It’s wonderful to see the gardens transform this time of year.
Here at the farm, we had a brief stretch of warm, springtime weather. Earlier this week, beautiful blooms began erupting with vibrant color. It’s always nice to see nature come to life again - crocuses, snowdrops, daffodils, and even my beautiful tulips are now peeking through the soil. Soon, the grounds will be covered in carpets of colorful warmth - I can't wait. Here’s a glimpse of the flowers that are blooming in my gardens now… what flowers are blooming in yours?
Enjoy these photos.
Crocus is among the first flowers to appear in spring, usually in shades of purple, yellow and white.
Here are some white crocuses. They only reach about two to four inches tall, but they naturalize easily, meaning they spread and come back year after year.
Here are purple, white, and yellow croci. Crocus is a genus of flowering plants in the iris family made up of about 90-species of perennial plants.
Snowdrops are another sure sign of spring. Snowdrops produce one very small, pendulous bell-shaped white flower which hangs off its stalk like a “drop” before opening.
There are bunches of snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, in various beds around the farm. These flowers are perennial, herbaceous plants, which grow from bulbs.
The daffodil border that stretches along one side of my farm has been growing rapidly. There are several varieties planted here – all in large groupings, providing a stunning swath of color when in bloom.
The original daffodil border was begun in 2003. It now stretches all the way down from my Summer House, past the stable, and ending at the Japanese maple grove.
In my daffodil border, I planted early, mid and late season blooming varieties so that when one section is done blooming, another is just opening up.
Eranthis, or winter aconite, is a genus of eight species of flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae – the Buttercup family.
Winter aconite produces such cheerful yellow flowers that appear in late winter or earliest spring. And, they are deer resistant.
These are ‘Natascha’ miniature iris – a lovely ice blue in color. They bloom in early spring and grow to about four to six inches tall.
The blooms have a very light and subtle violet-like scent. Irises come from a vast genus of plants, but nearly all show the recognizable iris flower form – three standard petals and three hanging outer fall petals.
Remember my amazing bed of tulips? This year’s tulips are already peeking through the soil and mulch top dressing. I can’t wait to see all their beautiful colors.
These tulips are already several inches tall.
The witch-hazel is also blooming nicely. It grows as small trees or shrubs with clusters of rich yellow to orange-red flowers.
Witch-hazel is great for splashes of winter color. They’re very hardy and are not prone to a lot of diseases.
Witch-hazel is a genus of flowering plants in the family Hamamelidaceae. Most species bloom from January to March and display beautiful spidery flowers that let off a slightly spicy fragrance.
Most are familiar with witch-hazel as a medicinal plant. Its leaves, bark and twigs are used to make lotions and astringents for treating certain skin inflammations and other irritations.
Witch-hazel works well as a natural remedy because it contains tannins, which when applied to the skin, can help decrease swelling and fight bacteria.
Witch-hazel flowers consist of four, strap-like petals that are able to curl inward to protect the inner structures from freezing during the winter.
We planted this young witch-hazel specimen just last year.
And look at what’s perched in this witch-hazel – a bird’s nest.
This is red sedum. Sedum does really well growing along stone walkways and even between the crevices in stone walls!
I first planted sedum in walls many years ago at my home on Turkey Hill in Connecticut. Most sedum has a trailing nature – I love how it cascades down the side of this wall outside my Winter House.
Here are some hellebore flowers beginning to open. Hellebores come in a variety of color and have rose-like blossoms. It is common to plant them on slopes or in raised beds in order to see their flowers, which tend to nod.
Hellebores are members of the Eurasian genus Helleborus – about 20 species of evergreen perennial flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae. They blossom during late winter and early spring for up to three months.
Hellebores are widely grown for decorative purposes because of their love for shady locations and resistance to frost.
The tree peonies are also beginning to bud. Once these are in bloom, they will have an abundance of flowers.
This is Petasites growing behind my tropical greenhouse. Petasites is a genus of flowering plants in the sunflower family, Asteraceae. They are also known as butterburs and coltsfoots.
All around the farm, bulbs are pushing through the earth with so much energy.