Winter has finally loosened its grip on the New Jersey area as temperatures remained steady above freezing for the first time this year. This weekend promises for more of the same and folks will be spending lots of time outside surveying their properties and/or enjoying time in gardens and parks. Spring is the time of rebirth as plants that have lain dormant sprout their first growth of the season. Even with the memory of snow showers in the past weeks, there are plenty of plants throughout NJ in bloom right now.

Here are a sample of some plants we found on a walk at a local NJ public garden.

Close up of Hellebore Orientalis 'Nigra'

Close up of Hellebore Orientalis ‘Nigra’

Hellebore Orientalis ‘Nigra’ White blooming Hellebore that is deer resistant and an early flowing plant.

Hellebore Orientalis ‘Nigra’ White blooming Hellebore that is deer resistant and an early flowing plant.

White Primrose in the foreground

White Primrose in the foreground

Hellebore

Hellebore