Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Yippee! The Snowdrops Finally Appear!

We've been waiting for over a month now to see the Snowdrops emerge ... telling ourselves that this is the latest we've ever seen them ... Well, I was curious about last year's arrival date, so I went back to the archives and found this post. Looks like we were getting impatient last year too! But, after what has seemed to be an interminable winter, the Galanthus elwesii have finally broken ground ... now we know that winter is on its inevitable way out ....

These photos show a nice little patch that has been naturalizing in the back corner garden, along with the yellow crocus featured in the previous post. We're of the mind that you can never have too many
Snowdrops or Crocus in the garden ... they both naturalize freely in the garden and don't mind breaking through the winter dead vegetation and leaf cover, oftentimes literally spearing their way through to announce themselves, and with that the definitive arrival of the Spring bulb season.

I was out this afternoon after work getting some late day shots of some of the crocus out front and I noticed that lots of other bulbs are breaking ground ... tulips, daffodils and even more crocus are on their way to join the show! I'll be featuring them here (as usual) as they come into bloom, so there's lots more to look forward to in the next few weeks ...

Photos taken 21 March, 2008

6 comments:

FARfetched said...

woohoo! Looks like your ground is getting clear too!

The daffs have been blooming here for a week or two now, even though Mrs. Fetched said it snowed here Monday morning.

The flowering trees they plant in traffic islands around here are flowering too. I was going to get a pic one morning last week from the bike, but the light turned green too soon. :-P

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Hey FAR! That didn't take you long, lol ... good to see ya! I was off finishing my second post and doing some shopping at Amazon. Yep, I'm replacing my ailing (though eminently erstwhile) Fuji P&S camera with a much newer and snazzier model. (The S700 if you're interested in the model.) New one will have a 10x zoom and multiple exposure modes, so I'm sure the quality of the flower pics will soon improve around here! (Can you tell I'm excited? hehe)

We've hardly begun the clean up out in the garden yet and perhaps that's not such a bad thing right now, as we seem to be getting about one nice day a week, then back to chilly temps during the day and nights. It is, however, time to rake up the leaves and dead stuff from last season to make way for the show on the way ...

Yeah, know about the snow ... we had a dusting on Easter Sunday and quite the chilly day as well, but at least these early guys are tough and don't mind too much. The primroses are still looking haggard, but are staying green, just waiting for nicer days to arrive more consistently. And, (LOL), the yarrow and a few perennials are already up and green!

olivia said...

Oh wow ... these are beautiful!

And yay on the new cam!

FARfetched said...

Awright… new flowers, new camera, what's not to like? Now if we can just get Olivia (and Yooper) thawed out…

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Howdy toots! You should get some of these in the ground in the fall ... they're hardy up to Zone 3, so you're more than covered in Ottawa. They'll even happily spend the winter under the piles of snow (as ours did!) waiting for their moment to arrive.

Yep, Olivia and FAR, I'm already getting antsy for the new camera to arrive, just in time for the big bulb parade. I hope it will help improve the shots I can get of the flowers this year, though I shouldn't complain about the old cam because it was a real trooper for the last 5 years. I guess we always remember our first digital cams eh?

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

And YEAH, let's get Olivia and Yooper thawed out and snow free!!