:::::::::: 4th Anniversary Edition ::::::::::
Can it be that we’ve been doing this for four full years now? Yes, it can, and this post begins the fifth year of the monthly internet tally of flowers in bloom – Carol’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, inspired by Elizabeth Lawrence.
Well, Elizabeth Lawrence gardened in North Carolina where it’s just a little bit warmer most winters than it is here. This winter is not “most winters”. It’s been consistently cold and mostly dry. But yesterday felt like spring, with sunny warm breezes (which turned into a gale later in the afternoon), and so I dutifully went out and looked for flowers, not really expecting to find them. Oh, I knew about these snowdrops (Galanthus elwesii), because I can see them from my patio door and because they’ve been blooming since January 19th.
The later snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, will be blooming soon, but not just yet. The crocuses are very tiny green sprouts, but they don’t take long to go from that stage to flowers. Usually, by this time of year there’s a scilla or two, but they’re sleeping late this year. I didn’t disturb the hellebores either, but I’m sure there are flower buds under the leaf litter. So that’s it for this GBBD, a few lonely white flowers and lots of buds.
Some previous February Bloom Days were more flowery:
And some not:
(note: internal links from those old posts won’t work and neither will the comments)