Wednesday, April 16, 2008

More Shades of Lavender

I'd better have something yellow by the end of this week or I'm going to burn everyone out on shades of purple! I was hoping to get some shots of the newly opened Daffodils today, but a powerful low pressure system literally BLEW through the state today and winds were fierce until after sundown. I did see the Daffodils waving at me in the wind though...

These are two varieties of the 'Giant Dutch' crocus, which are later blooming species (but not by much!) than the Snow Crocus and much larger (at least in crocus terms!). I can't remember what the first variety (the lavender one) is called, but the second flower I know is called 'Pickwick.' (Always easy to remember due to the Dickens reference.)

We have some others blooming currently (including some gorgeous white ones) that I hope to shoot before they're done, but the last few days have been so windy and/or gloomy I haven't gotten to them yet. Anyway, Fernymoss took these on 13 April, 2008 during his photographic garden inspection.

In other bulby news ... we think the 'Crown Imperial' Fritillarias are breaking through, and we think we'll know for sure later this week. The Hyacinths are up and looking all 'Alien-y' ... squill are popping up all over and a few of the Globe Alliums are also up ... seems like there's something new to discover every day. Too bad I don't have the time to inspect every day ... seems that lately all the nice days during the week are work days and I don't always get out at that point in the day. We'll get in the groove more regularly once the chilly days are gone for the season. Ack, so much clean up still to be done!


FARfetched said...

The chill hangs on, but spring pushes on, huh?

Boran put up a shot of a potted squill (he thinks) on his blog.

boran2 said...

IVG, Thanks for your squill research. These are more beautiful crocuses. I wasn't aware that there is so much variety.

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Hey there FAR, B2!
Actually it made it up to 78 here today FAR, but supposed to be back to cool and rainy the next couple of days (at least low 50's). Actually when I was out after work today, I thought that we could use another nice rain because some areas do look a bit on the dry side.

B2, that was actually fun to research and I learned about a plant I'd never seen, much less heard know anything about. Ain't Wikipedia grand? :-D

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Oops, forgot to mention where I got these back in 2005 from Van Bourgondien (link in sidebar, and McClure-Zimmerman is also great).

I think I must have gotten this mix and some more solid colors from them. Take a look at their collection ... the main page will say 'out of stock' but click on the links and you can see them in more detail.