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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Well, I’ve been doing this blog for a few years now and have never posted for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. The 15th of each month garden bloggers tell their readers what is blooming in their gardens (indoors or outdoors). This report from bloggers all over the country (and beyond?) was started by Carol Michel of May Dreams Gardens. Carol is a prolific writer (and a good one) with a Horticulture degree from Purdue, just like me, and she lives right here in Indianapolis. People often wonder if we are twins separated at birth because we are so much alike. Isn’t that so, Carol? Anyway, since this week’s blog falls right on Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, I thought it was time to join this pioneer of garden blogging.

So what is blooming at the IMA today?



The witchhazels (Hamamelis species) keep powering on. It has been an incredible year for them. Simply weeks and weeks of good showy bloom. Most witchhazels have some fragrance but it does vary in intensity. You might want to take a walk about and smell the different cultivars to find the one you like best.


Hellebores of course are major perennial players this time of year.


Helleborus foetidus has looked even better than usual for months (thank you mild winter). I like the common name stinking hellebore over the recently promoted bear’s claw hellebore. Truly they do not stink unless you trap yourself in a small room with a bouquet.




4That touch of red lipstick is so sexy.



Members of the Helleborus Gold Collection® (HGC) have rapidly become favorites of mine.


Helleborus niger ‘HGC Josef Lemper’ starts blooming in November or December, some years October. The pure white flowers are striking against the gray and tan of winter.




6Helleborus ballardiae ‘HGC Cinnamon Snow’ has been in bloom since December, a little earlier than usual. Incredible color and bud count on these ballardiae hybrids.




7And my favorite of favorites of the HGC group, H. x ballardiae ‘HGC Pink Frost’.






And Helleborus x hybridus is in heavy bud and some bloom. I actually found a few open in December or January. Much earlier than normal and not in a particularly warm or bright spot. I was cleaning up some last week and there was freeze damage to some new growth. We have few of the new hybrids (yet) but I love all the colors and flower types being released lately.


Crazy daffodils were blooming in mid-December. Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ shouldn’t bloom before February but it is still soldiering on in March, if a bit beaten down.











Crocus! You never know where crocus are going to show up. Why? Because you never know where the squirrels and chipmunks have “transplanted” them and you never know when they are going to exhibit extreme control and only eat 99 of the 100 bulbs you planted. And yes I do know they are really corms and not true bulbs.


And Crocus sieberi ssp. sublimus ‘Tricolor’.




1516Some things are past prime but still showing color such as the winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis) and snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis).


And fresh and new are the reticulated irises and their kinfolk – Iris histroides and reticulata and their hybrids.


Iris ‘George’.




18Iris ‘Pauline’ (under Cercis canadensis ‘Pauline Lily’) and ‘Harmony’ (blue).




By my next posting it will officially be spring. I sure hope Mother Nature agrees. This is not the year for her to be upset. Not the year at all. Maybe she’ll be in a good mood like in 1983.

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