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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Happy Days are Here!

Yesterday, I found something new had opened...


Yes, that's an iris reticulata...and as you can see below, more blooms to come...


Out of curiosity, I looked back at some photos from last year...I didn't take any on March 6, 2008....but, from March 5th....guess what was in bloom....right, the same iris reticulata that was open here yesterday....as well as another variety of iris reticulata which as of yesterday wasn't yet in bloom. Some more of the things I found last year that are also open now are...guess what.. hellebores and crocus....it's a wonder how consistent things can be...year to year...

I have to get out and remove the old foliage from the hellebores...today is supposed to be very nice...here are three from yesterday...I tried to not get too much of that ratty foliage in the pictures...




I'm still waiting...(picture me with finger tapping on cheek...ha) for some of the very dark hellebores to pull out of their funk. As I mentioned before, they seemed to take winter particularly hard this year. I don't think I've seen damaged blooms before, but whatever...

This is a patch of nivalis (snowdrops) that I believe I received from Temple Nursery year before last. Look how they have increased! They're tiny things...at least now...but still nice to see...


Strong, even after the snow storm, is a fancy one from Temple Nursery, Sam Arnott...much larger than the simple nivalis...hopefully, Sam will grow even larger...


This one, Viridapice, took the storm a bit more personally, but I was happy to be able to take its picture...even from the side...


This is one of the little groups of crocus from a day earlier, now captured a bit more open...


more...



Their time is so short, I try to celebrate them as much as possible. Now, where are the purples?? Coming, I'm sure, as are some of the giant white....to each its time (just hard to be patient when it feels so like spring)...

Lots of things are emerging...including chickweed and henbit...I've been watching some of the daffodils (I've decided that my February Gold must not be....must be an imposter...as it never blooms in February!)....wondering who will be first this year...


I love this time of year! I'm actually looking forward to going outside and pruning roses, pulling weeds and checking everything out....even though (sorry, dear) I should go grocery shopping...we can always have something delivered...right?? (Just kidding DH...in case you see this...all is under control....grilled tuna, a yummy salad, and....well, whatever else I can find!)

Off to get dirty....

6 comments:

Chandramouli S said...

They all look cheerful! Wonderful! Joyful! Especially the crocus! The bright Yellow ones look great. My crocuses are getting brown at tips - I'm suspecting it's due to lack of water. May be I should start watering twice a day.

Shady Gardener said...

Wow! You're definitely way ahead of us up here in Iowa! Your little Iris look exactly like my Lady Sheila Ann Germaney Iris. They are just now poking through the soil. They are lovely! (As are all the rest of your early Spring blossoms!) Thanks for sharing. :-)

Sue said...

Our seasons look to be similar, as I have some of the things you do, looking to be at around the same stage, like the crocuses and daffodils. I do not have those lovely hellebores, but tomorrow, if I go with my husband to my sister's to pick some boxes up for our son, I hope to look to see if hers are blooming, and if there are any seedlings coming up.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

That iris is such a lovely variety. I must look for that someday. My helebore plant is the dark purple and still doesn't have the flowers opened, but after today, it shouldn't be long. It was gorgeous! We did some yardwork here, too;)

Colleen Wms said...

I just noticed the same iris reticulata you have pictured on this post blooming at my house today! March 8. They may have been there yesterday and I didn't notice because I was out all day.
Great pictures!

EAL said...

I've been seeing a lot of iris reticulata on the blogs, but these are the prettiest so far. Great flowers. My dark hellebores are just beginning to come out of the ground now.

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