Lens-Artist Challenge #143: Colorful Spring

The larger bulbs, tulips and daffodils, get all the acclaim but I love the ‘minor bulbs’ of Spring, small flowers that come earlier even as the snow is still on the ground, flowers such as the early crocus I posted last week. Snowdrops (Galanthus) are the earliest in my gardens. Unlike my loudly cheerful crocus they are elegantly understated shy white and green nodding drops of ‘snow’.

Snowdrops “Galanthus”

To have a good look at Snowdrops you have to lay on the ground and pick up the ‘bell’ to look up it’s skirt to see what’s going on. Difficult to do during what is essentially mud season. Two years ago I indulged and spent a little more for a double variety.

Double Snowdrop

These minor bulbs look great naturalized in the woods but I have them tucked in corners of gardens. Here is a shot, Mid-March, of my one dedicated snowdrop garden. Like I said, they’re small.

Snowdrop Garden by the Shed

A little bit later the blue bulbs come up. This is still before the big bulbs. Chionodoxia is usually blue (I had some pink. Lost to a move.) and goes by the name, ‘Glory of the Snow’ as it often appears when snow is still around.

Glory of the Snow, ‘Chionodoxia’

These bloom almost simultaneously with Siberian Squill ‘Scilla siberica’. I don’t know which I love more. Depends on which one I’m looking at. The Squill seem to be hardier and multiply well.

Siberian Squill “Scilla siberica”

I had my dwarf iris, handed down from Grandfather’s sister, in a huge planter that ran the length of the house. The planter was crumbling and we replaced it with a wheel chair ramp/deck and I moved my Great Auntie’s wee early iris to my ‘iris’ garden and it did not come up this year..so far. It grew from rhizomes. This little guy, Dwarf Iris ‘iris reticulata’, grew from a bulb. He’s new to me. I’m in love.

Dwarf Iris ‘iris reticulata’

This spring Anemone was here when I moved. It was a delightfully unexpected gift waiting for me in the grass near the garage our first spring behind the dune. It comes back every spring as it self seeds. Last year I thought I should ‘catch’ some in a pot so I don’t lose it. I don’t know nothing about anemones. I’ve tried to purposefully grow them before and failed. For one thing, their root looks rather like a small flake of something from the cat box and it’s hard to tell which way is up when you are planting in the fall. There are several varieties in a wide range of colors. I’m so happy with my serendipitous blue. This thing is small by the way, between quarter-fifty cent piece size.

Spring Anemone ‘Anemone blanda’

I’m going to end today with daffodils. I love the exuberance of daffodils. I have so many varieties that I have them growing from early March through early June. I can indulge because deer do not eat them.

Daffodil ‘Barret Browning’, yeah, I don’t know the Greek

I am a crazy gardener. I have had many people, friends, neighbors, strangers, come by and comment on my gardens. I have to be careful health wise; when things are bad I garden laying down. My flowers bring joy to so many and feed pollinators (Yes, I plan to work in some native early blooming bushes for host plants.).

Once sailing season starts though, the gardens manage on their own.

#Lens-Artists Challenge: #143

Question..don’t I have to add a pingback link to the Challenge host?

EDIT: I forgot a minor bulb; Puschkinia Libanotica, Russian Snowdrop. (I didn’t know it was called Russian Snowdrop. You learn something new everyday.) I love this little bulb because it is shot through with della robbia blue. For those not in love with Italian Rennaisance painting and terra cotta works it’s sky blue.

Puschkinia libanotica

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28 thoughts on “Lens-Artist Challenge #143: Colorful Spring

    1. You are more than welcome. This home was a mono patch of grass when we moved in. There had been a gardener, quite a good one judging by what I’ve found coming up randomly over the years. But I work like a fool on the gardens…not as much as I would like to do but enough to make me want to get out of bed in the morning. πŸ™‚

      1. I really enjoyed the beautiful photographs.I have few flower plants for the summer like Zinnia,Zerbera,Lilies ,Pentas and bleeding heart only.It’s impossible to have such collection like yours so my eyes can feast on the lovely photography.Take care.πŸŒΉπŸ™

  1. I never thought to look under a snowdrop’s skirt. Lovely petticoats! I love early spring flowers. So full of hope and promise after a long, dark winter.

    1. I am so sorry. I plant these early minor bulbs and daffodils for they tend to do well when left alone. So many flowers and gardens need care. My day garden dereliction will come. But the sun is shining today.

      1. Ah….I was sorry for your loss of gardening. Once I get down on the ground I stay down, mostly on my knees, which you likely could not do now. As I said, on bad days, bad knee days, I have gardened on my belly.

    1. Thank you! Late fall and all of winter here is brutally gray. Seattle has more sunny days per annum than we do. I have put an embarrassing amount of money and effort into early season color. The pay-off is sweet. My neighbors enjoy it all too. Every walking couple slows down and lingers over my gardens to see what is up.

  2. Beautiful flowers. Your post also gave me a moment’s pause on my fact checking. I recently named a flower on my blog as Glory of the Snow. Now, after reading your post, I might have to go back, check it out more closely…I think it may be Siberian Squill instead.

      1. I checked in Google images. There is a difference in the middle of the flower. Glory of the Snow doesn’t have the long stamens, and mine does. Your flower name is correct, and I was so glad to find it and correct the error in my blog. Thanks!

  3. A couple of years ago, I got my wife also a portion of squilla seeds. Unfortunately, they are still not in the soil. Here they are called Blausternchen which translates to little blue star

    1. When I was growing up tulips and daffodils were considered an ‘exotic’ waste of time. Gardening was for food and money. When we moved to Michigan I was delighted by the proliferation of flowers and delighted by the staggering types and varieties. There are several bulb outlets/importers near me. I make great use of them. Enjoy your new bulbs and thanks for stopping by!

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