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April brings a better view

What a difference a day makes. April brings a better view.

Yesterday, the last day of March, my crocus held their buds closed in response to the coating of snow/sleet.

Today they opened up to the sun.

 

Spring crocus in a Connecticut garden

Spring crocus in a Connecticut garden

If you have vole problems try these Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’. This is the third spring they have bloomed with no sign of vole damage. Voles have either consumed or moved all the non-tommasinianus crocus varieties I’ve planted.

 

Crocus in bloom in Connecticut April 1, 2014

Crocus in bloom in Connecticut April 1, 2014

Happy Spring!

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March 2014 – a problem child to its last day

We’ve come to expect the month of March to go out like a lamb, but March 2014 continues to be a  problem child right to its last day.

It dropped a surprize sleet/snow mix – perhaps as an early April Fools joke – over much of Connecticut today.

Such weather, after the calendar start of spring, brings moans and groans. I almost joined in with my own complaint, then I took a walk to see how the crocus held up to the unwelcome precipitation.

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The crocus didn’t seem to mind the snow.

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Whether with friends or alone, each stood in defiance of the frozen stuff that fell from the sky.

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It’s tough to moan and grown when such simple beauty in right under your nose … another lesson learned from the garden.

So long, March. You tried to hold spring back, but she’s budding out in spite of your chill.

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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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