GBBD, just for the record


It seems worth acknowledging that garden bloggers throughout the colder zones are saying that many of their plants are at least a week ahead of schedule. Checking my archives on both Rant and my own blog, I see that I had nothing except hellebores and some amaryllis inside; everything else was in bud. Not so, GBBD 2010. 

This year, I have species tulips aplenty, tons of daffodils, scilla, erythronium, double bloodroot ready to open, and other spring perennials. Humilis Persian Pearl is shown at top, and I have another humilis (violacea) that has already gone in and out of bloom. On a recent walk, a local wildlife refuge (above) was also showing earlier signs of life than usual. 

Am I complaining? Hell, no! Could it be that Western New York is poised to enter a new era where we actually have spring? Seems too good to be true.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regular radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world, and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. In Seattle, I always think of Lilacs as Mother’s Day bloomers, yet this year, they’re already blooming. I almost feel like the NorCal I left behind over ten years ago has followed me north.

  2. I have Yellow Groove Bamboo with 21 new culm shoots, some are 12+” already. My plumeria are even tipping which usually doesn’t start until late May. I was optimistic this year and it’s pating off. All of the bananas are shooting which means early sales!!

  3. Love the Persian Pearl. I keep meaning to get that one.
    I for one love having a bit longer of a growing season. Beats the 4-5 months we usually get!

  4. We are well ahead of “normal” here in east-central Illinois! Green Dragon is up; some Jack in the Pulpit has been in bloom for almost a week.

    Green Dragon doesn’t normally bloom until well into May; the Jacks bloom about the end of April or so…

    Wild Geranium is in full bloom, Larkspur is starting, and Waterleaf is budding (another May plant!).

    On the down side…my wild tulips are almost done! 🙂

    It IS a beautiful Spring!

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