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Anticipation: GBBD, February 2022

February 17, 2022

February crocus shootsFor this Maine gardener, mid-February is a time of anticipation. We are now more than halfway from the winter solstice to the spring equinox, and days are getting noticeably longer. With the sun higher in the sky, wintry weather is alternating with days of sunny warmth and melting. Outside recently on one of those days with a hint of spring in the air, I was amazed to see crocus shoots pushing up through the melting snow and ice along the foundation at the south corner of my house – a promise of blooms to come.

Meanwhile, with outside flowers still weeks away, I am anticipating the more immediate blooms of potted bulbs in my plant window.

This amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulb, ‘Dancing Queen,’ a Christmas gift from a friend, has begun to unfold its flower bud and should bloom within the next week. Dancing Queen unfolding
Charisma bud 2022 ‘Charisma,’ which I have been enjoying in winter for more than a decade, should follow not far behind.
This pot of daffodil bulbs, sent by the same friend who gifted me with ‘Dancing Queen,’ is an unexpected treat. The daffodil shoots have been growing fast and are now sporting flower buds. potted daffodil shoots

And my faithful Cyclamen persica plants continue to greet me each day with their colorful flowers.

February cyclamen2 February cyclamen1

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is a garden party hosted each month by Carol Michel at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her website for links to February blooms in many gardens.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Carol permalink
    February 17, 2022 10:41 pm

    Hubby and I planted several foundation bushes, small trees, and some perennials last Summer. We’re eager to see how they’ve fared over the Winter.

    • February 20, 2022 5:49 pm

      Carol, I love the excitement of seeing plants emerge from under the melting snow.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    February 18, 2022 12:18 am

    Loved seeing my gifts on the verge of blooming!

    • February 20, 2022 5:50 pm

      Jan, I’ll send you some photos when they actually bloom. ‘Dancing Queen’ will probably begin opening its flowers tomorrow.

  3. Pat Leuchtman permalink
    February 18, 2022 10:20 am

    Jean – I commend you! Flowers in bloom – just beautiful. My amaryllis did bloom and then I watched it curl up. It made me think about the change in season.

    • February 20, 2022 5:52 pm

      Pat, Thank goodness for the cyclamen, which bloom about nine months of the year, including through the winter.

  4. February 18, 2022 8:04 pm

    I’m impressed that ‘Charisma’ has delivered repeat performances over such a long period in a pot! I’m currently eagerly watching a new-to-me Hippeastrum ‘ Ambiance’ as it oh-so-slowly moves toward bloom. It’s been so slow, I’d all but written the bulb off as a dud.

    • February 20, 2022 5:55 pm

      Kris, ‘Charisma’ has been a stalwart. I do fertilize it weekly after bloom, and I gave all the amaryllis bulbs new potting soil last year. All of mine are slow to develop; they like to grow in warmer conditions than my house provides in winter.

  5. February 28, 2022 8:03 am

    Hello Jean, your cyclamen look beautiful, we have to go outside for ours. I look forward to your Amaryllis opening in the next few weeks too. Your indoor pictures always look so bright and vivid – I’m wondering if it’s because o all the light reflecting off the snow. We just have a uniform miserable overcast grey here. You can’t even tell where the sun is.

    • February 28, 2022 7:45 pm

      Sunil, Maine is a surprisingly sunny place; I’ve read that we actually get more sunshine in a year than Florida (which is known as “the sunshine state”). Although days are short in the winter (although not as short as yours), they are often bright and sunny — and, yes, our generally reliable snow cover reflects a lot of light. We are more likely to get day after day of grey drizzle in the spring.

  6. March 8, 2022 9:36 am

    Thanks. I needed this.

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