Late and Early Blooms: GBBD, February 2013
We are now more than halfway along the path from the winter solstice to the spring equinox, and in southern Pennsylvania the days are getting noticeably longer and warmer. It’s still winter, but the cold spells are shorter, the cold temperatures are not as cold, and signs of spring are in the air. My walks to work feature the sound of birds singing in the trees and the sight of swelling buds on lilacs, magnolias and dogwoods.
|In my Gettysburg garden, I can see rosettes of new growth on sedum, daffodil foliage has popped up here and there, and hyacinths are just beginning to push up out of the ground.|
It’s too soon for flowers in the garden, though, so I must still turn indoors for blooms. My faithful cyclamen were completely unfazed by being bundled into the car on a frigid Maine morning and driven 600 miles to Gettysburg; they continue to bloom, just on different window ledges.
|These greet me when I wake each morning.|
|And these are blooming beside my favorite reading chair.|
My favorite February blooms, however, are these branches of Forsythia that I cut and brought indoors during the last week in January and that are now providing a cheerful early promise of outdoor blooms to come.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to be cheered by flowers in bloom this month around the world.