When a cold climate gardener gets a string of spring-like days in February, he or she gets a feeling of foreboding. We’re going to pay for this, somehow. So I was not surprised when the snowstorm of the century decided to arrive mid-March. Consequently, any flowers that were blooming in late February or early March are now buried. But you know what? Flowers actually blooming outdoors this time of year are so special that I am going to show you what you missed. If you don’t know any of these plants, you really should make their acquaintance, because the very first bloom of the year is a powerful mood enhancer and cabin fever alleviation.
Yes, a spring-blooming colchicum. Yes, it bloomed before any of my snowdrops. I concede that it was in my warmest microclimate–but so were some snowdrops, and they weren’t as quick. I planted it last fall with my fingers crossed, because Odyssey Bulbs described it as hardy to USDA Zone 6. The average annual extreme minimum temperature for Zone 6 is -10°F to 0°F (-23.3°C to -17.8°C), so despite my thinking I have a Zone 5 garden, this winter has been a Zone 6 winter. Meaning, my gamble paid off this year.
Of course, I plant them where the snow melts first. They emerge from the ground sooner than the winter aconites, but those yellow flowers are quicker to bloom by a hair.
All of that is buried under snow now
I am writing this Tuesday evening and the last measurement we took before dark showed 33 inches (~84cm) and the snow is still falling. Snow up to my waist! Currently blooming in the house:
Snow in March melts faster than snow in January, I tell myself. This is actually not as bad as those sub-zero temps with a mere dusting of snow, I tell myself.
P.S.–The snowstorm known as Stella is not actually a blizzard here. The National Weather Service defines a blizzard as “a storm which contains large amounts of snow OR blowing snow, with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibilities of less than 1/4 mile for an extended period of time (at least 3 hours).” And it’s not that windy here. Yet.
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens. Check it out at May Dreams Gardens.
from Cold Climate Gardening http://ift.tt/2msMe95