Thursday, March 25, 2021

Spring Flowers

Each spring brings a slow warmth and a renewal of the landscape. With the renewal comes the anticipation of learning whether the bulbs planted in the fall will grow or whether I yet again wasted untold amounts of money on flowers because I planted them too late or too early or under the wrong phase of the moon.

Fortunately, some flower bulbs are hardy and return year after year, assuming you don't accidentally pull them out during their off season. One such bulb is the daffodil. These came with the house when we bought it and more and more seem to appear each year.

I managed to catch one cluster of daffodils over the span of three days as they blossomed.

A cluster of daffodils with unblossomed buds.
Day 1

A cluster of daffodils with some flowers bloomed and some still in bud form.
Day 2

A cluster of daffodils with most flowers in bloom
Day 3

Not all of the daffodils are so cleanly spaced in the yard. Some are growing in the middle of a still dormant bush.

Daffodils with the red branches of a dormant bush in the foreground.

Other spring marvels in my yard include this mystery plant. Every summer and fall, I wonder whether it is a weed and whether it should be removed. Each spring so far I've been shocked that this random cluster of leaves produces some rather lovely flowers.

Cluster of flowers and leaves

If you wondered whether any of the bulbs I planted in the fall have decided to grace the yard with their presence, you may be pleased to learn that a few have. I believe these are crocus and mini paperwhite daffodils.

Several bunches of mini paperwhite daffodils and white, yellow, and purple crocus, all in bloom.

My plan, if I manage to successfully plant bulbs each fall, is to have a yard full of tiny flowers each spring. The difficulty lies in planting new bulbs around previously established bulbs. Perhaps one day I will create a map of the flowerbeds. Until that time, I'll just proceed with caution and hope.


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