The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making


What’s Blooming: Glory Glory Glory!

Hallelujah! It’s Spring! This cute little ray of sunshine arrived Easter – thanks Mom! – and can’t wait to be out there in the garden but patience, we did have a light frost this morning.


Gerber Daisy

I have spent glorious days in the garden but have yet to finish Spring clean-up. I’ve made great progress, though. The Potager is ready. I put up my wire panels and even moved the Raspberries from behind the greenhouse. Next “leaf” day (biodynamic calendar) I will plant kale, swiss chard, lettuces … it’s just so wonderful to be back in the garden. I feel like skipping about.


The calm before the storm.

Plants are arriving … these beautiful vines from Easy to Grow Bulbs arrived yesterday: Passion Flower Betty Myles Young and Corkscrew Vine. I couldn’t be more pleased and I’ll definitely be ordering from them again. Considering what it takes to germinate and grow either of these from seed, the cost seems very minimal. They are making a slow and easy recovery (from shipping) on my back porch before I move them to the greenhouse until danger of frost has passed. In spite of our lightly frosted morning, the temperature in the greenhouse was 60° F! I spent a portion of yesterday afternoon constructing a beautiful trellis for the Corkscrew Vine. (I’ll post about that soon.)


AAAAND things are beginning to wake up and BLOOM! Just in time for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens on the 15th of each month. And wouldn’t you know, I’m home in my garden to enjoy it all! So, what’s blooming in the Violet Fern garden right now?

Mostly Crocus. It’s too early for these guys, they haven’t woken up yet. The crocus I have are mixed snow crocus and I didn’t diligently label their locations in the garden, but I do believe these are Blue Pearl, my favorite.


When they’re awake, they look like this!


Blue Pearl

Snowdrops are also blooming now that the snow is GONE, FINIS, BYE-BYE!


Glory of the Snow, chionodoxa just started blooming. I want to rename them Glory of the Spring!


Chionodoxa in the SUN!

Chionodoxa – what a difference lighting makes.

Disappointing is the Aconite, Eranthis Hyemalis, I planted last fall – not a sign. I thought this might have been one but upon closer inspection it looks more like a Daffodil. Maybe she’ll open later today!


Daffodils are really making a push! It won’t be long before they light up the ground.


Tulips are popping up everywhere, too, after these few warmer, SPRING-like days. I usually only plant species Tulips because Big Fat Rabbit likes to eat the fancy pants Tulips – I’m surprised he’s left me so many Crocus this year! – but I think this one is a fancy pants carefully hidden under Low Gro Sumac. The Woodland Tulips and Lady Jane’s are coming up, too.


Next month (gasp) Poppies? They’re really growing. Don’t you just love all that fuzz?


I hope your garden is waking up, too, and the sun is on your face! All smiles.


What’s Blooming: Hocus Pocus Crocus

Wow, a few warm days, a little sun and “hocus pocus” we have Crocus! It’s magic. This morning the sun is gone and fog has drizzled in.


Persistent Daffodils, now growing a couple of inches a day, force their way through Winter’s whipped grasses.


Fire and fog

The Crocus are drenched in dew and not even open – in anticipation of the snow in today’s forecast? But still their blooms exclaim and dot the garden. Maybe Mr. Rabbit and I are reaching an understanding as these have yet to be eaten.




I just commented on Donna’s garden at Gardens Eye View – she has so much blooming and is not that far from me geographically – and now I must eat my words as I, too, have more going on than I thought! Glory of the Snow, Chionodoxa luciliae is blooming throughout the garden even in places where I’ve yet to clean up.


Glory of the Snow or Glory of the Obedient Stalks?

I cleaned up the Potager first so I could plant at every opportunity (the peas are finally sown!), but I haven’t cleaned up much else of the garden as it is water logged. Let’s just say the ground squishes beneath the garden clogs. I managed to get to this small area of the Woodland Edge yesterday before more rain because the Nodding Onions are poking their way through and upon closer inspection, (please ignore the Creeping Charlie) Scilla siberica ‘Spring Beauty.’



To my surprise my Daffodils have blooms(!) though they are still under wrap. They grow right before my eyes – inches a day. I swear they were just tiny nubs last I looked!


Daffodils beneath the monster Forsythia


Daffodil blooms still tightly under wrap

I should really map my bulbs as I have a few things coming up that I am not sure of. This may be a Woodland Tulip.


I am surprised to see tulips emerging. I’m not sure what variety this is.


Out front the first of the Reticulated Iris blooms right through the Russian Sage.


Last Fall I finally planted some Snowdrops and thought oh, I will look for those right away! But I could not predict last December’s ice storm and the glacial drifts that burdened the garden. This poor Snowdrop looks crushed! I hope it forms a nice clump one day.


I am anticipating the first Service Berry, Amelanchier laevis blooms. They look ready.


I will be so deflated if it snows and sticks after this morning’s walk (no socks!) through the gardens and the sight of all these happenings on Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. Another gracious thank you to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting.


What’s Blooming

I believe these are Glory of the Snow, Chionodoxa. I planted them for the first time last fall and they are just beginning to pop up. They should naturalize over time.

The daffodils should open any minute! They are starting to fill out and form nice drifts.

Another new addition last year, scilla ‘Spring Beauty,’ a brilliant blue. The new, tight balls of blooms remind me of berries.

Most of my reticulated iris and early crocus are already done blooming, with the exception of Blue Pearl crocus. Blue Pearl is in its first year and I hope it naturalizes over the next few years to form bigger clumps.

Garden bloggers’ bloom day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens the 15th of each month. Stop by and add your blog to the list so we can see what’s springing up in your garden.