Spring Slowly Gains Momentum
Spring around here has not had its breakthrough moment, but it is making progress. This past weekend there was still a distinct chill in the air, but at least the sun was out. (Please note that I took today’s photos, so they are not up to our usual standard).
Some of the first Species Tulips were in bloom, like Tulipa turkestanica. This is one of very few Tulips that actually naturalizes in our garden.
And the deep red Tulipa praestans, shown here cuddling up with more T. turkestanica. Unlike T. turkestanica, T. praestans has been gradually fading away.
As for the Daffodils, their flower buds are opening at a rather sluggish pace. Incidentally, I notice that many of our Daffodils are the variety above with white petals and pale yellow crown. It seems to be longer-lived than other Daffodils in our garden, but I can’t remember its name. Anyone have an idea?
There are also a few of these. I think this is called ‘Ceylon’.
Narcissus buds are swelling in the Parkway Bed, but there are still just a handful of blooms – not much more than last weekend.
The Siberian Squill (Scilla sibirica) is filling in somewhat.
As are the Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis).
The Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) is blooming, before the Forsythia and just about every other flowering shrub around here.
It really does have a pretty flower, even if rather understated.
In addition to flowers, we’ve also got other plants finally emerging from their underground slumber. Here’s a selection, starting with Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum).
Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis). The Columbines are very robust in this particular spot. Lots of moisture and part shade.
An unknown variety of Poppy (Papaver), given to me by my friend Linc.
Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum).
And last but not least, Virginia Bluebell (Mertensia virginica), with its blue-tinted leaves.
Overall I’d say we’re 3-4 weeks behind what we would generally consider a normal year. However, a late Spring is far preferable to none at all.