Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day March

It’s been Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day again, so it’s high time for me to come up with my post.
The weather having been unusually mild so far, spring has taken hold of the garden. Compared to other years, plants and flowers are about one month ahead. When I look down into the village where they are not so exposed to the cold winds as we on our hill, they are even two more weeks ahead from us, with tulips and daffodils being in full bloom.
helleborus08.jpgThose of you who have already visited, must have noticed that I’m very fond of hellebores. One reason is that they still look very decorative after blooming. With other flowers blossoms fade, making them look sad and forlorn, but look at what has happened to this helleborus niger: blushing all over the place! Later on the dark green foliage will cover everything up, and thus make a great background for the rose growing in front of it.
The crocuses are almost gone now. I’ve cheated a little: these pictures were taken a week ago, but I simply had to take them in because at the weekend there was not enough sun for the petals to open. These light blue ones are my favourite. My dream is having them spread all over the garden one day. However, they are difficult to find in garden centers because most people seem to prefer the bigger varieties. So I’ll have to propagate them myself. If there is something you learn when you have a garden, it’s patience ….
Most of my daffodils are still trying to grow fast enough to get past the slugs (I have mentioned them already this year, haven’t I?), only the little tete-a-tetes are blooming so far, presenting little bushels of yellow under trees and shrubs. For some reason they only grow half the height from those potted ones you can buy everywhere right now. Maybe it’s because the bulbs are deeper in the earth than they are in a pot — so it’s probably just an optical illusion.leberblumchen08.jpgFinally some more blue, my favourite colour. The hepaticum still looks somewhat forlorn under the gooseberry shrub, but I’m looking forward to it spreading out in the next years. The violets are doing their best right now, pushing up innumerable blossoms, and thus creating the image of little soft cushions. They are ordinary, but very pretty, wild flowers, that you can see everywhere in the woods right now. I’ve got two more varieties in my garden, however, they bloom later in the year. One with dark leaves and light blue blossoms and the other one with white blossoms.



4 Responses to “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day March”

  1. March 17, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Thanks for posting again for bloom day. That hellebore is loaded with blooms, I can see why you like it!

  2. March 20, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Wow, those Hellebores got pink! I don’t think my H. niger every got that dark. They are beautiful. The blue Hepatica is also stunning, and I enjoyed your Crocus photos. My Crocus are just starting to bloom.

  3. 3 Don
    March 22, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Fantastic Hellebore picture; right out of a gardening magazine. In our harsh 5a winters the foliage always come through looking so ratty that I never know whether to cut it all off and have “bare’ flowers, or just trim off the worst and have ratty foliage with the lovely flowers.

  4. 4 Corinna Schwartz
    March 23, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Don, I always cut off the foliage when the blossoms appear. Even if the leaves still look good (which they do on this one as they are of a very tough, leathery quality), the blossoms look much more impressive without them. Also, cutting off the old leaves is supposed to prevent the plants from being infected by some sort of fungus.

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