It seems that something was once planted in the narrow strip between the front walkway and the house. While preparing to plant Helleborus 'Ivory Prince' and a bright-leaved Heuchera (H. villosa 'Carnival', which seems to be a series rather than a specific variety), I discovered something else...
So I do get to see at least one kind of spring bulb in my garden this year! Muscari, probably M. armeniacum. With the tenacity of their kind they have survived the rough clay fill dirt that was dumped around the foundation. They make even their unkempt dwelling in a weed patch look like the fairies have been running by lately. Though I really doubt the fairies were out this morning as we were having flurries of spring snow!
Weather Diary: Fair and cold, expected to drop well below freezing tonight; High: 43 F (6 C)/Low: 32 F (0 C); Humidity: 57%-100%
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Libby (Sunday, 31 March 2019 08:26)
Funny, I find them annoying and so invasive! Yes, they are pretty and yes, I do cut them to bring in...but they have popped up everywhere and, to me, look so unkempt. Thanks for reminding me to give them another chance!
Diana Studer (Sunday, 31 March 2019 15:08)
Wonderful to have a gift of amethysts from a previous gardener.
Jane (Sunday, 31 March 2019 16:09)
I find them quite cheerful as they’re very early bulbs to appear, although I agree that they can become a little invasive. Wish some of my other bulbs would naturalise like that! The flowers are very interesting in closeup.
Kris P (Sunday, 31 March 2019 17:06)
Wonderful! Your first present from your new garden.
Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Sunday, 31 March 2019 23:50)
Libby - When I first noticed them, I worried about them being invasive, but I think the soil is slowing them down somewhat. The flowers are quite pretty if one looks closely, and I admit to being tolerant about bulb foliage!
Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Monday, 01 April 2019 10:17)
Diana - Exactly! :)
Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Monday, 01 April 2019 13:59)
Jane - One can so use some extra good cheer right as spring starts! ;-) It remains to be seen how invasive they might be in that heavy soil. I don't know how long they've been in - not more than eleven years, and probably not near that. I was quite intrigued by the close-up myself; I don't think I've ever looked at Muscari so closely before!
Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Monday, 01 April 2019 14:00)
Kris - I love that! Yes, it's wonderful when a new garden (or a well-established one, for that matter) gives you a surprise gift! :)
Cathy (Monday, 01 April 2019 14:35)
I hope the fairies bring you some more surprises Amy. I love Muscari - in fact anything blue in spring! :)