Today is the Ides of March and also the monthly Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, sponsored by Carol at May Dreams Garden. She invites her readers to share what is blooming in their gardens on the 15th of each month, and I’m glad to join in.
The warm weather we have been experiencing here in the Charlotte area has kick started the flowering plants in the garden, and many seem to be off to a head start. Ipheion uniflorum ‘Wisley Blue’ leads the pack now creating a grand display alongside the sunny pathway on the side of our house. Ipheion blooms early each year and is a prodigious multiplier.
I tried planting tulips in beds and in pots this year for the first time in this garden, and so far I’m pleased with the results. Many more are poking up around the garden. At lower right newly planted pink ranunculus makes a pleasant contrast with the lavender violas.
The hellebores and ‘Tete-a-Tete’ daffodils continue to be full, and we now see the first blooms of muscari and creeping veronica ‘Georgia Blue.’
Camellia japonica ‘Debutante’ has almost finished blooming; it lost far too many blooms this winter to the frost. ‘Governor Mouton’ was kind enough to wait out the frosty weather and is now loaded down with blooms.
Pansies and violas are perking up finally (just in time to be replaced by summer annuals???), loropetalum is starting to bloom, and I just planted some bright osteospermum ‘Voltage Yellow’ (a summer annual, of course, I couldn’t wait). I just hope it will look this bright throughout the summer.
And finally the old reliable candytuft only seems to get better and better as spring approaches.
Please visit May Dreams Garden and see what Carol and others are sharing this day.