Landscape & Gardening

What’s Blooming Now

These potted Gerbera daisies were planted last spring. I didn’t think they would come back, but just in case, I placed them in my greenhouse for the winter, and except for weekly watering, I pretty much ignored them. Lo and behold they came back!
These potted Gerbera daisies were planted last spring. I didn’t think they would come back, but just in case, I placed them in my greenhouse for the winter, and except for weekly watering, I pretty much ignored them. Lo and behold they came back!

All of these photos were taken this past Friday, March 27. With six weeks of constant rain mixed with freezing temperatures, there hasn’t been an ideal opportunity to photograph anything in my gardens until now. Sadly, because of this bad weather mix, a lot of the late winter bloomers have long passed their photogenic hour. This round of photos showcases current individual bloomers, because the rest of the perennials are just now beginning to emerge. Photographing the entire garden will happen some time in late June or early July.

(above) English daisy (Bellis perennis). It looks a bit chewed up at the moment, but it may recover from our rough winter.
(above) English daisy (Bellis perennis). It looks a bit chewed up at the moment, but it may recover from our rough winter.
(above) Hoop petticoat daffodil (Narcissus bulbocodium)
(above) Hoop petticoat daffodil (Narcissus bulbocodium)
(above) Ajuga reptans ‘Bronze Beauty’
(above) Ajuga reptans ‘Bronze Beauty’
(above) This is a Southern Jonquil, but I don’t remember which variety. I have several varieties, and this one is the last to bloom.
(above) This is a Southern Jonquil, but I don’t remember which variety. I have several varieties, and this one is the last to bloom.
(above) Ajuga ‘Chocolate Chip’
(above) Ajuga ‘Chocolate Chip’
(above) Hellebore, also known as Lenten Rose. I have three varieties in my garden, red, white, and blue. This is the red version.
(above) Hellebore, also known as Lenten Rose. I have three varieties in my garden, red, white, and blue. This is the red version.
(above) This is the white Lenten Rose. My hellebores had to be transplanted last spring (the second time in two years and third time since 2004). The huge old oak tree next door that had shaded them had to be cut down. All my shade plants from that side of my front garden had to be relocated. And the prior transplant was because of the front garden redesign. I was so grateful to see these flowers this spring. These nine clumps looked so beaten up this past year with their floppy battered leaves. So much so, they gave me the impression they were not going to make it. One must be patient with Hellebores. They are very slow growers.
(above) This is the white Lenten Rose. My hellebores had to be transplanted last spring (the second time in two years and third time since 2004). The huge old oak tree next door that had shaded them had to be cut down. All my shade plants from that side of my front garden had to be relocated. And the prior transplant was because of the front garden redesign. I was so grateful to see these flowers this spring. These nine clumps looked so beaten up this past year with their floppy battered leaves. So much so, they gave me the impression they were not going to make it. One must be patient with Hellebores. They are very slow growers.
(above) This Lenten Rose is the blue version, which blooms earlier than the other two.
(above) This Lenten Rose is the blue version, which blooms earlier than the other two.
(above) Candytuft 'Iberis sempervirens'
(above) Candytuft ‘Iberis sempervirens’

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