Monday, March 31, 2008

Galanthus Encore

We're still seeing some new snowdrops popping up in places, though in another week or two, they'll have likely disappeared until next year ... such is the garden fate of one of its earliest late winter arrivals. But we do treasure them for their brief reign over the still messy garden littered with leaf cover, from which they have little problem (if any) just punching their way through when they're ready!

These two little clumps are near the front of our original bulb bed we started out front years ago, and if we can get ambitious enough this season, we'd like to to totally overhaul it and build it up. But it all remains to be seen, because this particular bed is just loaded with small bulbs (crocus and galanthus), tulips and daffodils and a few stray fritillarias. In the first shot, if you look closely you can see even more crocus poking through the leaves on their way to their place in the newly warming Spring sun.

I consider the second shot a fortuitous mise en scène of these little plants emerging from their winter den ... I can almost see the nest where they spent their winter's nap below them, and it's as if they all woke up at different times and are arising from the darkness where they slept .... But alas, their waking period is oh too brief, and they'll soon hibernate again until the right moment again next Spring. To me, that's one of the most magical aspects of the spring bulbs ... they provide so much beauty and wonderment during their relatively brief appearances, only to vanish until the following year. When I think about it, it's a lot like Morel season ... it's brief, sweet and oh so delicious, but oh so short ... always leaving us wanting more.

Photos taken 29 March, 2008
Fuji Finepix 2650 -- soon to be replaced by the bigger, badder Fuji S700!
More to come ...


olivia said...

They are so beautiful ... so delicate popping up through the leaves.

I can't wait 'til you get that cam ... can just imagine the shots!

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

I keep telling ya, Olivia, you have to get some of these in next fall! */end nag* They really are morale boosters when you're so sick of the snow you could scream (and I know you are, lol!)

Yep, the S700 arrived today and I'm just beginning to get familiar with all it has to offer, which is plenty! I'm hoping it will really increase the quality of work I can do here, not only for my own satisfaction, but also for my faithful readers. hehe

Madison Guy said...

Thanks for stopping by. I like your blog. Don't know if you happened to scroll down to the snowdrops we had in Madison.

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