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.
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).
Overall, though, Lurie looks like it has been subjected to a very close haircut.
Still, there are already some dots and drifts of color, like the tulip above and these blue Glory-of-the-Snow (Chionodoxa forbesii).
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.
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.