I’m so excited to be participating in my first Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day (GBBD). I can almost hear you asking, ‘What is GBBD?’. GBBD is the brainchild of fellow garden blogger Carol who lives in Indiana and writes about gardening on her blog called May Dreams Gardens. Apparently, about three years ago, Carol came up with the idea of having garden bloggers post photos of something that is blooming in their gardens on the 15th of each month. GBBD has been going strong ever since.
As you can see, I have posted a photo of several lovely crocuses quietly heralding the imminent arrival of Spring which happily is less than one week away. In the interest of full disclosure, I have to tell you these crocuses are not actually in MY garden. They are happily growing in my neighbor’s yard but since I can see them from my deck (and because I do not have even one bloom in my garden today) I have ‘adopted’ them as my own.
What does this ‘adoption’ tell me? That I need to plant some of my own crocus bulbs or plant at least one late-winter flowering shrub. The problem with dependable winter-flowering shrubs such as Pallida Witchazel (Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’) or Winter Flowering Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is that any flower buds will probably be eaten by the deer long before they have a chance to bloom. I guess I have several months to figure out exactly what kind of shrub to add to my zone 6 garden that will bloom in the winter and not attract the deer. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.