Monday, March 12, 2012

Early spring flowers-first blooming spring heralds

Early spring flowers are all (almost) bulbous plants, that emerge from the bare ground or even from under the snow with such a rush, that they don't even wait for their leaves to come out first.Snowdrop flowers-Galanthus
Their bright colors and cheerful face bring great joy, knowing that they are never wrong in predicting spring.
  • Snowdrops - Galanthus are the symbol of spring in temperate regions, the first sign of nature's rebirth.
    Early in January, a solitary, pendulous, bell-shaped white flower emerges from under the snow, held on a slender stem.
    They are the first spring heralds, pushing their heads through the snow, very early, in late winter.

  • Spring Snowflake flowers - Leucojum Vernum are blooming short after snowdrops, as soon as the snow melts. In March they are a beautiful path of color in the yet empty gardens.

  • Corsican hellebore - Helleborus argutifolius is one of those few flowers pushing through the snow.

  • Primrose - Primula vulgaris, with its pale yellow flowers is a cheerful splash of color in the spring landscape. It is also among the first flowers to shout out load "spring is here".

  • Crocuses, these delicate little flower are in such a hurry to show their pretty faces that day don't wait for the leaves to come out first. Crocus flowers emerge from the bare ground painting the landscape in all colors: yellow, purple and white.

  • Dwarf Irises are very early blooming, bulbous plants. The big flower of these tiny plants is atop of a short stick (stem) with no leaves.

  • Tete a Tete daffodils are miniature narcissus plants, bloom very early as well, together with other dwarf plants like crocuses and dwarf irises.

When all these cheerful, brightly colored flowers are announcing spring than it must be spring, even if outdoors it is still chilly.

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