Monday, April 2, 2012

Early Spring Flowers have Come and Gone!

I can't believe the early spring flowers have bloomed and wilted so fast! In that extreme warm two weeks we had, the aconite, snowdrops and crocus all bloomed almost immediately, then wilted in the unusual heat before I even got a picture of them (they are adapted to cold early spring weather after all). Now the tiny dwarf iris, primrose and squill have equally had their moment in the sun and disappeared. It's disappointing, because these bright flowers in early spring normally stay around for a while, and are such a colourful harbinger of warmer days in the garden to come.

One of our favourites, a small primrose. These appear quite early with small clusters of pink, purple or bluish flowers, and bright green leaves. We have several of them along the front edge of the garden where they welcome spring.

My own personal favourite is the dwarf iris, a tiny little flower that blooms before its leaves appear, standing only a few inches tall; we also have a few yellow ones.

Finally, a new addition to our garden, a striped squill, perhaps an unusual flower to many, but a nice spring bulb that appears equally early in the garden.

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