February has been a ping pong month for its Spring-like days and winter weather.

Is anyone else confused about this month’s weather? Besides the plants, I mean. The maples are supposed to bloom this month, but the frigid weather keeps their buds tightly closed. Our hellebores began blooming in January, but only a few opened in February because of the sleet, snow and ice. Most of their buds have remained closed. The snowdrops bloomed early along with one golden-yellow crocus, which stopped blooming, but shows colorful buds. Our spring Witch-hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) is in full bloom. Theirs is one of the sweetest fragrances in the garden, reminiscent of Jasmine, especially the Lakeview Jasmine shrub that blooms indoors in the winter. I’ve seen daffodils blooming around town, but none here yet. What is blooming in your garden? P.S. This is a good time to transplant trees and shrubs and buy new ones.  See you in the garden!

Early snowdrop bloom

Early snowdrop bloom

Newly opened flower of Lenten Rose

Newly opened flower of a deciduous Lenten Rose, (Helleborus atrorubens).

I miss my Fragrant Daphne and our Japanese Apricot (Prunus mume), both early blooming, because they went to plant heaven. They’ve been here many years, brightening the winter days with fragrance and color. Here are photos of my dearly departed.

Winter-blooming Daphne with sweetly  frangrant  flowes.

Winter-blooming Daphne
with sweetly fragrant
flowes.

Japanese Flowering Apricot

Japanese Flowering Apricot

 

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Groundhog Day Buds and Blooms

It is so gratifying to go outside in February and find some plants already bravely blooming and budding through and even under the snow.  My earliest hellebore, H. atrorubens , a Lenten Rose, had many buds and one delightful flower open.  Our Japanese Flowering Apricot, Prunus mume, is covered with buds, already showing color, as well as my poor Daphne, D. odorata aureomarginata, that got so badly hit during the 0° temps. Despite the damage, there are still lots of buds ready to open. On Groundhog Day, even if he does see his shadow, I know that spring is not far away.

The small tree faithfully blooms every February.

Newly opened flower of Lenten Rose