Friday, February 15, 2013

Flowers in the Cold! ~ GBBD February 2013

Hellebores orientalis in the Shade Path Garden
Hellebores orientalis in the Shade Path Garden

February is here at Gilmore Gardens in Pennsylvania! There are a few early signs of spring today, though they are shivering at the moment in 32 F (0 C) and will be even colder tonight as it is supposed to get down to 17 F (-8 C). We had snow flurries for Valentine's Day yesterday instead of the 40 F that was predicted. But it is warmer inside with all of the heart garlands hanging about thanks to my daughter Grace.


 Hellebores orientalis bud hiding in the leaf litter
 Hellebores orientalis bud hiding in the leaf litter
Galanthus elwesii in the Shade Path Garden
Galanthus elwesii in the Shade Path Garden
A lone snowdrop, Galanthus elwesii
A lone snowdrop, Galanthus elwesii
Crocus tomasinianus growing over one quarter of our back yard, which we call the Back Woodland.
Crocus tomasinianus growing over one quarter of our back yard, which we call the Back Woodland.

Crocus tomasinianus waiting for the sun to come out!
Crocus tomasinianus waiting for the sun to come out!

Now, we have just to wait for the first truly warm days. Then our bloom succession will officially begin for the year!

See blooms all over the world today for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day at May Dreams

17 comments:

  1. So pretty! Especially all the crocus - even the leaves are adorable, I think! Stay bundled up and warm tonight!

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  2. I love the idea of crocus, I'm putting them on my wish list for fall planting :)

    Happy Gardening!

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  3. Lovely pics, you must be so ready for the spring, we are overheating here in South Africa!

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  4. Beautiful blooms!
    And you have some pretty green moss, too!
    Happy Bloom Day!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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  5. beautiful!:) the crocus are so pretty!! I love the color popping through!:)

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  6. Nice pictures! Snowdrops and crocus are my early spring favorites. Ours are not yet too far along.

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  7. Wow I'm impressed! My Hellebores are under a foot of snow. Every year in the spring I vow that will plant some Galanthus. By fall I usually run out of steam. Maybe this will be the year.

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  8. I am loving being able to see all the hellebores in February gardens. I dreamed about hellebores last night, but have none in my garden. Beautiful photos.

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  9. The spring comes! Fast!!
    I am happy to see crocus tomasinianus at your garden ! I planted it in my garden this autumn thanks to you and I am delighted to see them! But everything is still under the snow here! Have a nice day !

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    1. So glad to hear that, Marie! I look forward to seeing your tommies blooming too!
      ~Julie

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  10. Once your flowers open, you will feel that spring has arrived. The crocus are a lovely colour already. Spring arrived here today, don't know how long it will last, so we are making the most of it!

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  11. So fresh and lovely! Can't wait to see more!!!

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  12. Oh my goodness, that photograph of the crocus with the moss is beautiful. I bet your Hellebores are amazing. I can't wait to see the photos of them in full bloom. Thanks for the Spring inspiration Julie.
    Susan

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  13. Wow you have so much starting to bloom...nothing here but snow...

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  14. It was very warm here today on the other side of PA. The plants that I have blooming are pretty much the same as yours.

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  15. It's fun to see them at these lovely beginning stages of blooming! I know my Hellebores are budding, because they were budding back in December! But I kept them covered with leaves, and then the snow came...and it hasn't stopped since. So, I'm especially pleased to see your cheery little blooms--mine can't be too far away. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  16. Lovely Hellebores to look forward to, won't be long! Christina

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