April 15, 2014
See What's Blooming At The Farm!
Finally, after a long and drawn out winter, the snow has all melted and the early spring blooming flowers are sharing their refreshing beauty. Here's a bit of spring color to cheer you!
1 Color is arriving at the boxwood allee.
2 First to bloom here are light purple crocus.
3 My honeybees are active, I'm happy to see.
4 The bees are hungry for nectar after a long winter.
5 I really enjoy naturalizing early spring bloomers in the lawn, like these dark purple crocus. They just brighten up the place.
6 Small early bloomers are well-suited to lawns because they grow about the same height as the grass.
7 If the grass needs to be mowed before the foliage browns, I instruct the crew to just mow around these bulbs, as the foliage replenishes the bulb for next year. These crocus have really multiplied over the years!
8 This group of scilla has really spread, as well.
9 I really love these masses of sweeping color in the spring.
10 These fritillaria are getting ready to bloom.
11 A grouping of white crocus.
12 These have bright yellow centers.
13 This small flower is a species type of tulip.
14 These tiny starry flowers are Chionodoxa and I love their rich blue color. These diminutive bulbs produce some of the clearest blues in all of horticulture.
15 But chionodoxa also comes in shades of pink.
16 This is what it looks like before the flowers open.
17 Another type of pink chionodoxa
18 The daffodil border that stretches along Maple Avenue has been growing rapidly.
19 A bulb pushes through the earth with so much energy.
20 Looking back in the other direction
21 It won't be long before we're blessed with cheerful daffodils!
22 This is one of several tree peonies in my collection. Unlike herbaceous peonies, which die back to the ground in autumn, tree peonies remain standing through winter.
23 The tree peonies have many flower buds this year!
24 A purple, white, and yellow crocus
25 A stunning variegated crocus
26 And a pure white crocus
27 Beneath this boxwood and multiplying nicely are 'Natascha' miniature iris.
28 A closeup of this beautiful bloom - It looks like someone hand-painted the petals.
29 Snowdrops are another great flower to plant en masse.