Sunday, April 20, 2008

You KNOW What It Is . . .


... but you may not have seen it in this stage of development. This is the first time I've looked this closely at it and I'm really glad I did. I love the spiral seams that will open one day soon. I don't think I've ever paid much attention to the veining in the leaves before either.


So...want to take a guess as to what it is? I doubt that I could have gotten it correct had I not been down on my knees doing something nearby and glanced over at it. I'll bet many of you will guess it quite easily though.


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17 comments:

Hootin' Anni said...

:::blond moment::: You got me!! I haven't a clue.

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Rosie's Whimsy said...

At the risk of making a total fool of myself.....is it a Dogwood blossom?

Anonymous said...

Hyacinth

Sara said...

No idea...it's a great photo.

Planting Oaks said...

Oh! I think I do know what it is.
Virginia bluebells?

Amy said...

Wild guess here...lilac? It's a very lovely photo!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I agree with Planting Oaks, it's the native bluebells, Mertensia virginica. I think I like the flowers better at this stage than when they are in bloom.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Hmmmm good question. Hmmmmm. The leaves remind me of honeysuckle but you wouldn't be on your knees to see that, plus it is blue or purple. Hmmmmmmm I don't know.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Wait a minute, wait a minute, maybe it is a periwinkle???

Cinj said...

Amy beat me to it, but I immediately thought of a lilac too. Whatever it is, it's a wonderful picture. I LOVE the detail!

jodi said...

Trailing in fashionably late, but I too think it's Mertensia, just because of the colour in the leaves. I've never looked at a V. bluebell flower quite like this before, it's wonderful (whether it's that or not, it's a great photo)

Kylee said...

hootin' anni ~ Great to see you visiting, Anni!

Rosie's Whimsy ~ You have not made a fool of yourself, silly woman! But no, not a dogwood.

anonymous ~ Sorry - not a hyacinth. The color is right though!

Sara ~ Thank you!

Planting Oaks ~ DING! DING! DING! You're exactly right! I have a small grouping of them that I've had for three springs now and I absolutely love them. I'd never really looked closely at them when they're like this, though.

Amy ~ Not a lilac, but thank you for the compliment!

Mr McGregor's Daughter ~ You too are correct! Aren't they fascinating and beautiful like this?

Lisa ~ Not a periwinkle. There are probably a gazillion of our favorite flowers that we've never looked at when they're in the early stages. Kind of like looking at a person's baby pictures. Sometimes you can tell who they are and sometimes you can't!

cinj ~ Not a lilac, but thanks for the compliment! I love the detail, too!

jodi ~ Thanks! And you too are correct! I just love the spiraling of the buds, don't you?

PlantingOaks said...

There are so few things up yet in the garden when those are budding that I compulsively inspect them all. Ours are gorgeous in the spring, but literally look like a bomb hit them come June. All the tall stalks turn brown and fall flat and the plant just looks like a crater. They're even worse than the bleeding hearts.

Kylee said...

PlantingOaks, while ours die down, I don't think I've noticed that they got particularly ugly. Their location is next to a row of tall shrubs that are sparsely leaved at the bottoms (these belong to the neighbor). I've designated this area as our woodland ephemeral garden and is only planted with such natives. We've got May apples, wild geraniums, Virginia bluebells, Star of Bethlehem, Bloodroot, and some other gingery-looking thing with shiny leaves. By the time the grass in that shaded area next to it gets going enough to be mowed, these have all disappeared. Perfect!

Muum said...

That is a wonderful photo. I had no idea what it was, either. I always have a great time visiting your blog, thanks for the wonderful content!

Kylee said...

What a nice thing for you to say, Muum! Thank you!

Layanee said...

Kylee: I had to go out and check out the Mertensia! Mine is not as far along as yours but, it is clear, that is quite a flower bud. Thanks for seeing what is so obvious but overlooked! Maybe when my Mertensia gets a bit bigger I will take this shot for the archives!

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