The weather has been full of ups and downs. We will hit 80 degrees (26C) soon. And yet, we are still below freezing most nights. A lot of difference between last year's mild weather. In fact, last year I had a rose blooming in February!
This year's weather has been more "normal" (as "normal" as weather gets, I suppose), while last year's was unusually warm. The plants in my garden are blooming about one month later this year than last.
So, what did I have blooming for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day?
Well, all of the blooms from last month are still sweetly blooming. The cool nights have helped the soil warm up slowly. Spring snowflake, pansy, hellebores, cyclamen, camellia, daffodils, irises, phlox, muscari, rosemary, loropetalum, violets, scabiosa, and candytuft are all still blooming in my garden. In fact, I was beginning to think there wouldn't be any new blooms to show this month.
That is, until I looked up. The crabapples are just beginning to put on their spring show!
I just love these trees! And the bees do, too! It seems are if they are all lined up to purchase a ticket to see the new blooms.
But I think the bees are missing the best show in my garden. The ferns have decided to emerge for Foliage Follow Up.
To me, ferns are nature's epitome of extravagance. So many stems, each with so many leaves. Each perfectly formed, each unfurling with exquisite timing and impeccable grace. The ants get to see this beautiful trapeze act unfold.
They also get the added bonus of seeing some super hairy legs on those ferns!
So, they're not only the trapeze act, they're also the clowns. Who would have ever thought that ferns were an entire circus rolled into one!
I can't wait to see what other performances will soon be showing up in my garden!