Blooms before the Freeze

mantis__ohApril 16, 2014

Alas, the freeze last night really zapped the spring blossoms. But here are some memories.

This one is from the hospital garden I tend. I think this is the old Ice Follies, which managed to pretty much bloom out before the cold onslaught. A local Springfest also brought out hordes of college students, who trampled the beds like a herd of wildebeest.

Loper poses in front of Lemon Glow, another earlier one:

Jetfire, an early cyclamineus:

Pink Silk, with Passionale behind it:

Sentinel, another superb pink-cupped cultivar. A close-up, of course, but the flowers are very large.

Golden Echo, with Wisley (larger) in background:

Salmon Impression

Pink Charm Flowers are smaller than the earlier pinks shown.

White Emperor glistens in early evening.

Not sure of the names of these orange-cupped ones in the back yard.

Some people rave about By George, but I find that it fades in the sun and its stems are not so strong as I would like.

Mon Cheri--short, but long lasting and good stems.

Las Vegas

Wisley, a superior early bloomer with excellent stems

Ara--another good early bloomer, with cup held high:

Anemones

Bloodroot lasted as long this year as they ever do.

This is Toto.

This post was edited by mantis__oh on Fri, May 2, 14 at 20:05

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peachymomo(Ca 8)

Gorgeous! The narcissus around here finished in Feb, so it's nice to get a late show. I hope the frost doesn't harm them too much, I know that the masses of daffodils I planted in my old garden in the mountains bloomed recently and then got covered by a foot of snow. My brother still lives there and he always relays what is happening to the 'yellow flowers' ;o)

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 9:22AM
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kathi_mdgd

Those are all gorgeous,but I think the pink ones are my fave.tfs
Kathi

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 1:29PM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Gorgeous is right, you have some real beauties. I used to grow a lot of daffodils but that darn, to be polite, narcissus fly was a real problem. The more expensive the bulb the more it homed in on it. I still have a few of the small ones like Rip Van Winkle, Tete aTete, Jet Fire etc. but have given up on the larger ones.

Annette

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 2:09PM
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schoolhouse_gw

What a collection of daffs. I try to plant different varieties every year but lately the shops aren't offering much, and the s/h from catalogs is so expensive. After seeing your pics I might break down next Fall and order.

You are way ahead of us here in Wayne Co. My bloodwort or bloodroot doesn't bloom until May, and no tulip blooms yet. Loper is such a handsome young man.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 4:00PM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

Lovely!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 10:20AM
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lavender_lass(4b)

Did the freeze hurt your daffodils? Ours get frozen all the time, fall over (often with frost, even ice on them) then slowly rise back up when the sun warms them.

Your pictures are beautiful and I hope some of your flowers bounce back...such a lovely display :)

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 2:04PM
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mantis__oh

Lavender lass: yes, the freeze did a lot of damage, but many of the tulips and daffodils bounced back. Lots of newly sprouted lilies, iris, even digitalis took a beating, but they'll recover. Some of the daffodils got weak stems from the freeze--it got down to 29 (not quite so low as I expected). Magnolias, of course, were totally zapped.

Here is Fiery Parrot after the freeze:

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 4:12PM
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natalie4b(7b GA)

Hope Loper did not freeze his little tail off :). He is adorable! Your garden is stunning, Mantis! May it be blessed with abundant blooms, rich colors and be weed-free! Enjoy.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 7:32AM
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bellarosa(z5/IL)

So beautiful. Thanks for sharing these pics. I'm a lazy bulb planter, but maybe these pics will inspire me come Fall! :-)

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 4:43PM
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