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BONNIE'S GARDEN--Early Spring Blooms

Where did summer go?  It seems I just blinked and it’s fall already.  I spent the weekend pulling my houseplants back inside Have you ever noticed how the plants you summered over outdoors increase in size exponentially to how much space you DON’T have inside?  I had to rake leaves for the first time since last fall—and it made me think about a long cold winter ahead.

I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for spring by February, I could scream.  I can’t do anything about Mother Nature, but I can plant some really early spring blooming bulbs to remind me that spring is on the way.

Some of my favorite really early blooming bulbs are the specie crocus, also known as Snow Crocus.  These little guys come in white, yellow and shades of blue to purple and usually bloom in February, though I’ve had them bloom as early as January before.  They will tolerate sun to part-shade and can be naturalized in lawns because they bloom long before the grass starts growing.  Regular crocus will bloom several weeks later than the specie crocus, so for longer color, you can tuck some of them in to pick up where the species leave off.

Another great bulb to naturalize in lawns is the Snowdrop.  The dainty nodding white flowers often bloom through early February snows.  They are daffodil relatives, which means they’re a great choice for people with pest problems, because they won’t be bothered.  And speaking of daffodils, there are a couple of really early blooming varieties—February Gold (sunny yellow, 8 to 10” tall), and Rijnveld’s Early Sensation (bright yellow, 12 to 14” tall).  Both of these usually bloom in February in my yard—even last year.

There’s a great little buttercup relative called Winter Aconite or Eranthis which has shiny buttercup-like flowers in early spring, set off by pretty lacy foliage.   Soak the little tubers overnight before planting.

There are pretty miniature iris that will bloom about the same time as crocus—the reticulata iris are about six inches tall with showy purple, blue or yellow flowers.  I mixed them with regular crocus for a great contrast in texture.

Another of my favorite bulbs is Scilla Siberica or Siberian Squill.  It’s a bright blue, about 6” tall and is perfect mixed with bright yellow February Gold daffodils.

However busy I get in the fall, I always remember to tuck in a few more early spring bloomers.  I know how tired I get of gray winter days and how much they’ll cheer me up when I see them.
Posted: 10/19/2015 by Bonnie Pega | with 0 comment(s)
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