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Finally Spring: GBBD, April 2019

April 18, 2019

March crocus PickwickI’m even later than I normally am for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Blooms are sparse in my mid-April garden, but spring has finally arrived. In Maine, it is usually April that comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. As fellow Mainer Gary commented on an earlier blog post, April in Maine is “like a battle of two seasons.” In the first half of April, it can seem as though winter is winning that battle, and I can begin to wonder if spring will ever come. By the second half of April, though, spring is ascendant.

This year, the first ten days of April brought a series of small snow storms that re-covered any garden areas that were free of snow. This is what it looked like on April 10.

april 10 snow

Less than a week later, however, temperatures had gotten up into the sixties for the first time in more than six months, and the snow was melting fast.

melting snow 2019

fading foundation crocusIndeed, the early-blooming clumps of Crocus vernus ‘Pickwick’ by the south foundation of my house (photographed at the top of this post when they were at their peak) are already fading. Happily, though, many more crocuses are yet to bloom.

crocus budscrocuses emerging

spring cleanup back gardenIn the back garden, I have begun spring clean-up, revealing hyacinth buds about to open and new foliage of Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis).

hyacinth buds 2019 new alchemilla foliage

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see what’s happening in gardens where spring has truly sprung.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2019 5:08 pm

    Purple veined petals are so pretty (earlier on FB I was admiring a new to me flower with delicate blue veins)

    • April 23, 2019 10:19 am

      Diana, I too love the way that the veins in flower petals add an extra dimension to their beauty. I’m particularly smitten with the veins in many species of Geranium flowers.

  2. April 18, 2019 9:55 pm

    What a rapid turn-around, Jean! I hope Spring’s current hold remains firm from here on out. Lovely crocus.

    • April 23, 2019 10:33 am

      That’s spring in Maine, Kris. It is our most fleeting season; sometimes it seems that if you blink you might miss it. In the five days since I posted this, the last of the snow has disappeared from my garden, I have hundreds of crocuses beginning to bloom on the slope by my driveway, the maple trees have flowered, buds have begun to open on the lilacs, and I can see new green growth on the little cherry tree outside my study window.

  3. April 19, 2019 4:44 am

    Wow ! Hope you have endless blooms in upcoming days .

    • April 23, 2019 10:35 am

      Arun, I am eagerly anticipating the crescendo of blooms in the coming months.

  4. April 19, 2019 4:41 pm

    Beautiful crocus blooms!
    Happy Easter!

    • April 23, 2019 10:36 am

      Thanks, Lea. I am now enjoying new crocus blooms every day. (And the native mining bees that have just emerged from their winter hibernation are enjoying them, too.)

  5. April 21, 2019 5:15 pm

    That’s SPRING?! Now, I gotta see summer in a few months. . . . . Do you know what summer is?

    • April 23, 2019 10:45 am

      LOL, Tony, I can imagine how unimpressive all that brown looks to you. But after five months of snow cover, all that bare ground is thrilling to me. And my daily walks through the garden reveal more new growth each day as plants emerge from winter dormancy. There are many other signs of spring: The comedian Jeff Foxworthy described the four seasons in this part of the country as “almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction,” and anyone trying to get from point A to point B on local roads at this time of year can tell you that we’ve turned the corner from still winter to road construction. We’re also having lots of April showers and (minor) spring flooding of local rivers fed by both those April rains and snow melt. Wait until you see all the spring flowers I have in bloom in May, followed by the explosion of early summer blooms in June, high summer blooms in July and late summer blooms in August!

      • April 25, 2019 9:50 am

        People who migrate here, and particular Southern California, describe our seasons as summer, with a few hours of not-summer. We really do have seasons, and in some regions, they are like anywhere else. We just lack the long cold winters. However, Truckee, even in its relatively short winters, gets some of the deepest snowfall in America.

  6. April 22, 2019 3:28 am

    Hello Jean, it feels like were months ahead of you right now, the little snow we had is a distant memory and this Easter weekend, we were basking in 25+ degC heat, the patio baked and I made a little more progress on the garden. I love your crocuses and I’m sure the trees and plants around you will be greening up very quickly.

    • April 23, 2019 10:57 am

      Sunil, You are months ahead of me right now. But, as you know, once spring finally arrives here, things happen fast! I’ve resumed my morning walks around the garden, and every day there is more to see. This morning, I counted about 50 clumps of crocuses either blooming or about to bloom.

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