Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Fleurs du Jour

Every day brings a new bloom it seems. Just yesterday I commented that I didn't have any irises close to blooming. I know that Iris reticulata are the first to show, but I only noticed very recently that they were even a little bit out of the ground.

Leave it to my plant children to make a liar out of me:

Iris reticulata 'Harmony'

And just a few yards away, the
Chionodoxa began opening to show their "glow in the dark" blooms:

Chionodoxa luciliae

That was today. Late yesterday I noticed the species crocus
were blooming. These are probably my favorite of the crocuses:

Crocus sieberi subsp. sublimis 'Tricolor'

The first blooms of the Double Snowdrops were so exciting when I saw them! They seem so passé now. But this just means that spring is on a runaway train and I'm along for the ride. Whee!


Anonymous said...

That's precisely my feeling, too -- once it finally arrives, we're all out of breath trying to keep up to it! :-) Your blooms are lovely.

Brenda Pruitt said...

Hadn't thought of it that way. But they are our plant children, aren't they? We coddle them and stress over them. Yep, they're just like our children!

Sheila said...

My favorite colors! Very pretty!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I just love the reticulatas. Now that I've gotten some ideas on how to camoflage their lengthening foliage, I'm ready to get some. I can't believe how blue that Chionodoxa is! The one my sister grew was a pale, sky blue. That's smashing. I had the same Crocus, but I can't find it this year. I don't know if it's late or fell victim to squirrels.

Connie said...

CUTE crocuses!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

All it takes is a few warm days and things change very quickly in the garden!

Kylee Baumle said...

Nancy ~ I just love this time of year when spring is bustin' out all over!

Brenda ~ Exactly! It was Jodi of bloomingwriter that first used that term plant children, I think.

Sheila ~ It seems that purple is the dominant spring color here at the moment. But when the daffodils begin, it will switch to yellow!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter ~ I think Carol has that pale blue one. There's a difference in the Chionodoxas in how many flowers are on a stem, too. Mine are larger than the usual blooms but there are fewer of them on each stem. That blue is exactly like that. That's why I said they almost glow in the dark. It's sooooo intense!

Connie ~ They are cute, aren't they? :-)

Robin ~ Isn't that the truth?

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Hang on to your wig Kylee. There is no stopping spring now. It is so exciting to walk the garden every day now. Something new to look at at every turn.

Kit Aerie-el said...

So pretty! And a sign that spring is really arriving!

Barbee' said...

The little bulbs hold special places in my heart! I love seeing yours.

Benjamin Vogt said...

Argh! Where are MY crocus and reticulata? I have some green corcus leaves poking up, but something eats them. The irises, after some digging alongside the local aquirrels, are still trying to get to the surface. SLOW.

Diana said...

It's amazing how fast things are popping into bloom these days. I like that you think of them as your plant children. Your irises are stunning - love those dramatic markings.

Shady Gardener said...

Those little iris reticulata are so colorful! I have four varieties blooming today! :-) Yea, Spring!!

Kerri said...

Lovely, lovely blooms! I have yet to plant Iris reticulata and chionodoxa.
Your crocuses are so pretty. I noticed mine just peeking through a couple of days ago, so I'll have blooms very soon. Yes, it all goes so fast once it begins. Yay, spring!

Wayne Stratz said...

I've got the others in bloom but I have no Chionodoxa and your photo has me intrigued

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