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Early Flowers

Crocus Cyclamen coum Hellebore 'Merlin' Snowdrop Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Is Winter Over?

Iris reticulata 'Harmony'

It is not even February yet but you would not guess that by the weather and the flowers that are blooming. Yesterday, the dwarf iris started blooming. These were planted last fall.

Hellebore 'Merlin' has been blooming for weeks. I added another last year and it has a fat bud on it. I believe it is 'Berry Swirl'.

Hellebore 'Merlin' 

Hellebore 'Berry Swirl'

More winter interest -

Heather (Calluna vulgaris 'Firefly')

Heather (Calluna vulgaris 'Multicolor')

(Gaultheria procumbens 'Berry Cascade')

Mahonia 'Charity'

What is blooming in your garden?

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Hahahahaaha... Winter is still here. I do have a Galanthus nivalis blooming and buds on some of my hellebores but no other blooms. It is 40F here today. Crazy for January. Your blooms give me hope for the near future.

  2. It seems like the smaller the iris, the earlier it blooms. Those baby blue ones are lovely. Hellebore is blooming in my garden too, getting me excited for the upcoming gardening season, and the low growing heather that is practically Glowing this time of year (mine is called blazeaway)!


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