Spring is emerging at a slower rate in 2013 compared with 2012 in Connecticut. As much as the sun tries to warm the ground and the bodies of busy gardeners, chilly temperatures continue to hold on through this mid-April Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, the day Carol, at May Dreams Gardens, hosts a 'What's blooming?' garden party for bloggers all over the world.
On this date last year lilac blossoms were just a few days from opening and the blooms of many narcissi and all crocus had already gone by. This year the last of the crocus bloomed yesterday,
and the earliest of my narcissi, the Tete-a Tete's, are still in bloom while later narcissi have just begun to open. Adjacent thyme, lamb's ear, santolina, and Siberian iris are beginning their spring growth but have yet to overtake the mulch blanketing the ground. Wonder why the old garden forks? They keep local deer from nibbling the foliage of the Tete-a-Tete's, something they have done in passed springs.
Perennials slowly grow taller and send out young leaves in spite of the cool temperatures,
but much of the color must be appreciated up close.
Though blueberry flowers are beginning to open and the new leaves of native American beech are shoving aside the dry remains of last year's leaves, the most striking color in my gardens comes from the inside clivia bloom.
These rich colors remind that warm weather is bound to arrive soon … isn't it?
Head over to May Dreams Gardens to feast your eyes on blooms from elsewhere.