Late March Blooms at the Lurie Garden

Friday was one of those days that inspires people to ignore the calendar and don short sleeved shirts and the like. After a mostly wintry March it was most welcome, and so I took the opportunity to walk over to the Lurie Garden during my lunch break.

species tulip lurie

There are a number of early spring blooms to be found now at Lurie, like the species Tulip T. humilis ‘Violacea Black Base’ (thanks to Laura Ekasetya of the Lurie Garden for the IDs).

March 2017

Overall, though, Lurie looks like it has been subjected to a very close haircut.

chionodoxa lurie

Still, there are already some dots and drifts of color, like the tulip above and these blue Glory-of-the-Snow (Chionodoxa forbesii).

chionodoxa lurie close

These are really wonderful early spring blooms, and they’re one of my favorite colors. And yet I have none in my garden. Someone has been falling down on the job.

puschkinia lurie

There are also little patches of Tubergen Squill (Scilla mischtschenkoana) scattered around. These are nice, but they don’t thrill me. That little shadow in the corner is me holding my camera/phone. I have to remember to keep my shadow out of my pictures.

I wonder why they haven’t planted Siberian Squill (Scilla sibirica) at Lurie? Perhaps because there are already such massive drifts of this naturalizing bulb along Lincoln Park.

After a glorious Friday we have had a weekend of nothing but clouds and rain. This could have been predicted by a scientific principle Judy and I have discovered, which we refer to as The Natural Perversity of Events.

Even so, the appearance of these little flowers is heartening. They confirm that the arrival of Spring is not, unlike so much else, Fake News.

45 Comments on “Late March Blooms at the Lurie Garden”

  1. Thanks for recommending “Kedi”! On a rainy Sunday afternoon in Seattle, my sister & I went off to see it, and were enchanted! Seattle’s cherry blossoms are bursting now – a lovely sight . (Live in KY but am visiting here.)

    L B


  2. Always a treat to see the Lurie in different seasons; thank you, Jason. I don’t think I have any Chionodoxa either, and I don’t know why, but I must remember these come fall-bulb ordering time this fall. My friend Beckie and I were at Navy Pier on Friday for the Chicago Flower Show. We stepped out outside to enjoy the weather a few times and couldn’t get over all the people on the Pier! We thought there must be some special event going on, but every time we asked someone, they just said it was the first beautiful, warm day in a long time. I think everyone in Chicago must have taken off work on Friday to enjoy it:)

  3. Chionodoxa are so sweet and made prettier by that bright golden light. (I’ve heard it called sun but haven’t seen such a thing in quite a while.) There are a few Chionodoxa in my garden from a years-ago bulb order but your pictures make me want to add more.

  4. Such a great blog! Thank you for your thoughtful words and photos. The magenta species tulip is Tulipa humilis ‘Violacea Black Base.’ The squill is sometimes called tubergen squill (Scilla mischtschenkoana). The flowers become lovely seed pods eventually which extends the beauty of this early spring charmer. The weather has cooled off drastically, so all of the flowering bulbs you photographed should last a little while longer!

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