Sunday, April 13, 2008

My Favorite Spring Bulb


I love when the crocuses bloom, because that means if spring hasn't arrived yet, it won't be long. The brilliant golds and purples with winter's drab grays as a backdrop remind me of those black and white photos that have just one thing highlighted in color.

There are the snowdrops, too, which are often before the crocus and they charm me with their ruffled white petticoats colored and dotted with spring green.

And who could resist the reticulated iris, drenched in the deepest purple, dotted white, and striped in gold? Their tubular petals hold treasures deep within, meant only for pollinating insects.

But nothing makes me happier than when the chionodoxas are in full bloom, carpeting the ground with glow-in-the-dark periwinkle stars. I don't think a single person has passed by my small patch of them on the south side of the house without uttering an "Ah-h-h."


Yesterday, as I passed by the home of a physician and his wife in a small town near us, I had to stop and turn around to capture a few photos of the chionodoxas in their yard. I've been past the house thousands of times, and have never noticed these before. They've had to have been there for decades, due to the size and density of them, but I was probably intent on getting somewhere and failed to look that way and notice their beauty.




Must . . . plant . . . more . . .



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15 comments:

Connie said...

Kylee, Are you sure you shouldn't change the name of this post to "My Favorite Spring Bulbs" (plural)....just teasing. :-)
All are lovely!

garden girl said...

Gorgeous! must. . . plant. . . some! I haven't planted many bulbs in my current garden yet, (just daffodils - moved some around that were already here,) since I need to do some 'rearranging of the furniture' first. I hope to do that this spring, and then go nuts with bulbs this fall.

Kim and Victoria said...

I agree. Aaaahhhhhh........
Must plant more......

No Rain said...

The reticulated iris flowers are really pretty. I also like the chionodoxas. En masse, they do look like a field of stars.
Happy GTS,
Aiyana

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oh... my... goodness! Who needs a field of English bluebells if you have that many chionodoxas!

Nancy J. Bond said...

What a beautiful blue carpet! Lovely.

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Regards,
Declan in Richmond Virginia

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I have a little blue flower that naturalizes well I still can't figure out if it is the chionodoxas or Scilla. They favor to me.

Peter said...

What an amazing display! Now I'm really feeling the shame when I look out into my own measly "flowerbed" hehe. You sure know the way to inspire me into getting some hardcore gardening done!

Cinj said...

Beautiful! I love bulbs, but I need to find a way to make it so I can keep them blooming for more than one year. Mine get stolen by those hairy little busy tailed theives! Grrr.

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Now I have another great blue flower to hunt for and add to my collection! YAY!!!!

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Entangled said...

Oh wow! That's just magnificent!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

We all must plant more. I have one solitary plant. That just isn't right.

Karen said...

Just beautiful! I will have to plant some and I have the perfect place too.

Jessica said...

oh my gosh!! They are gorgeous! I get so excited about our little patch of like, 15 chionodoxas..lol!

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