Springing! GBBD, April 2017
It would be an exaggeration to say that spring has sprung in my Maine garden, but it is definitely springing. Most of the snow has melted; what’s left are patches of snow on the ground, piles of shoveled snow, and snow banks left by the plow. Even the huge pile of snow shoveled from the roof, which I dubbed “Snow Mountain” in February when it was up to the roofline, has dwindled to a small hillock.
In the garden, seven flower beds are now snow-free, while six still have snow remaining. (Of those six, two will probably be free of snow by the end of the day tomorrow.) In the blue and yellow border, the blue hyacinths have begun to open and the daffodils have buds.
The stars of my garden in this early spring period are the crocuses. Last fall, I planted several clumps of the showy Crocus vernus ‘Pickwick’ near the foundation at the south corner of my house, along the walkways to both the front and back doors. They rewarded me with early blooms. The first crocus opened on March 30 and was promptly eaten by some hungry critter. In the two weeks since, however, more have emerged and bloomed, a cheering sight whenever I enter or leave the house.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens, providing an opportunity for bloggers to share what’s happening in their gardens. Go to her blog to share your own blooms or to see what is happening in gardens from many different climates.