So glad to see you sweet hellebore. Missed your sunny face all winter.
What about your sisters, they of the drooping heads? Why don’t they let us have a peek? You are always first to the party even ahead of H. nigersmithii ‘Ivory Prince.’
Hello Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane.’ Lovely to gaze upon your elegance if only in spring. Later, you’ll be covered with rough leaves, but now, you wear your finest frock. Since those same rough leaves turn a brilliant red/orange in fall we forgive them.
Hello Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold’s Promise.’ You’re just starting to unfurl, but your scent is awesome.
Hello Crocus chrysanthus ‘Snow Bunting.’ You are as beautiful and welcome as Elizabeth Lawrence described you in A Rock Garden in the South.
“C. chrysanthus appears in gardens in many forms and among these are found some of the best of the early-flowering sorts. E.A. Bowles raised a group which he named for birds. ‘Snow Bunting’ is the first to bloom. I think if I could only have one spring-flowering crocus it would be this.”
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Hello viola, you of the cheerful heart. I don’t know your name having simply picked you up one day at the nursery, but you kept your face turned to the light in spite of wicked weather challenges. I salute you. I did notice some of your sisters, V. x wittrockiana ‘Imperial Antique Shades’ didn’t fare so well at -17F as you. Perhaps, I should only plant them in the spring. I was warned.
Planting beautiful early flowering shrubs, bulbs and flowers which winter over makes for a cheerful heart in late February. Something to consider. Also, if you read Elizabeth Lawrence, that famous North Carolina gardener, you’ll know what will do well in middle and southern Oklahoma, much of Texas (except the most arid parts) and the south. Although she lived in USDA Zone 7 (which is most of Oklahoma), her plants usually bloomed one month earlier than mine. Everything I’ve placed in the garden which were her favorites are stalwarts in mine.
I can just smell spring around the corner even if we’ve two months to go.