Thursday, April 03, 2008

Shades of Yellow!

I stopped by Olivia's place earlier and discovered she beat me to the yellow factor for the day. Not that I had to counter or compete or anything, but I've had these shots in the can (so to speak) for a few days, but just haven't gotten them up yet. (Something about the arrival of the S700 slowed me down...)

Anyway, here are some more examples of the early "snow" crocus we have planted in various spots around the yard and garden. The first shot is a small clump of what I call "Butter Crocus" for obvious reasons ... they were part of a mix we planted back in 2005 during the massive bulb planting. These particular ones are along the sidewalk, along with some Grape Hyacinths and Spanish Squill ... at this point only the crocus are blooming but the Grape Hyacinths are up, and the Squill will come along a bit later (they're one of the last bulbs to bloom in the spring).

The second shot is the same variety that I first posted recently ... Golden Snow Crocus is what I call them, because I've long since forgotten the specific variety. This humble little clump is apparently the same variety, only it has moved out into the yard a bit, actually a good distance from the parent bulbs. I'm always delighted to discover little clumps of flowers that have moved around in the garden (can't wait for the Siberian Squill to show up soon!). To me, that's a sure sign they're doing well and like growing here. Good!

Finally, some more of the "Golden" variety planted in the original bulb bed, which is now filling in rapidly with more emerging crocus (including some of the Dutch Giants), daffodils and tulips. These aren't far from the Snowdrops I posted the other day, just to provide a bit of context. Even though the weather has been a bit on the too chilly side the last few days (especially Monday), things are still breaking ground and getting ready for their spring début ... I noticed that the two plantings I have of the dwarf tulips (in the big boulder bed) are already up as well ... still no sign of the big Hyacinths though ... hope to see those soon!

Photos taken with the Fuji 2650 on 29 March, 2008.

P.S. I just got my copy of Sweeney Todd today (along with my 2GB memory card for the S700) and we watched it in awe tonight. Wow, whatta musical! Of course I think Tim Burton has always had that in him (think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), but he really pushed the proverbial envelope in this one! Definitely not for the squeamish, but it's bloody good fun with an impeccable cast led by Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat and Ali G) even has a short, but incredibly fun turn as a poisonously unctuous rival barber. Alan Rickman (Prof. Snape from the Harry Potter films) also really shines as the villain who instigates the whole revenge plot enacted by Sweeney. If you're a fan of either Burton or Stephen Sondheim, you won't be disappointed by this film ... great singing, a little dancing, and a lot of gore. What more could you ask for?


FARfetched said...

Yay, IVG's getting flowers!

Those are about the size of wild violets, aren't they?

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Actually a little bigger than violets, but in that size range. And true to their name, snow crocus because it's been snowing here for about the last 2 hrs, after raining and drizzling all day. But no worries, supposed to all go away tomorrow when it will be warmer!

olivia said...

The big -- and that is a BIG big (heh) -- difference between your yellow and my yellow, is your yellow is outside and means all sorts of things for the coming of spring ... yay Spring. It's so wonderful to see the bunches of colour popping up through the leaves.


Iowa Victory Gardener said...

True, Olivia! After such a long winter it's newly amazing to see things finally stirring and bursting into bloom. Sounds like it's slowly making its way up to your neck of the woods. Patience has been difficult this year, eh?