Tuesday, March 15, 2016

An Unusually Warm Bloom Day

The garden was awakening at a normal pace and schedule until a freakish heat wave arrived last week. Now it has kicked into overdrive. In the last few days all manner of new blooms have opened for business. Generally that is a good thing - weather depending.

Daffodil season has arrived in a quick burst.

Big yellow trumpet daffodils are the most numerous first bloomers.

The first of thousands of the small blue minor bulb chionodoxa are sprinkling the forest floor.

Bright blue spring anemones form open colonies.

A Saucer Magnolia decided it was warm enough to bloom.

 The forest's maple trees are also coming into bloom.

The fancy store bought trilliums have emerged. They come up weeks earlier than the wild trilliums.

The Trout Lily popped up over night and bloomed the very next day. Bam! I must say they are looking fat and happy. They have returned in all three places I planted them. This bodes well for multiplication and spread.

Daffodil, oh daffodils

We got thousands and thousands of daffodils.

I went to my polling station and voted on this primary Bloom Day. We all get enough of that, so better to spend some quality time at Bloom Day Headquarters where you can follow links to see beautiful blooms from around the world.

It was freakishly warm today. It felt like July out there. Word on the street is snow is coming on Saturday night - Sunday morning. That is March as it should be.


Carol McKenzie said...

Beautiful pictures. I'm always inspired to place an order for bulbs when I see all of yours blooming.

Does your mum divide the clumps that might be overcrowded? I'm finding this spring some non-blooming clumps here that I know I didn't plant that were, when I dug them up (wrong season, but if I don't move them when I think of it, I forget) were stacked three deep on top of each other.

Dee Nash said...

It's been freakishly warm here too. Some of the daffs have already come and gone. The white ones are now blooming and only a few yellows remain. I remember loving your garden on the mountain Christopher. I think of it often and all the motorcycles going by. Happy Bloom Day.~~Dee

Christopher C. NC said...

Carol my mom divides the clumps when she thinks they are big enough to divide regardless of how well they are blooming or not. She just wants more. I have been encouraging her to do it immediately after they finish blooming instead of waiting until fall so she can see better where there is space to fill and have a better idea what she is dividing. They transplant just fine post blooming. All I do is cut the foliage by a third so it is less limp and messy.

Christopher C. NC said...

Dee it is weather like this that gets the motorcyclists out for a drive. We are headed back to cool so I hope the daffodils which just started this week are not over in a flash. You need to come back and visit again. The garden has changed dramatically since the bloggers were here.

Sarah Shoesmith said...

There is a real sense of the drama of spring in these photos. Fingers crossed for the future multiplication of the trout lily - such a glorious plant!

Lola said...

Christopher, when you cut them by a third do they still bloom? After you move them even.

Christopher C. NC said...

Sarah I hope to be seeing baby Trout Lilies in the next couple of years.

Lola if the bulb is big enough they will bloom the next year after a post bloom spring transplant. Leaving two thirds of the foliage and letting it die back naturally helps.

Lisa Greenbow said...

I envy you your trout lilies.

Lola said...

My ggs cut one of mine off with mower is reason i'm asking. Sure hope it works.

Christopher C. NC said...

Lisa I am quite pleased with how well they handled being relocated. All three clumps I planted have survived.

Lola they should bloom next year as long as the mower left some foliage. At least if they are willing to bloom in Florida.