Not Yet Spring Thaw

A receding Arctic blast reminds us that Spring thaw is many weeks away. It’s evident when trying to retrieve a bit of last season’s potting soil for a houseplant. It’s stored outdoors. Not only is the loose potting soil frozen solid, but the scoop is hard frozen in the mixture too!

We can still think about spring plants this Valentine’s Day. Let’s look at some flowering spring plants that grow in our region. Maybe one will inspire a plan for future seasons. Below are a few options.

Hellebores, perennials from the buttercup family, are one of the first signs of spring here.


Annual Pansies may survive the late snows this winter. By hot days of late spring, they become somewhat dormant but in shade, they may revive for late fall color.


These delicate Bleeding Hearts with lime-color foliage last beyond their spring blooms in part shade.


Daffodil bulbs planted this fall will delight you next spring. Deer and rabbits seem to avoid them.


Peonies perennials in flowerbeds have cut flowers too.


Flowering trees such as Crabapple add large bouquets of blooms to a yard and attract early pollinators. The lower trunk is protected from rabbit damage in winter and a small fence protects the limbs of young trees from deer. Birds enjoy the fruit in fall. The small tree that will bloom for decades in understory cover of taller trees that leaf out later, so the blooms are easily seen. The crabapple is also a little protected from wind and weather.


Do tell us about your favorite spring flowers!

Thanks for visiting Plant Exchange Blog where we wait for spring.






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