In a Vase: Green of Spring

helleborus "Ivory Prince" and muscari for In a Vase on Monday

Spring is growing ever greener here.  The new grass is lush, and the trees are just starting to show a faint mist of color across their tops.


The color is echoed in the flowers of Helleborus "Ivory Prince"--not ivory so much as green blushing to pale pink thus far.  I had complained in an earlier post about the showing from this, my only hellebore, but it looks as though I spoke too soon.  Within a week and after a good trimming, its beauties are more easily seen.


I picked a couple of stems for today's vase--not many as the plant is still small and a bit spare with its blooms!

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Wordless Wednesday: Muscari

Muscari (probably M. armenaicum "Heavenly Blue")

Weather Diary: Fair; High: 72 F (22 C)/Low: 43 F (6 C); Humidity: 23% - 93%

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The First Spring Bulbs

iris reticulata Harmony

The tiny front garden is just finishing its first flush of spring bulbs. 


I'm quite pleased with my choices for early flowers: squill, rock irises, and the bitty cyclameneus narcissi.  I fully intended to plant snowdrops as well, but I was unable to get to a nursery to buy them, so I have only the bulbs that I purchased online.  What with that limitation and a tight budget, I feel that the sequence of bloom is going well so far.  


The very first to flower was Scilla mischtschenkoana.  

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An Incident with a Wheelbarrow

wheelbarrow full of rainwater

I thought we would be none the worse for a little lighthearted verse today.  Besides I needed to laugh at a rather frustrating incident a couple of days ago!  As you can guess from this, we have had a lot of rain lately.


I give you a photo of the same wheelbarrow last year when it was still a good deal cleaner and we had also had a lot of rain!

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In a Vase: A Whiff of Spring

in a vase on monday, narcissus cyclameneus rapture, iris reticulata harmony, muscari

Spring has arrived at last in the unmistakable form of flowers.


The first to appear were the blue-striped white blooms of Scilla mischtschenkoana, which are, in fact, nearly spent now.  Then the deep blue of Iris reticulata "Harmony" quickly joined them.  And now I have a first narcissus bloom as well; this, N. cyclameneus "Rapture".


Our latest bouts of wind and rain have not been gentle with the flowers.  Fortunately they receive some protection from the house front, but I am still glad these little flowers are as sturdy as they are.


For today's vase I picked a late iris and the first Narcissus, as well as a couple stems of noID muscari.

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Other Garden Blogs to Follow

First, a link to the earlier version of this blog at, where the first two years of the original garden can be viewed.