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Waiting for Spring: GBBD, March 2018

March 17, 2018

snowy house MarchI am a couple of days late with my bloom day post because I was waiting for amaryllis ‘Charisma’ to open its first flower.

Warm weather at the end of February and the beginning of March almost made me believe that spring had arrived. The snow pack was melting rapidly, and I walked around the garden each day seeing signs of new growth (and also, sometimes, of deer browsing on that new growth). But two and a half feet of new snow during the second week of March brought me back to the reality that March is still winter in Maine.

So I must wait a few more weeks for spring. And while I do, I continue to rely on houseplants for bloom. The potted cyclamen have been blooming since I brought them home from a local farm market in December.

pink streaked cyclamen March pink cyclamen March

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) ‘Charisma’ has just begun to bloom and still has another flower stalk developing.  A second red amaryllis variety (possibly ‘Red Lion’) will open in the next few days. Together, these flowering bulbs may carry me through until I have outdoor blooms.


Charisma 2018 red amaryllus bud March

crocus coming upIf you know what to look for, there are promises that spring is coming. The ground has already thawed, and the March sun is strong enough to melt snow even when temperatures are below freezing. And there, pushing up behind the snow against the house foundation, is a crocus trying to bloom.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see blooms in gardens where spring has already arrived.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. janesmudgeegarden permalink
    March 17, 2018 9:30 pm

    Your indoor plants are just beautiful: that amaryllis charisma is to die for. I hope you post a picture of the red one when it comes out.

  2. March 17, 2018 11:22 pm

    I’m sorry you’ve had a snow relapse. At least you have pretty indoor blooms to tide you over until spring kicks old man winter out the door.

  3. March 18, 2018 4:32 am

    We also had a spell when Spring appeared to arrive, Crocus and Snowdrops blooming, Daffs ready to burst open. Today it is bitterly cold and snowing. Your indoor plants are very cheering.

  4. Anonymous permalink
    March 21, 2018 10:24 am

    What a startling color of Amaryllis that is ,its our spring time we grow Amaryllis outside in garden,but never being able to find that color.

  5. March 22, 2018 4:50 am

    Hello Jean, we’ve been having unusually late snowfalls but thankfully these are measured in centimetres rather than feet. It’s yet to reliably warm up here but I’m still thinking it’s spring and setting up the patio for the summer ahead. It will arrive, it’s inevitable and so it will be in Maine too.

  6. Pat Leuchtman permalink
    March 26, 2018 8:51 am

    Your photos are just beautiful. I wish our new house allowed for a bank of blooming houseplants. Or that my imagination would come up with a good idea for housing winter bloomers. We don’t have all that snow, just the last of winter drear, but we are ever hopeful.

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