Things are — not surprisingly — slow to come up and bloom this year. My neighbor’s crocus is in bloom and the crocus bulbs I planted last fall have foliage but no blooms yet. My Siberian squill is also blooming, but that’s about it.
I visited the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum yesterday to attend a super-informative program on pollinators, the threats they face and what gardeners can do to help. (More on that later this week at Notes from Northern Gardener.) Before the conference, I checked out some of the grounds to see what was blooming. A few daffodils where blooming near the entrance drive to the arboretum and the foliage was up for tulips, more daffodils, peonies and lots of other early summer bulbs and plants. Blooms? Not so much. I did find this beautiful grove of forsythia in full bloom, one small stand of Iris reticulata and lots of the pretty blue squill. There was also a wild turkey, strutting around the garden.
Is anything blooming in your northern garden yet?