We were delighted, and a bit surprised, to discover these pretty snowdrops blooming on the bank behind our house today. Sheltered, and facing the afternoon sun, these tiny Galanthus emerged to brighten our day with their pristine flowers.
Our bulbs have been popping up all over the garden during the last fortnight. But these are the first bulbs to bloom in our yard this year. The premier act, we expect others soon to follow. Galanthus nivalis lead the season, closely followed by the Crocus and early Daffodils. I’m happy to see a little clump forming here where the original bulbs have matured and multiplied. One of the nicest things about many spring bulbs is that they naturalize over time, making spreading patches of color to delight my gardener’s heart.
We enjoyed a sunny afternoon in the mid 60s today, and used it productively. I made the tour and spread a bag of Milorganite around the perimeter of our garden, watching for signs of spring. I”m still pruning, cutting back spent perennials, replenishing mulch and noticing buds swelling on many shrubs and trees.
We can’t get overly confident just yet. We expect wintery weather to return by the end of this week. Williamsburg often endures winter storms right through March or even early April.
But with that said, we feel spring in the air. The Heaths opened their Bulb Shop up for the season at their Gloucester gardens last week. I find it satisfying somehow that the first of our spring bulbs has blossomed within a week of their spring opening! We will make a trip later this month to enjoy their display gardens, see what is new, and perhaps pick up a bag or two of something nice for this summer’s display.
So for my gardening friends snowed under this week, please let these little snowdrops cheer you with their promise of spring to come! It won’t be long now until your gardens will also burst into the beauties of springtime!
Woodland Gnome 2017
Thank you ❤