Friday, February 20, 2009

Could That Be a TULIP I See?


After reading so many wonderful blog posts about signs of spring in areas south of us, and even a couple not all that far south of us, I just had to go out and see what I could find in my own gardens.

I looked for some crocuses in all the usual places, but there was nary a one...




Then I tried to find signs of hyacinths but they were not there...



And then I walked around to the south side of the house and found spears of daffodils!



Nearby, some tulips were peeking through...



So spring is on the way after all! I continued to look around and there were more spring signs...


The 'Dragon's Blood' Sedum has started freshening up its burgundy foliage and the Sempervivums are showing signs of green in the center of their winter brown.


Yet another sedum is turning green.


There were areas where the leaves had blown into a fairly deep pile, so I removed some of them and I found some new Columbine (Aquilegia) growth.


The Sundrops (Oenothera) are up and running.


Now here's a bright and shining perennial that looks as good in winter as it does in summer. Yes, this is really how it looks all winter long. It's 'Kelly's Gold' Campanula and along with another Campanula, 'Dickson's Gold,' they really provide a bright spot in an otherwise dull and brown landscape.


It's late in the winter and we're ready to be done with it. One more week of February and the fickle month of March will be upon us. In March, anything goes. And THAT means it truly is spring and we'll find many more visible signs of it in the garden.


16 comments:

Earth Girl said...

Um, Kylee, I just a little to the west of you and all my emerging spring treasures are under 5 inches of snow. Are you coming to see the Renegade Gardener at the Allen County Home and Garden Show?

Muum said...

Ah, signs of spring. we still have plenty o' snow around here... but it is almost March...

GardenJoy4Me said...

Kylee you are about 4 weeks, I think, ahead of me here in Kingston.
I also have Dickson's Gold and that shocking blue/purple bell flower against it is amazing : )
They really brighten up the garden !

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

How exciting to see signs of spring!

Kerri said...

Yes, the signs are there. Isn't it encouraging? I've seen the little shoots of snowdrops and spears of daffs. I must go out and look for tulips!
We have bright sunshine today. That helps to keep the impatience at bay :)

Rosehaven Cottage said...

YAY! You have daffodil and tulip heads peeking out of the soil. I always like finding those in the garden.

You asked about the name of the blue hyacinth I have... alas, I don't know. I planted them back before I learned that I needed to document everything that I planted. I know I bought them as part of a variety pack at Wal-Mart (of all places). I'm sure that doesn't help at all.

Hugs,
Cindy

P.S. Thanks for persevering through my micro-climate post... I glazed over just having to write the thing. ;)

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

You are so funny Kylee, always look at the bright side of life.
I love your hm... daffodils.

Soon, very soon Kylee they will be in full bloom.

Tyra xoxo

notsocrafty.com said...

I really like the sedum, the colors are so pretty.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Oh, this is cruel and unusual punishment...here I am being blasted with yet another weather insult, and you have green things growing in your yard? I only have that in my breadbox...

Diana said...

Whooo hoo for you! That is so exciting, and not just one or two things, but several of them. Looks like your daffodils are well on their way. I have the same sedum turning red in my rock bed. I sure wish we could grow tulips here, but it's just not cold enough in the winter. I'll have to come take a peek at yours.

Kylee said...

Earth Girl ~ You are also a little north of me, and not too far north, they got more than we did. When Romie got up this morning, we didn't have a bit of snow on the ground, and even now, it's not much.
Mom and I are definitely going to the Home and Garden Show next weekend, but we haven't even discussed when. I'll have to take a look at the schedule. Are you speaking?

Muum ~ Yes, it IS almost March! YAY! That will undoubtedly still mean snow, but April is after March, so it's a good thing!

Joy ~ 'Dickson's Gold' is fabulous, isn't it? I wish it spread faster though. I've got campanulas that spread very quickly, like 'Pink Octopus.' I love campanulas in general.

Catherine ~ It's better than NOT seeing them! LOL

Kerri ~ I can't believe my snowdrops aren't up yet!! I thought they would be one of the first I'd see. But the tulips and daffodils that are up are on the south side of the house, so that's why. None of the ones in other locations are up at all.

Cindy ~ I have a few of those things in my garden too, Cindy. No name - just pretty!

Tyra ~ No, they won't be in bloom all that soon. The ones on the south side of the house always do this. They come up, stay just like that for quite a few weeks, then take up again where they left off. I guess they know better than to actually try and bloom when it's too cold.

notsocrafty ~ Aren't they? I'm a big fan of sedums.

jodi ~ LOL! Don't worry, jodi, they won't be blooming anytime soon. They tease me like this (on the south side of the house) every year. But it's something!

Diana ~ These particular daffodils are much like a woman in labor - things quickly get under way and then they slow waaaaay down and take their time before they finish growing and finally bloom. Well okay, that was a stretch, but it's how my first labor was! LOL

Sue said...

I had to laugh at Jodi's mention of green in her bread box.

Those are lovely signs of spring. I may have to get some sedums. Those are pretty!

Wayne Stratz said...

spring emerges slowly for those with eyes to see. I have several crocus blooms and several other bulbs have emerged.

Ilona said...

Spring is coming! Your garden proves it.

I don't know why but sedums up close are like something from an alien planet. I love them though... I have a few of the same kind.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

It's official: your garden is waking up from it's deep winter sleep. It's very encouraging to find green things poking out of the earth, isn't it?

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

There's something so uplifting about seeing those little green spears poking up out of the soil. Even though more snow comes, just knowing that, underneath it all, there are plants just waiting to grow makes it so much easier to get through the rest of winter.

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