07 March 2010

An Early Spring

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When I got home this morning (by which I mean Saturday), I looked to see if the reticulated irises were peeking through the ground yet. Nada.

By the time I slept a few hours, though, and went back outside in the afternoon, they had magically appeared. This first crocus was also pushing up:

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The iris is always the first blossom of the spring in my beds and has come up a little earlier each year, but last year it didn't blossom until March 15. I was in India at the time, but I had David watching for it and he sent me a pic. This year, the daffodils are leafing out and already have flower buds, and my Florentine tulips are leafed out nicely, though I haven't noticed flower buds yet. The Dutch & Siberian irises and daylilies are also putting up leaves already.

The reason for the early start this year is, of course, the lack of snow cover, which is not entirely a good thign, in my book. Still, I can't change it, so I'm just going to go with it. Tomorrow is supposed to be a beautiful day, so I intend to spend it doing yardwork and cleaning out those beds.

11 comments:

Alwen said...

I have snowdrops and that's about all right now. We didn't get as much snow as last winter, but we got plenty to keep things dormant and under cover. (We still have snow.)

Chris said...

Dang. We still have plenty of snow on the ground, even though it's been in the low 40s during the day for the past week or so, with lots of sun.

kmkat said...

Heh. We have snowdrop, too, if by "snowdrop" you mean hunks of snow that have dropped off the roof.

Lisa/knitnzu said...

I've been doing some yard work that I usually do in May. Feels SO weird. We have some green poking up (day lilies, rhubarb, a bit of iris). Mostly what is actively growing though is the goutweed. UGH. Kind of hoping we get a hard freeze and it'll die. Especially since I raked off the leaves and old stems covering it. Somebody sent me a recipe for goutweed soup, so maybe we'll eat some of it this year.

Miss Trudy said...

Thanks for sharing those lovely photos. Those vivid colors sprouting look so full of promise, don't they?

MollyBeees said...

Beautiful ! Beautiful! The color of my new sneaks! Thanks for the taste of spring!

JoVE said...

still lots of snow out here in the country, though Mat planted lettuce and stuff in the cold frames this weekend. But the snowdrops were out at the city house

Tallguy said...

We've been enjoying +10C this past week, and it's been quite wonderful. But today, there were a few fluffy white things flying around, and the temp dropped dramatically. It's not over yet! Sorry to do this, but a cold front it going to be moving out your way in about 3-4 days. Cover up those flowers!

MaryjoO said...

oh, then there is hope for my irises ... the leaves are green, but no color yet. (which is a way of saying thanks for the photos, which I find cheerful!)

Jabacue said...

I have snow drops as well and have noticed the buds on the magnolias are starting to bulge.

Luuworld said...

what a great sight. i love it when plants pop up after a long winter. go spring! :-D