“Three Indicators”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Today’s garden yielded more signs of an extra early spring. The climbing rose bush has several open flowers and many buds which, barring any freezing weather (which looks unlikely now), should be opening very soon. This is the climber that my mother rooted for me years ago and always has a ton of small pink flowers. Right now the flowers are a lighter pink than normal, but I am expecting that the others will open the normal medium pink.
All of the holly ferns have started putting out new fronds. I love the bright, spring green of the new ones. The contrast of the dark green and new green is very nice at this time of year. I guess it won’t be long now before I will have to start cutting off the older fronds.
Last, but not least, the amaryllis bulbs are starting to put out their buds. These are the red ones with a white center. These buds are the earliest and the tallest. I am a little surprised that they are up so high already. The solid reds ones are just starting to show; the solid whites ones are barely showing; Elvas is just starting to peep out; but Appleblossom still isn’t showing any buds. From the looks of things, there should be several weeks of successive blooms from the amaryllis bulbs. This will be the first year that they will bloom like that. I can’t wait to see how they all turn out.
These three plants certainly seem to be indicating that winter is over.