Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Chionodoxa forbesii 'Pink Giant'

This bunch of plants had only one flower and several buds showing this past Sunday. Three fairly mild days later there's a bouquet.

The Chionodoxa, "Glory of Snow", is related to Scilla and Hyacinths. I think they compare favorably with Scilla. The name Chinodoxa is a scientific name which translates to "glory of snow". They are early bloomers and often appear through the snow. We had a very mild winter with very little snow so these have come up in rain and dew. They are plants of Asia Minor, from the mountains of Cyprus, Crete and southern Turkey. C. forbesii comes from southwest Turkey.

Squirrel update. I know, I know, you're all tired of hearing about the trapping but it's almost at its conclusion. Caught two more gray squirrels today #10 and #11. So that leaves only one black colored one. Unfortunately I saw another gray squirrel today so my count must have not been accurate or one caught previously made its way home or this is a new squirrel from the fringes of the neighborhood. So I have two more to catch. Jenn of the Garden Djinn mentioned that if I didn't take the squirrels more than a mile away they could find their way home. I measured the distance and it's about 1/2 mile away. I really hope I don't have to keep doing this all summer.


Blogger Entangled said...

Beautiful pictures of the rain on the Chionodoxa. I like Chionodoxa more and more every year, but don't have any of the pink ones. I'm thinking the pink, white, and blue ones mixed together in a planting might be nice.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anthony said...

I just paid someone to get rid of a squirrel that moved into my attic and they told me that their range is 5 miles. They also said, that you can use a dab of spray paint to mark the tail to see if you're catching the same squirrels over and over.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

I came upon your blog quite by accident, but stayed to investigate. I really like your blog and will continue to visit.

I'm fortunate that I don't have any squirrels -- yet. My trees are far to small to encourage squirrel visitors and with no protection from the owls, hawks and eagles, they prefer to stay in the woods around me.

I do have rabbits though. I have a pair of adults that keep having babies and the babies are always taken by the owls, hawks and eagles. So far, I've not had to trap any of them. (Knock on wood).

Lovely blog. I'm glad I found you.

If you feel like it, visit my blog...

9:24 AM  
Blogger Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Beautiful shots - I can almost feel the spring rain.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

I don't know where we bought the pink Chionodoxa Entangled, but I'm sure glad we did. I'll have to see about ordering the white and blue ones too. I do think they'll make a nice display. I used to like scilla more but I like them equally now.

We had the squirrel in the attic problem a long time ago. They can be very destructive up there, gnawing on wires, joists and ceiling material. Glad you got rid of yours quickly. 5 miles!? I see two more squirrels that we supposedly didn't have before #12 and #13 plus the black one so either these are returnees or more around the neighborhood filling the void. Maybe I really should spray paint their tails but they move around so darned quickly I'd probably end up spraying most of the squirrel :) I am taking them to the far side of the park now which is several hundred yards further away so I hope it will prevent them from coming back.


Hi Julie,
I'm glad you found my blog and found it interesting. I'll add you to my list of blogs. The list is mainly for my own reference so I can follow others' blogs otherwise I'd be lost. We actually cut down two large wild cherry trees and a mulberry tree in the backyard when we first moved here and also cut down another wild cherry and sassafras in the front yard. I guess the developer thought they were valuable ornamentals or "mature" trees so they left them standing. The cherries were all gnarly and twisted and threatened to drop large braches. The same with the sassafras. I actually like sassafras very much because of the layered look of their branches but the half dead tree had to go. So we don't have very many tall tree on our property but unfortunately one of our neighbors has a very big silver maple with a wild cherry growing right next to it and the squirrels absolutely love that setup. Lots of cavities in the trunks. I will visit your blog soon. Thanks for the comment.


Thanks Mr. McGregor's daughter. Rain is what we've had an abundance of this winter and now into spring. I love it and the evergreens love it too. Lots of things are getting ready to bloom so I'll be busy posting pictures for the next few weeks. Thanks for your comment.

6:17 PM  
Blogger tina said...

It is always so neat for me that when doing research on a new plant for my garden, I find a blogger who has highlighted that very plant. I really appreciate the first hand advice and experience. It is even neater when the blog is a name I recognize from Blotanical. Thanks for the info and I hope you don't mind I left a comment on here.

3:21 PM  

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