1 Crocus is among the first flowers to appear in spring, usually in shades of purple, yellow and white.
2 Crocus is a genus of flowering plants in the iris family made up of about 90-species of perennial plants.
3 In my Linden tree allee, you can see the croci beginning to emerge on the left. In a couple of weeks, this area will be full of them.
4 Here are some white crocuses. They only reach about two to four inches tall, but they naturalize easily, meaning they spread and come back year after year. Spring is such a magical time.
5 On this day, it was raining on and off, so these crocuses remained closed. Each crocus has a single cup-shaped flower of six petals. They are very low maintenance plants that thrive in areas with partial shade to full sun.
6 Most crocus bulbs are planted in the fall for an early to mid-spring bloom. Well-drained soil is key. Crocuses will usually go dormant about eight to 12 weeks after flowering, but then come back again the following year.
7 Crocuses like to be watered regularly in the spring and fall, but they do not require a lot of fertilizer - they store energy in their corms. Once they are done flowering, simply let the leaves die back on their own.
8 These dark purple crocuses look so lovely in this field.
9 These are 'Natascha' miniature iris - a lovely ice blue in color. During the bloom period, they do best with well-drained soil. They bloom in early spring and grow to about four to six inches tall.
10 The blooms have a very light and subtle violet-like scent. Irises come from a vast genus of plants, but nearly all show the recognizable iris flower form - three standard petals and three hanging outer fall petals.
11 Irises are reliable, and easy to grow, making them very popular among most gardeners. They also attract butterflies and make wonderful cut flowers.
12 Blue Chionodoxa forbesii, also known as glory-of-the-snow, are small starry flowers that appear in early spring - these in bright blue. They prefer consistently moist soil that drains well. They're easy to grow and self seed quite readily.
13 Last week, there were only a few handfuls of snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, blooming; however, now, there are bunches of snowdrops in various beds around the farm. These flowers are perennial, herbaceous plants, which grow from bulbs.
14 Snowdrops are found in deciduous woodlands, in meadows, pastures, near rivers, and on stony slopes. Each bulb generally produces two linear grayish-green leaves and an erect stalk from which a solitary, pendulous bell-shaped white flower emerges.
15 Some snowdrops are double-flowered. When in full bloom, these plants create an impressive carpet of white.
16 Snowdrops contain an alkaloid, galanthamine, which has been approved for use in the management of Alzheimer's disease in some countries.
17 Each day, more and more flowers appear. Here are bunches of healthy scilla blooming in this bed. Scilla is a genus of about 50-80 bulb forming perennial herbs. The flowers come in a range of colors including white, blue, pink and shades of purple.
18 When blooming, feel free to cut scilla for arrangements - this will not hurt the plants.
19 Plant scilla in large groupings, so you can enjoy their blankets of blooms each year.
20 Just peeking through in various areas are bluebells. These are dainty bulbous perennial plants that bloom from April to mid-May and emit a light, honey sweet fragrance.
21 Here are some hellebore flowers beginning to open. Hellebores come in a variety of color and have rose-like blossoms.
22 Hellebore foliage forms low clumps, and when plants are in bloom, they reach a height of about one and a half feet with a spread nearly as wide. They prefer partial to full shade.
23 The tree peonies are also beginning to bud. Tree peonies are actually woody shrubs that reach about four to five feet high. Once these are in bloom, they will have an abundance of flowers. The farm will soon be covered in the colors of spring - I can't wait.