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Snowmelt and Crocuses: GBBD, April 2018

April 15, 2018

crocus blooming in snowSlowly but inexorably, spring is arriving in my Maine garden. It has been a hesitant, halting, two-steps-forward-and-one-step-back sort of spring. On Friday, the sun shone and the temperature rose to 60F, a great day for spring clean-up in the garden. Today brought snow and freezing rain – a great day for staying inside.

But the cold, snowy days are less cold and less snowy than they were a month ago, and in the strong spring sun, more snow disappears each day. Most parts of my garden have now emerged from under the snow.

April snowmelt

By the last week in March crocus ‘Pickwick’ had begun to bloom by the foundation. foundation pickwick
snowmelt and crocuses In the weeks since, as the snowpack has thinned on the slope by the driveway, bunches of crocus have pushed up through the snow and ice
… and bloomed. snowmelt and crocus blooms

Crocus Blooms_1

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the fifteenth of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see blooms from gardens near and far, including those in which spring is considerably more advanced than it is in Maine.

crocus pickwick

18 Comments leave one →
  1. April 15, 2018 9:46 pm

    Oh those lovely crocus are so beautiful, have seen them only once in my lifetime, in the mountains of Turkey. They have what is called Snowdrops Festival at the time that the snow melts, and there is a program before the people especially tourists visit the site where the snowdrops grow. Together with the snowdrops are crocuses. Then there is free lunch and some traditional food processing like yogurt making.

    While you have very long cold weeks, we have very hot weeks!

    • April 24, 2018 10:12 pm

      Andrea, I sometimes lust after those gorgeous tropical plants that you grow, but crocus flowers in spring are a lovely compensation for our long winters. I confess that I’ve never been drawn to snowdrops; after 4-5 months of snow cover, I want vibrant colors, not more white.

  2. janesmudgeegarden permalink
    April 15, 2018 11:00 pm

    The crocuses are so pretty and I especially like the last photo. I haven’t had a lot of luck with crocuses and think perhaps our spring might be too hot for them.

    • April 24, 2018 10:14 pm

      Jane, This is my first experience with planting hundreds of crocus bulbs, and people warned me that they might not come back. I’m delighted to see that they not only all made it through to bloom a second year, but that the clumps have grown and the number of flowers multiplied.

  3. April 16, 2018 12:05 am

    Greedy gardener that I am, I wish I could grow crocuses too. Happy GBBD, Jean! I’m glad you’re seeing signs of winter’s end at last.

    • April 24, 2018 10:16 pm

      Kris, We had such abnormally cool weather through the first half of April, that it was hard to maintain faith that spring was actually going to get here. Those crocus flowers blooming through the snow helped me to hang on. The warmer weather has now arrived (sixties yesterday and today) and the remaining snow is melting fast.

  4. April 16, 2018 3:26 am

    Beautiful crocus!
    Have a great week!

    • April 24, 2018 10:17 pm

      Thanks, Lea. Spring weather has finally arrived here, and we are enjoying it all the more for the long wait.

  5. April 16, 2018 7:47 pm

    Crocuses are fabulous flowers and yours look so good, even in the snow!

    • April 24, 2018 10:18 pm

      Betty, They look especially good in the snow! Such a treat for color-starved eyes.

  6. April 17, 2018 9:40 am

    I love crocus. Every year I check the yard daily hoping to find the first bloom. I have planted many of them beside the sidewalk so I don’t need to step into the muddy yard to hunt. The first ones are the best because they are proof spring will someday return.

    • April 24, 2018 10:21 pm

      Jeannie, In the past, I had planted crocuses in distant flower beds that I couldn’t get to through the snow. I finally got smart and planted all of these by the entrances to the house or the driveway. The ones growing by the south corner of the foundation are always the first to bloom (in late March!) and keep me going for the next month while I wait for spring.

  7. April 22, 2018 11:49 am

    Lovely! Your rabbits must be more courteous than ours, Impressed that they have left your Crocuses alone.

    • April 24, 2018 10:23 pm

      Jason, Hard for a mid-westerner to fathom, but rabbits are not a problem here. Maine is beyond the range of the eastern cottontail that plagues you, and its close cousin, the New England cottontail, has actually been proposed for the endangered species list. The greater danger here is that the bulbs will be eaten by rodents during the winter.

  8. April 25, 2018 4:27 am

    It must be wonderful to see the crocuses emerging from the retreating snow. It wont be long before the rest of the garden follows.

    • May 1, 2018 10:26 pm

      Sunil, The last of the snow melted two days ago, and we are expecting our first seriously hot day tomorrow. Plants are going to start shooting up fast as we start to, as you once described it, “garden in the fast lane.”

  9. May 1, 2018 5:14 pm

    I hope spring has finally arrived and is warm and sticking around. Here we finally warmed this week (it snowed this weekend) and you can feel the growth jumping forward quickly!

    • May 1, 2018 10:28 pm

      Donna, We have gotten rain rather than snow this past week. Tomorrow is expected to go up into the eighties(!), with a week of above average temperatures to follow. Spring has arrived!

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