed as all had to be done before the plants took over. This more typical spring emergence is more to my liking … a bit slower with time to take on each task as we’ve come to expect.

  2. Sue
    March 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Crocus through the lamb’s ears-what I great idea. Although you wouldn’t know it by the last few days (brrrr), spring is coming!

    • March 16, 2013 at 6:46 am

      Sue, the crocus help take focus away from the rather unattractive winter-weary lamb’s ear foliage and the gray leaves make the crocus stand out. Glad you like the idea.

  3. March 15, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Joene, It’s exciting to see your crocus blooms. I’m in Maine for “spring break,” but your blooms give me hope that I might find “Ruby Giant” blooming in my Gettysburg garden when I get back there in a few days.

    • March 16, 2013 at 6:48 am

      Jean, you have such a unique experience … traveling between PA and Maine. You get to see the seasons change in multiple zones and can really appreciate the beauty of each step.

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