Surprising Winter Blooms – FineGardening


Joseph right here, in northern Indiana, the place usually December and January is an indoor-only gardening season, with a lot of snow, frigid temperatures, and floor frozen strong.

Not this winter, although. We’ve been having absurdly heat temperatures, and bizarrely when every part would usually be deeply dormant, I nonetheless have issues flowering!

Right here’s what’s displaying off in my backyard… do you may have any winter bloomers going robust at dwelling?

close up of yellow and purple pansies in a window box

Most of what I’ve flowering are pansies (Viola x wittrockiana, cool season annual). I began these from seed within the fall, and didn’t actually anticipate them to outlive my winter in my window bins. Effectively… they’re surviving for certain!

close up of Cool Wave pansies

This is among the ‘Cool Wave’ sequence, pansies that make lengthy, trailing stems. They give the impression of being so good spilling out of my window bins.

close up of deep purple pansy flower

I additionally grew a bunch of the variability ‘Flirty Skirts’ which have these splendidly ruffled blooms.

close up of Flirty Skirts pansies

Some are extra ruffled than others, however they’re all stunning.

close up of bright yellow pansies

This vibrant yellow is a pleasant little bit of sunshine in our sometimes cloudy winter climate.

close up of purple Cool Wave pansies

And this Cool Wave selection has been so good – a lot of flowers, with a terrific sample.

close up of single snodrop growing out of fallen leaves

I even have snowdrops blooming! That is the species Galanthus elwesii (Zone 4 – 7) which I bought as a result of it’s a little bigger than the everyday Galanthus nivalis (Zone 3 – 7). Final 12 months all of them bloomed within the spring, however with the hotter climate, I’ve a handful blooming now, and a few that even began again in November.

close up of snowdrops in bloom

I simply planted these a pair 12 months in the past. I can’t look forward to them to multiply into good clumps.

close up of deep purple primroses

Lastly, I’ve primroses (Primula hybrid, Zone 3 – 8) blooming! These have all the time began early, however by no means THIS early. They’re a good distance for full bloom, however it’s nice to see some shade this time of 12 months.

 

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