Friday, 24 April 2015

Spring Blooms!

Tulips and daffodils are only barely poking out of the ground, but there are other flowers already in bloom!  I visited Margaret's garden to see some of them in full colour. 

Little bulbs with big impact

Iris riticulata 'Harmony', a bulb iris, is a familiar (if scaled down) bloom on 10 cm stems.

Galanthus (Snowdrops), (with Stardust fame) come in various sizes.  This one is only 10 cm tall.

Iris riticulatus 'Harmony'
Galanthus (snowdrops)

Scilla siberica or Squill are dainty, delightful, and a true blue!  

Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill) in bud.
Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill) in bloom.

Margaret had two different colours of Glory of the Snow Chionodoxa
 Chinodoxa luciliae (Glory of the Snow)
Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow)


Crocus also makes an early appearance (though unlike the rarer fall-flowering one, also has leaves).

Perennials and Native Bee-uties

Pulmonaria (Lungwort) and Hepatica (Liverleaf) are both perennials.  But only the later is native to North America. 

Pulmonaria (Lungwort)
Hepatica (Liverleaf)

The "Hungarian violet" and Viola Tricolor (Johnny-Jump-Up) are prolific seeders (and likely to survive our winters), so even though they're pretty, they're also weeds!

"Hungarian Violet"
Viola Tricolor (Johnny Jump Up)

My favourite of the day (and perhaps also for the bees -- look closely, there's one there!), is the Native Prairie Crocus (Pulsatilla).
Pulsatilla (Native Prairie Crocus)

What's blooming in your spring garden?

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