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The Parade has Begun

March 8th, 2012

When I was out washing out the cat litter boxes on Tuesday afternoon I decided the weather was nice enough to check the front yard for crocus blooms. If you remember I planted hundreds of crocus and mini daffodil blooms in the lawn last fall. Low and behold I spotted a few bit of purple in the sea of green. Only about 15 are blooming right now, I can’t wait until the rest of the 500 bulbs bloom. I plated 5 different kinds of crocuses in a variety of colors.

On the back hillside, which was planted with over 800 tulip and other flowering bulbs the snowdrops are coming out in full force, pushing their way up through the mulch of chopped leaves and reaching for the sun.

These small splashes of color in the garden mark the beginning stages of a parade of color that will last until late May. I’m so looking forward to watching everything unfold as the coming months progress. Gardening truly is one of those hobbies that brings much joy.

Anything blooming in your garden yet? What’s usually the first bloom you see?

20 Comments to “The Parade has Begun”
  1. Jennifer Fisk on March 8, 2012 at 7:47 am

    I still have a thin covering of snow and ice over most of my property. Where the ground is bare, with the exception of near the foundation on the south side of my house, it is still rock solid. I have hope after today’s highs in the upper 50’s and rain tonight.

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  2. daisy on March 8, 2012 at 7:48 am

    That’s gonna be quite a show! Looking forward to it!

    We haven’t lost blooms this year, so everything just kept going due to the mild winter.

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  3. Rhonda on March 8, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Nope. I’ve got nothing blooming. The brown eyed Susans are starting to green up a bit and my hydrangeas are getting some tiny leaves.

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  4. Carol on March 8, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I can’t wait to see pictures!!

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  5. Sincerely, Emily on March 8, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Your front yard and back hillside are going to be spectacular very soon. What fun! I have poppies blooming right now in one area. They are almost as tall as my shoulders and they are the ones that didn’t plant, but it looks like I dropped a seed pod in that area. There are many things blooming around here right now. Other things yet to come.

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  6. igardendaily on March 8, 2012 at 9:28 am

    So petite and pretty!

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  7. Sherri on March 8, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Oh, I can hardly wait to see a full flush of blooms! You must be so excited :) We still have snow and freezing nights… for another month at least… Spring comes to us “officially” near the end of April/early May :(

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  8. Brittany P. on March 8, 2012 at 10:00 am

    A just reward for all that hard work. Beautiful!

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  9. Donna B. on March 8, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I would be greatly dissapointed if that photo of the sunlit Snowdrops doesn’t make it in your calendar for 2013… They’re all gorgeous shots!
    Amazingly enough, with the mild winter I’ve been having in NJ, I’ve got lots of things showing up! Crocus in bunches are probably blooming [while I’m at work, probably…] and the Daffodil’s have their buds already! I have yet to see my Scilla blooms, they were blooming in early March last year… so I will wait paitently.
    Although, something strange happened, amongst some Varigated Loosestrife and Liatris my MiL gave me from her garden, I have Snowdrops growing… she was shocked that I got some of her runaway bulbs from her garden! This is why sharing your garden with other’s is so wonderful.

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    • Susy on March 8, 2012 at 10:50 am

      When I looked through the photos from this batch I knew one of them would make the calendar. Either the sunlit snowdrops or one I have of a crocus in the lawn. Both were put in the calendar folder ready for the design this fall.

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  10. Deb on March 8, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Have crocuses blooming and the daffodils have had heads for some time now, but it’s been mild. Have some radishes and lettuce up that I planted on 2-3. I’m in Ohio in zone 5B, said to be 6 this year. I stick with the old as our temps. haven’t changed, that is until this year.

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  11. sarah on March 8, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Just what I needed to see this morning. ((smile))

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  12. judym on March 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Crocuses are up, daffys are budding and other bulbs beginning to break ground. Know your excitment for this spring. Same anticipation for us last spring – planted lots of new bulbs. Turned out beautifully.

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  13. Terry on March 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    We always have these little yellow flowers come up first, I don’t know what they are, do you?

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    • KimH on March 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      I dont know what they are, but they’re really cute! ;)

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  14. Mich on March 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    First things that I usually see in bloom are the hellebores and the crocus bulbs.

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    • KimH on March 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Thats what pops up here first too.. hellebores & crocus. I’ve got lots of littles coming up.. they should be here before long.. More & more crocus are blooming by the day.. Its quite exciting! ;)

      And YAY! to your parade!! :)

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  15. Brenda on March 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Oh wow, how exciting, I can’t wait to see then all in full flower!

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  16. Pearl on March 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    My hellebores are the first to bloom and yesterday I noticed a Grecian Windflower bloom.

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  17. Renee on March 8, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I can’t wait to watch your lawn bloom!

    My first crocuses (in Shenandoah Valley Va) came up a few weeks ago. Very early because of this mild winter!

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