Thursday, April 01, 2010

This Is No Joke

I thought it would be at least another week before I would see a decent amount blooming in my garden.

I was wrong.

Pickwick crocus
Siberian iris "Caesar's Brother"
Pasque flower
"Remembrance" crocus
Tete-a-tete daffodils and giant yellow crocus
Apricot Beauty tulips
miscellaneous crocus with a little nibble
spicy mesclun - can't wait!


Anonymous Chris and his Garden said...

Very nice looking flowers you've got there!

I'm always on the lookout for new plants too. Does the Siberian Iris grow on tropical climates?

4/03/2010 1:58 AM  
Anonymous Kathy M said...

Fun to have all that eye candy!

4/03/2010 2:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots of lovely blooms! I've bought some crocus and haven't planted them yet, I'm almost too nervous to do it as I will be heartbroken if they don't come up! Yours are just lovely :)

4/03/2010 3:38 AM  
Blogger keewee said...

This is a wonderful time of year, when we receive so many surprises in our garden. One day there are buds, the next, an explosion of color.

4/03/2010 9:59 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Chris, I would guess that since they are Siberian that they would not do well in tropical zones, but you never know! Plants do some very strange things.

Kathy, mmmmm....CANDY!

Gippslandergardener, I'm not sure crocuses will do well in zone9 on their own -- BUT you could force them by storing them in the refrigerator over the winter and plant them in the spring to bloom, dig in the fall and store them in the fridge again until spring. I would leave a few in the ground just to see what they do.

Keewee, I love the way I see something new in the garden every day I go out there :)

4/03/2010 11:33 AM  
Blogger Dirty Girl Gardening said...

Ohh, the spicy mesclun looks great!

4/03/2010 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Chris and his Garden said...

You're right! I should have guessed it from the name.

But hey, you made it Dutch now. The Crocus flowers are pretty nice too.

4/03/2010 9:11 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Dirty Girl Gardening, I've grown this once before and it was delicious!

Chris, well, I had a conversation about those flowers today with my husband, and I started to think I got the name wrong. So I double checked - and they really didn't look like the Siberian irises that I was seeing online - more like Dutch. So I changed it thinking I must be wrong. But THEN I found the package and turns out my memory is better than I thought - they ARE Siberian irises. "Caesar's Brother" to be exact. As you can tell, some plants are tricky to ID!

4/04/2010 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Things are early here in Maine, too, Sylvana. I don't have any blooms yet, but I'm already out doing spring clean-up (at a time when I usually still have snow in the garden, and in 70 degree temps to boot!)and a lot of my plants have already put up new growth. Love seeing your flowers. -Jean

4/04/2010 4:52 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Jeans Garden, We hardly had any snow for March - very unusual. It was more like April or May, no March at all.
I have even more blooming now. I just have to find some more time to post the pics!

4/04/2010 6:32 PM  
Blogger Jim Groble said...

Wonderful flower pics. jim

4/04/2010 7:42 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Jim, thanks! There will be many more spring bulb pics to come...

4/04/2010 9:22 PM  
Blogger Chandramouli S said...

The blooms are lovely, Sylvana. That Pasque flower looks unique!

4/05/2010 2:41 AM  
Anonymous Chris and his Hannah Leah said...

Hi Sylvana! Oh I know all about difficulties in finding the right plant names. I have that problem right now in fact. There's a plant I bought. The seller called it Hannah Leah, but I can't find that name anywhere on the Internet.

As for the Iris, unless there's a tropical strain, I guess pictures are as close to them as I can get.

4/05/2010 3:02 AM  
Blogger Annelie said...

Your a bit ahead of us in MA. My Siberian Iris is just about a hand tall, if that.
Funny how you have Remembrance crocus just above a tulip that you forgot what they were. Or maybe it's just how I read it.
Love, love, love that Pasque flower. Beautiful.

4/05/2010 5:37 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Chandramouli S, the pasque flower is native to this area - a prairie plant. The one in this picture is a cultivar; the true natives are a pale blue. It is named after the fact that it tends to bloom around Easter.

Chris, that is a stumper. Is it a hibiscus? There is a place in Hawaii named Hanalei that I think a hibiscus is named for.

Annelie that made me laugh!
If you like these pasque flowers, you will have to stop by when the native ones are blooming. One is just about ready to spring open in my front rain garden.

4/05/2010 1:02 PM  
Blogger sally said...

How exciting!

4/05/2010 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ach - I've gone and planted them before I checked your comment back Sylvana! Oh well, it was only a handful!
I'm also starting to think that my approximation of zone 9 might be a little bit off...I'm going to have to do some more reading to get a better understanding of those zones.

4/05/2010 4:45 PM  
Blogger Curbstone Valley Farm said...

I am impressed, you have a lot blooming already! I'm intrigued by the Pasque flower, I don't think I've seen that before.

4/05/2010 5:34 PM  
Anonymous Sprouts, Shoots, and Sunshine said...

Irises and Tulips are blooming! Hoe exciting. Love the peachy pink color of your tulip.

4/05/2010 8:22 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Sally, it IS exciting!

Gippslandgardener, I would try a few in the ground - because you never know! Some crocuses are native to the Mediterranean, but most things I read say that they do not do well past zone7 as they dry out very quickly. I think most of the fall blooming crocuses can take a warmer climate.

Curbstone Valley Farm, I was pretty impressed too. I really do think that this is the earliest that I have ever seen a tulip bloom in my garden! the Pasque flower is a prairie native. Their leaves and flowers are fuzzy. Sometimes the flowers come up without any leaves in sight! Bunnies like them, but I keep them away with coffee. I have found coffee keeps a lot of animals away - and I have a daily supply to apply to the garden :)

SSS, I really like this tulip too.I am going to have to dig out my bulb maps and see if I put this one on it.

4/05/2010 10:30 PM  
Blogger Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Of course, Siberian iris is my favorite here - he is my countryman!

4/05/2010 11:05 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

SSS, aha! I found it! Apricot Beauty. I made the correction in the post.

Tatyana, :)
My husband is a big fan of your countryman.

4/06/2010 1:37 AM  
Blogger Steve Asbell said...

You have more flowers right now than my garden in florida! I wish we could grow more spring bulbs here, but then I guess I couldn't grow bromeliads and gingers. by the way, good taste in tv and music! (from your profile)

4/06/2010 8:06 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

What beautiful bulbs! Don't you just love spring?!?

4/06/2010 10:58 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Steve Asbell, thanks, I like to believe I have impeccable taste ;)

4/06/2010 11:28 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Ruth, I do love spring. Not only are there absolutely fabulous flowers in the spring, but it's that much better having come after a long winter.

4/06/2010 11:29 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

A lovely crop of spring flowers, and mnn mesclun. If it wasn't so cold here I would love a salad of that right now :)

4/07/2010 9:42 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Melanie, I am starting a bunch of vegetable plants by seed this year - wish me luck!

4/09/2010 3:39 PM  

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