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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

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7 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!

  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.

  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.

  4. April 16, 2018 3:26 am

    Beautiful crocus!
    Have a great week!

  5. April 16, 2018 7:47 pm

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

  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.
    Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry

  7. April 22, 2018 11:49 am

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

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