Friday, February 27, 2009

Spring has Sprung

My jonquils along the back fence are in full bloom. These are the King Alfred variety.  I planted these about 3 years ago and they keep spreading.  

The little purple flowers in the grass are Henbit.  They are a nuisance weed, but pretty when they bloom as they are one of the first things to come up in the spring.  They don't like heat and will die back when summer comes then reappear next spring.  In the meantime they get mowed like the rest of the lawn.

This beautiful bushy magnolia is covered with fragrant white flowers. It is a Magnolia Soulangeana, 'Alba Superba'. I looked it up.

Crocus and Jonquils are blooming and early Magnolias and Tulip trees are ablaze. With luck we will avoid another hard freeze and slide into spring. I'm ready!


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Are you sure those are jonquils and not daffodils. I always thought that variety was a daf.

Tulsa is so much further on than Leeds, Yorkshire, north England.
Our snowdrops are only in flower and the croci are definitely at least a couple of weeks before full bloom. The daffodils are just showing their green flower heads. Lucky you to have an early spring show.


Micki02 said... [Reply to comment]

You are so lucky to have already flowers in your garden. Here, we have only a little piece of green grass ! Flowers will grow up in 3 ou 4 weeks I Hope !! As Anne we have only snowdrops in the garden, spring is not for now !

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Yes, our spring comes earlier than yours, but we pay in the summer when the temperature climbs to 40• C. This year we had a very mild winter, one spell of icy roads but no snow.

I think jonquils and daffodils are two names for the same thing. Local custom will vary.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I learned something fascinating yesterday as to how daffodils came to England. The bulbs are poisonous so when the Romans came a conquering of Britain aeons ago they put a bulb in their pocket so they had their equivalent of a suicide pill should they need one.
Presumably, those that weren't required were discarded and thus daffodils grew:-) The true, wild daffodil is very tiny and a protected species. Its only arch enemy is the larger, cultivated variety which, if it pollinates with the wild one the larger will decimate the smaller - Darwiniism in full view!

Sorry if I've bored you but I like a bit of history - here endeth today's lesson.


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Lucky you! I bet Canada is still under some kind of snow storm...

It is almost too hot here in Brazil, averaging 40C. We are always sweaty!

Micki02 said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks a lot Anne for your history lesson, I like this kind of histotry and I invite you on my blog, I try to speak about history in my region, you're welcome on my blog !
See you soon