29 March 2007

First Flower!

I'm dead tired and about to go to bed. But I couldn't without sharing this photo of the first flower to open in my flower beds. I came home from work this morning to find it. It's not a crocus, as one might expect, but rather an Iris reticulata, a tiny, extremely early species iris that propagates by bulb rather than by rhizome.

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I love these. They're very hardy - essentially zero care - and even though the blossoms are fairly short-lived, they're just gorgeous and such a welcome splash of color. You can see a second one coming up that will probably be open by tomorrow.

Spring really is here.

8 comments:

Scoutj said...

After living in VT & NH for most of my life I know how exciting it is to see the first flower of Spring. :)

Julie said...

Gee, I don't know, Mel. I'm only a few minutes away from you and I haven't seen a single flower of any sort in my yard. Not fair!

Lee Ann said...

Maybe my monitor is wonky...but it looks like a Mel Sweater Flower.

JoVE said...

That is beautiful. I have some snowdrops up.

knitnzu said...

My botanist husband keeps saying that is not an iris in bloom in maine on march 29! Is it under glass or something?

SamD said...

OOoohh how jealous I am of your Siberian iris! Mine are only inch-high little green shoots.

Although I did see blooming crocus in two separate yards yesterday.

Liz said...

oh, my, I love irises. Yay, spring!

(erm, dontcha love the existential-ness of Blogger's "choose an identity" prompt? Yes, I do believe I will choose another identity today, perhaps one with better hair...)

FiberQat said...

So pretty. I love that variety of iris. Can't get them to grow worth beans in my yard.