The Garden Awakes

The weather has been warm for mid-March, but wet. The garden is waking, though most of it is still pretending to sleep. Some plants are hitting the snooze button, nestling under the fertile earth like a blanket. But among all the dead leaves and stems and the dormant plants, there are those who arise happily for the early hours of spring.


The Snowdrops (Galanthus navalis), for example, have jumped into the season with dignified enthusiasm.


It’s gratifying to see new clumps emerge and old clumps expand.


Pioneers seeking to start clans of their own will pop up in all kinds of spots.


The first of the Crocuses are blooming with their cheerful colors.


A little patch of Crocus reminds me that I am falling behind on my spring clean up. I had hoped to do some today but it was raining from morning to night.


This Crocus seems to have been adopted by a patch of Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum).


I am new to Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis). I would have thought they’d be blooming by now. A few are sporting flower buds. I need to remove the tattered foliage.


Narcissi are emerging. If you look closely you can see that a few have buds. I think this is ‘Tete a Tete’.



The earliest tulips, most likely T. kaufanniana ‘Early Harvest’, are making their appearance Β in the containers. When it gets dry enough I will dig them out of the herb/cutting bed.


Tulips are also emerging in the beds and borders.


If you look carefully, you can find all kinds of perennials sending forth their first tentative growth above ground. Under the surface, of course, there is a great deal more activity. These are Peony ‘White Swan’.


And buds are swelling on all kinds of trees and shrubs, like this Clove Current (Ribes odoratum).

Spring is a bit earlier this year, and yet it still feels like it has been a long time coming. I am more than a little antsy to get started on the 2016 gardening season.

Has your garden awakened, or is it still hitting the snooze button?

67 Comments on “The Garden Awakes”

  1. Your snowdrops are marvelous! I love this time of year because each day brings a new discovery. By the way, my latest post has almost the same title as yours! My garden is definitely awakening.

  2. It appears our gardens are on the same wave length…I have a few other bulbs blooming, and yet others are just still sleeping. It is supposed to get chilly in the 40s next week for spring, but I think the garden will wake by then…soggy here so not much cleanup going on until later in the week hopefully.

  3. Glad to see your winter hasn’t been too hard and long this year Jason. Spring comes and then it all happens so quickly, doesn’t it?! My Early Harvest tulips have just started opening, and the daffs have buds just about to open too. I managed a spring clean- up last week just in time I think.

  4. Isn’t it wonderful to see all these early signs of spring? I was so excited when I found the first snowdrops blooming and buds on some of the crocuses. I think there are different varieties of hellebores that bloom at different times. My white ones have been blooming for a few weeks now, but I noticed the purple ones are just beginning to bloom. I’m anxious to get out and do more garden clean-up, too–seems like the weather and my schedule aren’t in sync.

  5. No flowers yet. There is still snow on the front gardens, and in the backyard, there is ice three or four inches below the surface. Despite the ice, plants are sprouting. What a thrill! An old story that never feels old.

  6. Those snowdrops are divine. I have all sorts of green shoots poking through the soil and buds on trees and shrubs. I have Scilla in bloom and my hellebores are going great guns but,,like you, I need to trim off last year’s leaves.

  7. The plants in my garden seem to be responding to the early spring-like conditions by pulling the covers up over their heads and muttering, ‘Go away, it’s not time to get up yet.’ Still no signs of emerging bulbs or hellebore buds.

  8. Hello Jason, we’re well ahead at the moment with the Magnolias and Camellias out, Spring bulbs are almost a distant memory. I hope that after this years (planned) spring bulb planting in autumn, we’ll have a display like yours to look forward to next year.

  9. Lovely to see your new growth, you just can’t beat seeing those first shoots and buds. You have a lovely drift of snowdrops there, I especially like the random, solo one! Looking forward to seeing your tulips and hellebore flowers, mine have excelled themselves this winter. I can’t wait for it to warm up a little so I can get some gardening done, I’m really behind this year

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