The Thanksgiving/Christmas cactus is re-blooming. Apparently, it's an Irish cactus,
because I notice from past years that it usually blooms again around St. Patrick's Day.
The Kalanchoe, though leggy, is also putting out a few tiny yellow blooms, the first of the year.
But why are we looking at plants indoors when it's such a beautiful day outside? The weather has warmed up considerably this past week, even reaching into the 60's, including today's bright sunny day.
When the piles of snow on the Lily Bed finally melted, I found these first harbingers of spring, the tiny Snowdrops. I keep hoping they will muliply, but as of today there are just three blooms total. I suppose all the digging I do in this area every fall to plant other bulbs hasn't helped, and I may have accidentally displaced a few. Still, they are a welcome sight.
Nothing else is blooming yet, not even a crocus, but there are signs of life if you look closely enough. I know it won't be long before the daffodils are blooming.
But first I need to uncover everything from the thick layer of matted leaves that blanketed the garden beds all winter. It was such a beautiful day today that I spent a little time raking up the garden and cutting a few things back so that the emerging bulbs could finally see the sun. One of the best investments I made last year was buying this little shrub rake. It's perfect for raking around delicate spring bloomers--no more tulips beheaded by the garden rake!
It's so much fun to see what hidden treasures lie underneath all these leaves--
hellebore buds so happy to see the light of day!
I don't want to tempt fate by saying that spring is here yet--the temperatures are supposed to fall later this week again, and the weatherman even said that four-letter S--- word on TV. But I'm hoping he's wrong. Spring--it can't be long now!
To see what is blooming all over on this fine day in March, be sure to visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens and see how excited other gardeners are about the arrival of spring.