February GBBD: Add to Your Spring Shopping List
It is time to walk around your garden again and assess what you need to add to make the end of winter an exciting time in your landscape. Do you need more early-blooming hellebores to give you a reason to go outside? Could your garden benefit from flowers that bloom in January and February like hardy cyclamen, snow crocus, or snowdrops to relieve the gray? Make a list and take photographs so that when you are shopping this spring you know what you need and where it should go. I know it’s icy outside, but you never know what you might find to end the winter doldrums like the hardy cyclamen (pictured above), which I discovered during my own chilly inventory.
If you need ideas, visit local arboretums and gardens. I always find a trip to Winterthur, an elegant and intimate public garden in Delaware, highly inspirational and informative. Starting March 1 when Winterthur opens for spring, the area of the gardens known as the March Bank erupts into bloom with tens of thousands of snowdrops, adonis, winter aconite, snow crocus, early scillas, glory-of-the-snow, spring snowflake, and early daffodils.
Today is Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for February when gardeners around the world show photos of what’s blooming in their gardens (follow the link to see photographs from other garden bloggers assembled by Carol at May Dreams Gardens). Here are a few more highlights from my mid-February stroll through Carolyn’s Shade Gardens:
Giant snowdrop, Galanthus elwesii, was the first flower through the snow in 2011 (see Are Snowdrops Thermogenic?) and was also blooming in December
With our near record-breaking snowfall accompanied by generous doses of ice (see The Joys and Sorrows of Snow), I wasn’t planning on participating in February’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. But when I grabbed my camera and walked around, there was much to be seen. In addition to the flowers, there was more than enough views of the destruction of the winter by nature and otherwise.
Please let me know in a comment/reply what flowers are blooming in your winter garden. If you participated in GBBD, please provide a link so my nursery customers can read your post.
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Nursery Happenings: I am currently accepting orders for snowdrops, including mail orders. For the catalogue and order information, click here. I am also taking reservations for Charles Cresson’s Snowdrops and Other Winter Interest Plants Seminar. For the brochure and registration information, click here.