Slowly but surely, spring is starting to feel like Spring. We had rain pretty much all weekend, but I was able to sneak out during a break in the precipitation to take some photos in the garden.
There are still patches of purple Crocuses in the Sidewalk Border. Can’t remember if these are Tommies (Crocus tommasinianus) or C. vernus but I suspect C. vernus.
Here and there one or two yellow Crocuses are still blooming, and a handful of the beautiful sky blue C. chrysanthus ‘Blue Pearl’, which is a species Crocus.
Some maintain that Crocuses are a very ephemeral pleasure, but I find that this is not always true. During a cool spring they can last a reasonably long time. Also it seems that small differences in microclimate (particularly the amount of direct sun) can make for substantial variations in bloom time, thus extending the Crocus season.
Much of the earliest foliage of the Hellebores (H. orientalis) was damaged by the hard frosts of mid-March. New foliage is emerging, though, along with the first flowers. These Hellebores are entering their second spring. I took an early dislike to Hellebores for some reason, but eventually my perspective changed and I planted several in the back garden.
One of the garden blogs I read regularly (but I can’t remember which one!) offered a tip on how to photograph upward facing Hellebore blooms: use a small twig to prop up the stem and flower. It works very nicely. Whoever you are, I apologize for not offering credit where it is due!
The Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), also, still have a few blooms, though most have faded away.
Dagnabbit! I am starting to feel like Elmer Fudd in my growing frustration over the predations of the evil rabbits. (Don’t say they are cute! They are the spawn of Satan!) Here you can see they have been chewing on the striped foliage and right through the flower buds of my Tulipa kaufmanniana ‘Early Harvest’.
I would get myself a shotgun but a) it would be a violation of city ordinances; and b) those shotguns never seemed to work well for poor old Elmer.
Many of the Daffodils now have clearly visible buds, and just two or three have started to turn yellow.
Here’s a patch of ‘Tete a Tete’ Daffodils, along with some new Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) foliage.
Oh, and you can see the first signs of the Siberian Squill (Scilla sibirica) flowers.
Other spring flower foliage now visible includes Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum).
And Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica).
And you can see the hairy new leaves of the nameless orange Poppy (Papaver), given to me by my friend Linc. In lieu of the official name, I just call it Linc’s Poppy.
Finally, the Forsythia are now thisclose to bursting into bloom. Spring is undeniable when the Forsythia are in flower.
Is spring gaining momentum in your garden?