A Surprise on Bloom Day

  • Post published:04/15/2012
  • Post comments:8 Comments

Bloom Day and I have the most respectable forsythia ever. Which isn’t saying too much. A little rain would probably have helped. We haven’t had any real precipitation since two inches of snow on March 8.

Van Sion daffs

The Van Sions, an old early blooming  variety were here when we moved in, have been blooming for a couple of weeks.


Now other daffodils are just starting to bloom as well. Lots more to come. Rain would help.

Glory of the Snow - Chionodoxa

I have little bulbs, Glory of the Snow, scillas, and grape hyaciths in the grass at the end of the  Rose Walk. The grape hyacinths are not blooming yet.

Dandelion and ground ivy

Not all the bloomers are quite as welcome as welcome as the daffs. You can’t really see the blue ground ivy blooms. The dandelions began blooming three days ago.

The surprise came when I went to water a pot of annuals and prostrate rosemary that had spent the winter in our unheated, but very sunny, Great Room. Amazingly the prostrate rosemary survived with occasional watering and temperatures that did dip to 32 degrees. This morning I noticed that last year’s lobelia revived and is blooming again.

To see what else is blooming around the country visit May Dreams Gardens. Thank you, Carol, for hosting this great meme.

Orchid cactus

Another surprise. I went into the guest room, where this orchid cactus lives. I pay no attention to it. It is such a big plant I don’t really have a good place for it,. It is rarely watered and I am amazed it is still alive. And yet – every once in a while it bursts forth. One huge blossom and twelve more buds still to open.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Rose

    It’s interesting to see that you’re about a month behind us, Pat–most of my daffs are done, and even most of the tulips are in their last days. I’ve found some surprises in pots that survived the mild winter, too, including rosemary which stayed outside all winter! We had some nice rainshowers yesterday, so I hope they’re moving your way now.

  2. Pat

    Rose – That rosemary has been surprising. And please do send some rain.

  3. Lea

    Enjoyed your blooms, especially the lovely daffodils!
    Thanks for your visit and comment on my blog!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!
    Lea’s Menagerie

  4. Rosie@leavesnbloom

    At least you have the colour from the forsythia and daffodils to cheer you up until the weather warms alittle more and that some rain falls soon.

  5. Town Mouse

    Ah, yes, rosemary. In my experience, it survives just about everything – but I forgive that because it offers blooms for the bees all seasons of the year. Happy bloom day!

  6. Jason

    You’re one of the few folks I know who gardens in a colder climate than mine (I’m in Chicago). This may not reflect well on me, but I find some small gratification in your yearning for warmer weather. Please don’t take it personally, it’s just that I know all these smirking gardeners in California.

    One of them visited me about a month ago and said, “I heard you were into gardening, so how come everything in your yard looks dead?”

    Also – ground ivy? Is that the same as creeping charlie? I struggle with the same pest, but am resigned to having it with me forever.

  7. NatureFootstep

    surprise, yes. I had no idea that there were such a thing as an orchid cactus. It is a beauty. 🙂

  8. Yael

    I love your orchid cactus and the double daffodils. Mine are almost spent, but the tulips are going strong.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

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