Flowers · Gardening

Spring Has Finally Arrived to the Greater Toronto Area, Canada.

I am sorry I didn’t write here for a while, but we had very long and quite cold winter and nothing interesting was going on in our garden. Only a couple of days ago the weather has finally warmed up and we are already in the 4rth week of April.

At the moment we have just some crocuses blooming in our garden and 3 of them have appeared about 2 weeks ago, but the rest was still waiting for he sun and higher temperatures.  A yellow one was first growing in a clump beside one of the roses on the right side of our garden. Then I have noticed 2 light purple appear on our lawn behind the house and one in front.

Yesterday I was uncovering our roses and cutting up some previous year’s dry flowers and I have discovered several more crocuses coming in various places in the garden. I don’t have their pictures yet, so maybe I will show them to you in one of my future posts. I also see some hyacinths coming, but they are not blooming yet.

We already had many crocuses blooming before the middle of April 2017. Here area few of them
We already had many crocuses blooming before the middle of April 2017. Here are a few of them.

Last year at this time we already had many crocuses and hyacinths there. However this year spring was very cold and over the previous weekend we had in GTA (Toronto area) and many other places in Ontario, a terrible weather with ice storm, freezing rain and snow. The rain continued on for about 4 days after the weekend. Not sure where is this Global Warming often mentioned in the news… Certainly not in Ontario as far as I can say.

The first one to come this year was garlic, which I have planted in the late fall and it has sprouted up around the middle of March. It was able to survive under zero temperatures, freezing rain, ice and snow storm.  I also see now chives coming back and some other perennials. Unfortunately it looks like several of our roses are probably dead. One of them is my favorite and also one of the best blooming Memorial Day Rose. Maybe they will still come back to life. I really hope so.

More crocuses in front of our house growing in April, 2017.
More crocuses in front of our house growing in April, 2017.

Here is more pictures from early spring 2017 from our garden and front of our house. This year there are no flowers blooming at all in front of our house yet. I see some of them coming so hopefully they will be blooming very soon.  Usually the flowers appear here a bit later than in the garden because the house is facing east, so is much less light coming from this side.

A quite mysterious looking flower has appeared last year in our garden in the middle of April. I don’t remember planting such flower. I think it might have been just somehow mutated hyacinth. I think it looked quite beautiful.

A mysterious flower appeared last year in our garden in spring
A mysterious flower appeared last year in our garden in spring 2017. Was it a mutated hyacinth?

In 2017 we had various colours crocuses and hyacinths growing in many places in our garden and later tulips have also appeared, along with many perennials.

Crocuses blooming in our garden in the middle of April, 2017.
Crocuses blooming in our garden in the middle of April, 2017.

Here is a white variety of hyacinth we had in our garden in 2017. I hope it will come back this year as well.

various colours blooming in the middle of April and for the next month or so. Here is a white one.
Last year we already had many hyacinths of various colours blooming in the middle of April and for the next month or so. Here is a white one.

Most of the hyacinths in 2017 were purple. Once these flowers come out they usually bloom for about 2-4 weeks, depending on the weather and they stay longer when the weather is cool.

For some more variety, I have added daffodils and more tulips last year and I hope they will be blooming in May.

Another pink hyacinth in our garden. April 2017.
Another purple hyacinth in our garden. April 2017.

We also had some light pink hyacinth growing in the middle of our garden in 2017 and in front of our house.

We also had light pink hyacinth variety. 2017
We also had light pink hyacinth variety. 2017. I hope it will come back this year too.

Here are some flowers in front of our house, which were blooming in the forth week of April 2017. As I have mentioned, now no flowers are blooming there yet, but it could be also because I had to remake these flowers beds last year while our new stairs were also build.

I have replanted the bulbs in October and added many more, but it might take them now longer to bloom because they are still getting established. However  I think the main reason why they bloom later this year is cold weather we had for so long.

Flowers blooming in front of our house in the beginning of May, 2017.
Flowers blooming in front of our house in the forth week of April, 2017.

Here is how flowers were blooming there in the end of April 2017.  They were really prolific.

Hyacinths blooming in front of our house in the end of April, 2017.
Hyacinths blooming in front of our house in the end of April, 2017.

This hyacinth was blooming in our garden in the end of April, 2017.

One of the hyacinth blooming in our garden in the end of April, 2017. It is now almost the same time of April while I am writing this post and so far there are not hyacinths blooming yet in the garden, as I have already mentioned.

I am waiting for hyacinths and more flowers and perennials to finally bloom in our garden and in front of our house this year. I am glad at least we can enjoy a few crocuses in the backyard. I hope spring flowers will be as prolific as last year, or even better, once they finally will come up in greater number.

Tell Us About Your Garden at this Time of The Year.

What flowers are already blooming in your garden? What are your favorite spring flowers?  Please share your thoughts with us.

What Has Inspired Me to Write this Article – the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – “Prolific”.

I was inspired to write this article by this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge prompt – “Prolific“.  I think this article works very well for this subject since spring flowers are really prolific.

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