Friday, March 16, 2012

March Madness: GBBD

That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty.
-  William Shakespeare  

Of  course, Shakespeare was an Englishman, so for him March was the time to find English daffodils in full bloom. Not like the daffodils of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. They don't show their sunny, yellow faces until April. Until this year, that is! It seems we are enjoying some March madness as temperatures soar and blooms respond. I am not complaining ...

"A little madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King
-  Emily Dickenson

I'm outside with hoe in hand, tidying the flower beds, and preparing the vegetable garden for the spring sowing, stopping only to marvel at the beauty of daffodils, crocuses and hellebores, blooming at least two weeks early.

My favorite hellebore: Helleborus 'Ivory Prince'
Helleborus sp.

But it's the crocuses that steal the show: cream, yellow, purple, white. They are in every corner of the garden, many in places not planted ...

Crocuses unexpectedly found in the walnut dell.

Crocuses  under the crabapple tree.
Even more surprising ...

Pulmonaria Lungwort
Lamium Dead Nettle
Pachysandra Spurge
At the edge of the pond, still covered by a protective netting, ...

... I see a very sleepy bulfrog has awoken from his winter slumber.

Carol at May Dreams Garden in Indiana asks today, "Is spring arriving early for you, too?" Many bloggers across the country answer 'yes'.

It seems March came in like a lamb and is going out like a lamb. March Madness.

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

Pamela x

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  1. So many fabulous temperate climate flowers. I've had my fix for the day now. You've got a great collection of Hellebores and Crocuses there, and I love the Daff.

  2. All those spring bulbs are providing so much colour in your garden. The pale yellow crocus is a beauty.

  3. So many lovely blooms in your garden already! I'm still waiting for a big show here...

  4. Oh, I love all these crocus!!

  5. Hi Pam,

    So lovely to see you have blooms and colour now :)
    These beatuful, warm days of March almost have me thinking it's summer soon and I'm now desperate to go on holiday somewhere!

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  7. Pulmonaria in bloom already. How wonderful Pam. I love all of your bright cheery crocus in bloom. Spring is such a wonderful time of the year.Have a terrific weekend.

  8. This March has seemed a bit 'mad'! Things are early here, too. Love all the different colors of your crocus. And your frog!!! Adorable!!!

  9. Unusually mild and warm here and many flowers ahead of normal.

    Crocuses do seem popular in the blogasphere this spring

  10. What a wonderful March! So much in bloom. I like your 'Ivory Prince', which I have seen in the catelogs, but not in person. Interested to hear that it is your favorite.

    I am enjoying the early spring immensely! We have iris reticulata blooming here and some smaller daffs - no large ones yet. We are all out enjoying the 70 degree weather today!
    Happy March!

  11. I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of that bullfrog ...

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  13. Same to report here in the Canadian maritimes. We've got 10 degrees (50 F) and sun melting the snow and sending it in rivers down the driveway. No flowers yet but it can't be long if this continues. I must admit though, I'm happy to see spring come quickly, I just can't wait to get outdoors.

  14. yes indeed, Spring has come early this year. Wisteria and roses are already in bloom in Alabama. Love the sight of daffodils in the Springtime and sure glad to see Mr. Bullfrog is alive and well in your pond.

  15. Marvellous is the cheer that Spring brings, even more so when early. Sometimes the Crocus take a bashing because of it though. Ah! your Pulmonaria is early.

  16. There are so many daffodils in my neighborhood and throughout other neighborhoods. They are truly a sign of spring. It feels more like summer around DC these days, though!

  17. Like so many others, we have been enjoying the early spring. It has been so beautiful! My only complaint is that the heat has made the blooms fade too fast. A small price to pay for spring's beauty.