March GBBD: The Philadelphia International Flower Show
It is time to walk around your garden again and assess what you need to add to make the beginning of spring 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 early March 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 still pretty cold outside, but you never know what you might find to end the winter doldrums like the beautiful double-flowered hellebore (pictured above), which I discovered during my own inventory. More photos of my blooming plants are included at the end.
If you need ideas, there is no better place to go in the mid-Atlantic this time of year than the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show. It is the largest indoor flower show in the world. This year’s theme was “Springtime in Paris”, and the designers went all out. I sent photos of some of the weirder stuff to Cheri at Along Life’s Highway The Yard Art Game, and you can see them by clicking here. But I found the following displays and entries inspirational for my own garden:
Today is Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for March 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 some more highlights from my mid-March stroll through Carolyn’s Shade Gardens:
I want to include hundreds of hellebore photos but am limiting myself to some really special plants:
Another even rarer species Helleborus viridis: inspired by Laura at PatioPatch, I am dedicating this flower to the people of Japan because green is the color for hope
Some of the thousands of common snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, which have multiplied on my property since the 1800s:
Some of my very special snowdrop cultivars:
Please let me know in a comment/reply what flowers are blooming in your early spring 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 have five spaces left for my March 19 Hellebore Seminar (March 18 is sold out). For the brochure and registration information, click here. My first open house sale is Saturday, March 26, from 10 am to 3 pm, featuring hellebores and other winter-blooming plants.