Storey staffers share scenes from their spring gardens after a long, hard winter finally begins to loosen its grip.
If you’re a regular reader of the Storey blog, you know that each year, on the fifteenth of every month between April and October, our staff (and sometimes our friends and family members) join in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. We post photos of what flowers are bursting forth in our yards and gardens and neighborhoods. Over the years, these posts have become something of a time capsule — of the migration of birds, the arrival of insect pollinators, and of our weather patterns.
As I type this, there are parts of the country just digging out from a powerful spring blizzard. Here in New England, we are facing Winter Weather Advisories for the next few days. So it should come as no surprise that, when I sent the call for April Bloom Day photos out to my colleagues, a number of them responded dryly with photos of their gardens still buried under snow.
We had to look long and hard for signs of spring flowers. A lot of us found aptly-named snowdrops. A few spotted crocuses. But there simply isn’t much else happening yet where we are. In our hunger for blooms, several of us turned our attention indoors — to happy houseplants and greenhouse seedlings, and to spring buds brought in and forced to flower in the warmth of our homes.
All of this is to say, we’re more than ready for spring to show its true colors. What about those of you in other corners of the country? What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor