Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: First Flowers of Spring 2016

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Name: Yehudith
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
meiramalka
Feb 5, 2016 12:04 PM CST
Can you believe I have on the DVD play "First Flower" and look out the living room window an lo and behold my first spring flower is looking right up at me! Its a tiny purple crocus. Isn't life wonderful!? Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!






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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Feb 5, 2016 1:17 PM CST
what a treat!!
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Feb 6, 2016 8:23 AM CST

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That is really cool, Yehudith! You and SSG seem to have warmer microclimates than I do, even though we are only about half an hour away.
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Name: Yehudith
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
meiramalka
Feb 6, 2016 5:40 PM CST
I found these too. They were planted around a bed in the lawn that has a rose that has never done well in it. I gave up on crocus because the squirells, rabbits, deer or what ever get to them. They come up fine and the chomp they're gone.

I think some of it has to do with a southwest exposure and the garage protruding out from the house so it sort of forms a courtyard but not quite. Its just kinda sheltered. Daffodils are coming up in the back that are planted among the trees and have buds but the ones in the front just have leaves.

Anyone elses garden showing life yet?


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Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Feb 6, 2016 5:43 PM CST
Yehudith, my crocuses and hellebores have been blooming for about a month now. Today I saw buds on my creeping phlox!
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Feb 6, 2016 6:42 PM CST
My regular spring crocus are in a dip and stay moist and cool. No early birds here. My crocus tommassinianus are back by a maple tree and no sign yet. I think March for them? Daffodils, some foliage, and that's about it.
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Feb 6, 2016 6:51 PM CST

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I have the spring bulb shoots that started to emerge during our warm December; they just seemed to sort of stop growing when the cold snap hit, but they're still there. Nothing blooming.
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Feb 7, 2016 12:10 AM CST
Beautiful yellow and lavender crocus flowers, Yehudith.

The only things I have blooming are snowdrops. I have buds on my hellebore. I have spring bulb shoots sprouting also. I keep an eye on them everyday to see how they're doing.
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Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Jan
Feb 7, 2016 8:00 AM CST
That is the cool thing about spring....the anticipation of new growth and the joy this brings.
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ssgardener
Feb 21, 2016 8:48 AM CST
My crocus have been blooming for almost two months now. You can tell from the pictures the fresh looking blooms are recent and the tattered blooms have been around awhile.
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Feb 21, 2016 9:34 AM CST

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They're lovely, SSG! No crocuses here yet, but hope springs eternal (or spring hopefully brings crocuses?)
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Feb 25, 2016 8:30 AM CST
What a treat ssg!
Robin, maybe it Green Grin!
goes "Crocus spring eternal"
Or Spring springs eternal
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Name: Gita Veskimets
Baltimore or Nottingham MD-212 (Zone 7a)
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gitagal
Feb 25, 2016 7:51 PM CST
SS--
Why don't you offer your banner pictures of Crocuses to be used as...the BANNER at the top?
It is already in a banned shape!
Don't know how you go about that--but you can ask Dave.
It would be VERY seasonal!...... Thumbs up Gita
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ssgardener
Feb 25, 2016 9:41 PM CST
Gita, I've been looking through my pictures to see which ones could be used as a banner pic. My crocus pics are not the right ratio but I have some others that might fit!
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Feb 26, 2016 7:02 AM CST
Check out the Spring Blooming Bulbs thread in the Bulbs forum!

The thread "Spring Blooming Bulbs 2016" in Bulbs forum

Gemini_sage has the most beautiful bulbs. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby His crocus are exactly what I wish mine could be.

Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
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MariposaMaid
Feb 26, 2016 12:57 PM CST
ssgardener said:Gita, I've been looking through my pictures to see which ones could be used as a banner pic. My crocus pics are not the right ratio but I have some others that might fit!


Here is a link to an ATP tutorial on how to make a banner picture.

The thread "Making a Banner Tutorial" in Site Talk forum

Seems like the picture or a portion of it can be adjusted to fit the banner format 10:1 ratio.

Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Feb 26, 2016 6:32 PM CST
My crocus tomassinianus are trying to bloom. If tomorrow is milder, I might get a nice view. But too often, they bloom during a nasty wet spell and they close up in cloudy weather.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
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Name: Gita Veskimets
Baltimore or Nottingham MD-212 (Zone 7a)
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gitagal
Feb 26, 2016 8:54 PM CST
Sally--Just wait until Sunday! You will think summer has arrived!
Predicted over 60*.
Of course--all these great warm days always hit on Sundays--when I work!

I guess spring it trying to get here--s-l-o-w-l-y.... G.
My only, significant bloom arriving....it is trying...anyway....

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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Feb 29, 2016 5:37 PM CST

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Came home from work today and got out of the car and--suprise!--the crocuses were beginning to open their buds! Hurray! Looked around a bit and discovered a few other early bloomers are also out now--snow drops, 'Georgia Blue' creeping Veronica, hellebores, and winter aconite.


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And still some color left over from the winter from my holly and my nandina!

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well, dare I think that spring has actually arrived??
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Name: David
Lucketts, Va (Zone 7a)
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greenthumb99
Feb 29, 2016 6:51 PM CST
Tomorrow, March 1st, is the first day of meteorological spring.
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