Thursday, March 06, 2008

What a difference a few hours make!









I checked on the crocuses pictured in the previous blog in late afternoon and they were open! The few snowdrops also opened. The lavender/white crocus is my favorite but we planted lots more new varieties so we'll see if it remains my favorite. The primroses are still indoors.

14 Comments:

Blogger jodi said...

These are glorious...the primrose reminds me that I don't have any in the house yet, (it's still going to be weeks before there are any blooming outdoors around here.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Jodi,
All of our outdoor primroses are nowhere near blooming either, save one. We have a purple flowered one which has tried to bloom almost all winter. I hurriedly glimpsed a flash of purple when I passed the plant. The indoor ones look a bit ratty because we put back the really nice ones when we saw we could buy 5 past bloom plants for the same price. :) Thanks for your comment.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Pam/Digging said...

It looks like spring has sprung. Lovely flowers!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Pam,
I had trouble earlier today accessing your web site. It has happened sporadically before too so I thought I'd let you know. It came up nicely when I clicked your comment link now.

Indeed, spring is grudgingly awakening from its slumber. But still no blossoms on the usual harbinger the forsythias and certainly not anywhere close to your wonderful garden which seems to be like our garden in May! Thanks for stopping by.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Entangled said...

Yay! Snowdrops are nice, but crocuses are colorful. I'm so tired of gray and brown.

I was at a garden center yesterday and they were well-stocked with spring annuals - pansies, violas, and....primroses. Very colorful.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Entangled,
We planted quite a few of the snowdrops but these are the only plants which seemed to have survived. I think we had 3 flowers last year and the same amount this year. I envisioned a carpet of white nodding flowers. ;(

Isn't this kinda early for garden centers to sell outdoor plants? I guess it really is so much warmer in VA. It does seem like the stores are putting out plants much sooner than before - I guess to capitalize on the pent up desire for live plants and flowers. Anything to make more money eh?

11:49 AM  
Blogger Entangled said...

Ki, this particular garden center has a large covered area (sort of like a greenhouse with removable walls and roof) where they display the annuals very early. But around here, places like Lowe's will set out a rack of pansies on the first warm day. I was tempted to pick up a few pansies, but I think I'll wait a couple more weeks.

5:27 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Rats, I write a reply and I receive a Blogger message saying there was an error in posting the message this has happened more than once since yesterday.

Entangled,
Maybe the pansies in the garden center are the cold tolerant variety. We planted some a few falls ago and they started to bloom the following spring almost as soon as the earliest bulbs. They aren't long lived though nor did they re-seed so we don't have them anymore. However the wild Johnny-jump-ups we have are already blooming.

I'll make a copy of this reply so I won't have to type it again. ;)

9:06 AM  
Blogger lisa said...

Hooray for spring! Congratulations...we are having temps in the mid-30's...at least...finally. :)

11:52 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

You got walloped this year. I hope all your plants survived. Our crocus are playing peek a boo with the alternating 3 day intervals of warm and cold temps. Other plants are only grudgingly setting forth buds.

Did you ever get the orchid order from Shooting Star Nursery?

6:10 PM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Beautiful... and great pictures. I love the slanting light.

5:18 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Thanks Kim. The maple trees are setting out their leaf buds too. Spring is near. Can't be soon enough for you mid-westerners though?

5:56 AM  
Anonymous mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Those crocus photographs are especially stunning.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Thanks MSS. I just saw that the light lilac colored crocus has produced a tiny plant about 2 feet from the mother clump. I only noticed it because it's producing a very tiny flower. I don't know if the plant started from seed or more likely by transplanting a bulblet when digging around the mother plant. :) The accidental gardener.

4:12 AM  

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