More Early Bulbs
Spring continues to make slow, if unsteady, progress (we got 3 inches of snow on Sunday, but it was gone by the following day). We have mostly shifted from the first to the second wave of flowering spring bulbs.
‘Early Harvest’ (Tulipa kaufmanniana) started blooming with the Crocuses and it still makes a good showing, so the investment in rabbit repellent was worth it.
More recently this little clump of unknown Tulips started blooming. Really unsure about the variety, but I’m impressed that it’s so early.
Tulipa turkenstanica is blooming freely, opening wide for the sun and then quickly closing shop in cloudy weather. Watching this adaptation makes me think that the spring winds of Central Asia, where this species originated, must be frigid indeed.
This is one of the Species Tulips that will happily naturalize in our garden.
Years ago I planted a Daffodil mix at the base of the Silver Maple in the back garden. Only one species remains. Wish I could figure out its name.
It’s a relief that our Sunday snow didn’t ruin the Daffodil season. Only a few stems were weighed down by the wet, heavy stuff.
Pretty sure this is ‘Ceylon’. Only a few Daffodils have bloomed so far, mostly in the Back Garden. Though it’s shadier back there, it faces south and so the soil warms up earlier in spring.
There’s also a nice patch of Squill (Scilla sibirica) blooming in the Back Garden. I love these blue flowers, though some consider this bulb to be invasive. It hasn’t been all that aggressive for me, but there is a huge drift of it along Lake Shore Drive, so I don’t know.
Glory-of-the-Snow (Chionodoxa sardensis) is another early bulb with blue flowers. I planted it last fall for the first time. For first year blooms I think it shows nicely in the Sidewalk Border.
Here’s a close-up of the flowers, though the light is a little washed out. With luck it will naturalize and make a solid patch.
I like how it emerges with its blue buds lined up on one side of the flower stalk.
I’ve noticed an unusually large number of early butterflies this April: Red Admirals, American Ladies, possibly Question Marks. This American Lady seemed to favor the GotS for nectaring.
What’s your favorite bulb flowering in your garden these days?