Slow Spring Movement

You’ve heard of the slow food movement, right? We seem to be living through a slow spring movement. Don’t be anxious for all those spring flowers, the weather is telling us. Be in the moment – savor the season day by day. Most years, the slow spring movement lasts only as long as there isn’t much going on. Once spring gets really good, it forgets about being in the moment and rushes headlong into summer.


In the meantime, though, I’m pleased to say that one of the tulip pots is full of pointy little leaves of ‘Princess Irene’. The other pots still have no signs of life, but this is still a good sign.


In the borders, there are various Species Tulips making an appearance. Not sure what this is, but I like the red edging.


There are also some of the super early Tulipa kaufmanniana ‘Early Harvest’.


And the rabbits are already noshing on them. After I saw this, I spread around almost an entire container of animal repellent. Seems to have halted the rabbit attacks, but now our whole front garden smells like cat pee.


Lots of Daffodil shoots emerging out of the ground.


A few of the most impatient Crocuses have flower buds. They are staying closed, though. Given that I’m not seeing any bees yet, this is understandable.


Is this ‘Glory-of-the-Snow’ (Chionodoxa forbesii)? I planted some in the Sidewalk Border last fall, but maybe these are just Crocuses.


They don’t bloom until May, but the ‘Purple Sensation’ Alliums are making an appearance.


The Common Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) are fading, but the Giant Snowdrops (G. elwesii) are reaching their peak. Or it could be the other way around.


You can also see the hairy leaves of Linc’s Poppy.



Buds are starting to swell also. This is Clove Currant (Ribes odoratum).


And this is Spicebush (Lindera benzoin).

This year’s spring is running a couple of weeks later than what’s been normal the last few years. Even so, we seem to have made a definitive turn away from winter. So that’s good. Are you having a slow spring movement in your garden?

46 Comments on “Slow Spring Movement”

  1. No, I’m afraid our spring is rushing madly ahead with new flowers opening every day. Hopefully it will slow down this week as it is supposed to be quite a bit colder once more which will be good for the flowers if not for us!

  2. We’re well into wisteria and azaleas and wildflowers galore — spring has gone into overdrive. But it’s cool this morning, and we have some rain in the forecast, so things may slow a bit and continue to be that extraordinary ‘pretty’ that characterizes early spring. I’m glad to see those tulips poking up. I remember your concern that the potted ones might have succumbed to the cold.

  3. Beautiful spring flowers!! I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure those are crocuses coming up in that one picture. Every spring I find something coming up that I can’t remember what it is! 😀 We still have a lot of snow to melt here but we’re making progress.

  4. All those signs of spring are so exciting! A bit slow here, but not too bad as it seems as if the long range forecast is favourable. Last year we were behind by about 4 weeks, so I’m hoping we don’t be having a repeat of that.

  5. Yes, we are well into spring and our daffodils finished a while ago. Weirdly, spring seems to be sooner in climates that are normally cooler than ours. Usually, only Southern California and Florida are earlier than we are. I am not certain if we are late, or they are early, or a combination of both.

  6. Good your finely seeing signs of spring, and there’s hope for the tulips after all! I hope the repellent works. Nothing keeps the neighbor cats from my front yard. It’s really bad right now, I have to put on gloves and deal with it soon. Last winter they kept their dainty paws dry by going on top of the blue fescue clumps!

  7. Hello Jason, the only thing that’s slow in my garden at the moment is me – I’m falling behind on the winter jobs that I should have done while the garden is racing away. I haven’t been able to prune all the roses, the spring bulbs are up, making mulching a lot more tricky, there’s still all the border edging to do and I’ve missed the window for cutting one of the hedges. It’s not great and at this rate, I may be able to catch-up by early summer, at which point I can start the Spring jobs!

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