African Garden + [winter]

Awakening - March Bloom Day

Galanthus elwesii

The garden is finally waking up from a long winter sleep. The Witch Hazel, Hammamelis x intermedia 'Sunburst,' is in full bloom.

Fortunately, the flowers are none the worse for the bitter temperatures it experienced earlier in the week.

It always amazes me how the Winter Aconite (Eranthis) emerges from the earth in bud,

and then opens during the course of the day.

Hellebore season is about to begin. Normally, the Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger) opens first, but this year it's not clear which will open first, H. niger,

a seedling Helleborus x orientalis,

or 'Ivory Prince.'

Yesterday, the first Crocus finally bloomed.

It's a lonely Crocus, all the others aren't even in bud yet. But the Daffodils, Tulips, and Scilla are sprouting. Soon, the garden will be full of an explosion of spring bloom.
Check out what Carol has blooming at May Dreams Gardens and also find links for all the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day posts.