Waiting for Spring: GBBD, March 2017
In many parts of the United States, March is a spring month. In Maine, although we may enjoy occasional spring-like days, March is still winter and a time of not-so-patiently waiting for spring.
This week’s blizzard provided a sharp reminder that March is a winter month and forced us all to put dreams of an early spring on hold. The mountain of shoveled snow by my front porch, which under a regime of warmer than average temperatures and the strong March sun, had dwindled from this in mid-February
|to this in early March,|
|got a new lease on life with almost two feet of new snow.|
When my potted amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulbs finished blooming at the end of February, I found myself bereft of flowers for March. Outdoor blooms are still weeks away, and my normally faithful potted cyclamen have gone on strike. In the first week of March, I stopped by a local nursery looking for an indoor flower fix. I brought home some potted hyacinth bulbs whose heady fragrance has been gracing my life for the past two weeks. I was also smitten by a large, intensely purple, potted Pericallis and brought it home, too. (The photo below does not do justice to the color of the flowers.) The hyacinths are almost finished and will be planted in the garden after the snow melts. I’m counting on the Pericallis to get me through until spring arrives in Maine next month.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see what is blooming in gardens where spring has already arrived.