Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Record Early Spring -February 2017

Here in Ohio (zone 5b) we had a mild winter in spite of all the forecasts that said this winter will very cold because last summer was very warm.  Oh well! We are not complaining... just worrying  a little about the effects this early winter will have on farmers' crops.  Skiers in Ohio didn't complain about this winter much. They had enough snow and enough cold days too. Spring is here super early this year and that is super exciting for us gardeners! Possibly 2-3 weeks earlier than a normal early spring. We had signs of spring as early as February 1 reason so I had to go back and document this rare event in today's post. 

Besides the temperatures being warmer that normal, I first noticed the simple Snow drops blooming as early as February 6. 
Snow drops or Galanthus Elwessii
Then one variety of iris bloomed (don't know what happened with the three other iris varieties that bloom last year)
Iris histrioides "Lady Beatrix Stanley"
Behind the sunroom, the witch hazel was in full bloom on February 22...maybe earlier but I didn't check.
Witch hazel

After I checked out the witch hazel's blooms I also entered the veggie garden and lifted the row covers. Well well well! We had plenty for a meal!

Swiss Chard

So I am running back in the house for a bowl and clippers to harvest some greens and I see violas in bloom! These ones seeded themselves during last summer and I was curious how they will survive the winter.  More than a dozen are happily blooming right where I would normally grow tulips in the ground (but not this year). I love my freebies violas!
As I am finishing this post, it is now March. More signs of spring are here so stay tuned for a couple posts on starting seeds, veggie garden planning and looking back at successes and failures of last year's garden.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - March 2016

Spring is here!  I hear it, I smell it, I see it! The sounds of birds and the smells of wet spring soil and decomposing leaves.  The early bloomers are here, mostly bulbs! What a happy sight!

Narcissus "Tete-a-Tete"

March started with nice weather and the blooms of Witch Hazel tree, Snow drops and Hellebore.
Snow drops or Galanthus nivalis (March 1)

Dwarf irises are a new addition in my garden as of last fall. One variety in yellow bloomed at the end of February at the same time with Snow drops.
Iris danfordiae (March 11)

Right now Iris reticulata and histrioides are in bloom.

Iris reticulata "Cantab"

Iris reticulata J.S. Djit

Iris histrioides "Lady Beatrix Stanley"
My cell phone's camera captured this beauty much better than my Canon camera.

Rock cress is starting to bloom today
Arabis alpina caucasica
So this was another Garden Blogger's Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.  Check-out Carol's post you will find links to many other gardener's blooms at mid-month. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Swan Lake -Seven Springs, PA

We took a mini family vacation around New Years eve, to Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.  We've been here before many times without the kids but this visit was special. First snow tubing experience for our children was memorable. The day we arrived there was no snow, so what is to do? We saw this lake on the way to our villa so we decided to stop and take pictures. It was named the Swan Lake. Lovely creatures!