March 31, 2022 — First Crocus! Photo by Louise Peacock

Daffodils and Others

A Progression

In March, once the snow has melted, we begin to look around for signs of early spring bulbs. This year, things seemed really slow.

One of the patches of early Crocus surprised us by producing a few delicate flowers on the last day of march — they are the lead photo.

A few Daffodil leaves showed themselves in very early April.

April 6, 2022 — a few Daffodil leaves. Photo by Louise Peacock

The second week in April some actual buds showed up among the Daffodil leaves.

April 9, a few Daffodil buds. Photo by Louise Peacock

Surprisingly, that same week, two Hyacinths showed signs of opening up.

April 9, some brave hyacinth buds. Photos by Louise Peacock

The Winter Aconite decided it was safe to show some buds, and there was enough sun for it actually open up a couple of flowers in the second week of April.

April 11, 2022 Winter Aconite bud and flowers. Photo by Louise Peacock

A second round of early Crocus began to show colour on April 12.

April 12, 2022 — A few more early Crocus. Photos by Louise Peacock

On April 14, the Daffodil buds were actually swelling quite nicely and the sad-looking white hyacinth was opening up, along with a reluctant Scilla, which I had almost missed since it was hidden behind some tallish grasses.

April 14, 2022. left to right: Daffodil buds. Hyacinth and Scilla. Photos by Louise Peacock

On April 16, some of those previously seen Daffodil buds were starting to open.

April 16, 2022 — a few Daffodils actually open! Photo by Louise Peacock

Then, such a disappointment! April 18, Easter Monday, and we got a big dump of snow!

April 18, 2022. Daffodil flowers covered in snow! April 15, 2022 — a few Daffodils actually open! Photo by Louise Peacock

As quickly as it came, the snow melted in a warm sun and some Bloodroot decided to open up.

April 19, 2022 — Bloodroot celebrating a sunny day. Photo by Louise Peacock

Surprisingly, the Lungwort, which usually is one of the first spring plants to flower, was really late. Last year it was blooming vigorously by April 4. This year, as you can see from the few blooms below on April 22, it was not in a hurry.

April 22, 2022 — Lungwort, looking chilled. Photo by Louise Peacock

For comparison — April 4, 2021 — Lungwort below.

April 4, 2021 — Photo by Louise Peacock

It was nice to see some action from the larger, bi-colour Daffodils, in the third week of April, although they were not at their peak.

I was really surprised to spot a few blooms on the Brunnera. It usually comes much later once things are warmer.

April 23, 2022 — on the left, bi-colour Daffodils and on the right, a shy Brunnera flower. Photo by Louise Peacock

Below is an example of why I am not crazy about planting Hyacinths for spring bulbs. After a couple of years, the number of flowers per stalk reduces radically. They begin to revert to their natural state. Still pretty, but not that fat, dense stem full of flowers that we normally associate with Hyacinths.

April 24, 2022 — a Hyacinth which has begun to return to its wild state. Photo by Louise Peacock

And finally, after a few mild-ish days — well, with temperatures above freezing at least — the bi-colour Daffodils have opened in full force.

April 27, 2022 — the bi-colour Daffodils really sprung into action. Photo by Louise Peacock



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Louise Peacock

Louise Peacock

Louise Peacock is a writer, garden designer, Reiki practitioner, singer-songwriter & animal activist. Favorite insult “Eat cake & choke” On Medium since 2016.