possibly spring

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here today to tell you that it has finally stopped snowing–for now. You may remember me from such posts as “It Might Be Spring”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose. You can see there’s been a change here.Finally, huh. After the big snow, it snowed again, and then it snowed, and then it snowed some more, and then again, and then it kept snowing, and snowed, and snowed, and snowed.
It was very boring. I wanted to go out and work in the garden, but there was just snow everywhere.

Looking at snow is pretty tiresome, but on one of our walks a few days ago there were these weird patterns in the snow. I think because it rained a little before it turned to snow.
The creek had water in it, too. That was different.Even though it snowed and snowed (and snowed again, etc.) the guy I live with was able to get his first shot of the vaccine, and that made him feel pretty good. Mentally, I mean; physically he was kind of super tired for a day or two.

So, now, there are bulbs in flower. Even snowdrops, still. This is Galanthus nivalis. It wasn’t planted; it just appeared one day.

Cyclamen coum. Sown by ants.

Crocus sieberi ‘Firefly.

These bulbs (corms, really) of ‘Firefly’ have been here for a quarter century, at least.

Crocus ancyrensis ‘Golden Bunch’

Crocus chrysanthus ‘Snow Bunting’.

There was a bee in one of the flowers. I got pretty interested, but the guy I live with said my nose might get stung.

There are a lot of bees buzzing about, these days.

Crocus vernus ‘Vanguard’

Some corydalis are flowering, too. You can see that some of the flowers got frozen on this one. I guess that’s okay. These corydalis have started seeding around, which the guy I live with says is “totally excellent”.
This one is Corydalis glaucescens, which is self-infertile, so the reason this is seeding around is because there are other plants of this species in the same part of the garden.I guess that’s it for now. I hope you found this post more interesting than the ones with all the snow in them.

Until next time, then.

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29 Responses to possibly spring

  1. Elisabeth says:

    Mani, Please Listen to the Guy You Live With concerning bees. Our furry room mate forgets every spring and snaps away happily at bees forgetting how badly he reacts to their sting. I know it’s very tempting but I don’t think a swollen schnoz will improve your good looks.

    • paridevita says:

      Oh, I guess I don’t react to being stung. I really like bees. They have kind of a peppery taste. The guy I live with says not to eat them, but he’s never tried them, so he wouldn’t know how tasty they are.

  2. tonytomeo says:

    That is cool that your crocus are so reliably perennial. I have not grown them in years. When I finally get around to growing them again, they will be the straight species sort, or at least less ‘bred’ than the common Dutch crocus. The only sort that were reliably perennial in my garden were supposed to be saffron crocus. They grew like weeds, but did not seem to have been saffron crocus. They looked like saffron crocus, but bloomed in spring, just two weeks or so after Dutch crocus. Whatever they were, I wish I had them now.

    • paridevita says:

      We have the climate for them. The guy I live with says that saffron crocus corm tunics are kind of fibrous, not like most other crocus corms.
      Bunnies like to snack on the leaves, which isn’t good, so I have to chase bunnies out of the yard. I’m very good at that.

      • tonytomeo says:

        Yes, I remember that the ‘saffron’ crocus were fibrous on the outside, but then, I thought that the Dutch crocus were a little more fibrous than papery too. Since they sometimes become available in nurseries, I might grow them again, regardless of what they are. I do not mind if they bloom in spring. They were pretty, and looked just like saffron crocus, but without the distended stamens. Bunnies did not bother them, but they had plenty of other things to eat.

      • paridevita says:

        The guy I live with said even if you find saffron crocuses at a garden center way late in the year, like they’ve already started growing, they might still survive, though they would next extra watering, because all of the energy has gone to producing the flower stalk, instead of roots as well.

      • tonytomeo says:

        Well, I will not be adding them this year anyway. There is just too much going on. I suspect that next autumn will be the beginning of a lot of planting. If I happen to need something at a nursery (which I almost never go to) I could get some bulbs if they are still there. I do not mind if they are already growing.

      • paridevita says:

        It’s very common for autumn-flowering crocuses to send up flower shoots, when they’re in a garden center. Sometimes through mail order, too.

  3. Paddy Tobin says:

    At long last the winter has passed and spring growth is appearing in your garden. It’s good that the vaccine has arrived; we are still waiting here but our climate has our garden ahead of yours and highlight of the moment are the trilliums – an American delight in Ireland!

    • paridevita says:

      The guy I live with said there were trilliums in the shade garden here, years ago, but they needed so much watering that they died out.
      It snowed again today. Maybe you can imagine the kind of words I heard when that happened.

  4. pamit says:

    That corydalis pic is magnifico! Ask That Guy why it is not in High and Dry? Still enjoying this book very much!

    • paridevita says:

      Well, they’re not native plants. And they’re not very drought tolerant. They’re in a raised bed that gets watered from time to time. I have to stay inside when there’s watering, because I supposedly “attack” the sprinkler.

  5. Mee-yow all yore Crowcussess are deelitefull Mani an Guy!! An LadyMew lovess THE Cyclamen flowerss alot An wee adoor Snowdropss. Ourss sorta bloomed an then it snowed here an iced up an they are fone now.
    Wee think Spring has furianllee sprung here…butt like Collyrado wee can get snow when wee leest xpect it!!! Mew mew mew….
    You look lovelee inn tore fotoss Mani..iss allwayss fun to go walkin with you an Guy!
    ***purrss*** BellaDharma an (((huggiess))) LadyMew

    Pee S: Wee hope you feel all bettur Guy from yore innjection!

  6. Lisa says:

    Wait a minute, YOU “wanted to go out and work in the garden?” WORK? Mani, we all know you like to lounge in the sun, maybe chase a cat.
    Lovely crocus. Yes, Mani, keep that boop-able nose away from bees.
    I got a new puppy, a 5 month old not-purebred Border collie!

    • paridevita says:

      Well, lounging is work. I mostly chase squirrels; cats are afraid to come into my yard, because of my toughness. (Even while lounging.)
      Congratulations on the puppy.

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