Garden Pics- week of April 22

Laurie_z3_MB(sw MB)April 24, 2007

I hope I'm not jumping the gun, but I thought there should be some flowers blooming out there somewhere?

Here's what I've got for now.

Pale yellow snow crocus.

Yellow snow crocus.

Petasites japonicus flower, or better known in my yard, as the alien flower by DH.

Ornamental pussywillows are getting huge.

And I'm just delighted that the iris reticulata 'Katharyn Hodgkin' that I planted last fall have survived and are doing well. I love the markings on this one.

The daffodils should be opening up soon too. Finally, it's so nice to have a bit of colour in the yard again. :0)


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Hi Laurie, this is a good idea. Your iris's are very pretty! I was going to post some pics yesterday, but ran out of time. So here is what is blooming in my garden.

It will be a bit of a surprise this year as to what is still in the garden. So I'm happy these are still here.


    Bookmark   April 24, 2007 at 1:25PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

Beautiful pics gals. Laurie, love the irises, must get me some. Sierra, your second picture is incredible... I love the white and purple together!! What's the little blue striped fella second from the last?

I think I will have to wait a few days to join you with any pics.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2007 at 4:48PM
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Beautiful pictures!! I really need to work on planting for some early spring color...


    Bookmark   April 24, 2007 at 11:00PM
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Laurie_z3_MB(sw MB)

Very pretty Sierra! I really love the two you did with the special effects. I also really like the veining in the last one. I think I'm going to have to put more kinds of crocus in this fall. I tried them one year awhile back, and they never survived for some reason. But now I gotta have more!lol

    Bookmark   April 25, 2007 at 9:55AM
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Northspruce...the little striped flower is Puschkinias or striped squill. I think they are so pretty. They are supposed to multiply quickly, but the haven't for me. I had some in the garden for about 10 years, and finally last year I bought more.

Laurie....bags of crocus from Costco in the fall. With crocus I find it takes them a couple of years to really take off...and put on a show. They also self seed here for me.


    Bookmark   April 25, 2007 at 12:06PM
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Crazy_Gardener(Z2b AB Canada)

I have nothing to show ;)

But I sure I'm enjoying your spring photos gals, way to grow!

I just love the markings on your I. reticulata 'Katharyn Hodgkin' Laurie, where did you order it and do you remember the date planted. I want one in my garden now ;)


    Bookmark   April 25, 2007 at 1:29PM
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Lovely pictures girls..savona

    Bookmark   April 25, 2007 at 3:08PM
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Laurie_z3_MB(sw MB)

Sharon, I picked up those iris bulbs at McFaydens during their fall clear out. Even on clearance, they were $5 for a pack of 10 bulbs, so Brenda and I split the package because we weren't sure if they would even survive. I'm pretty sure that they were planted towards the end of October. Now that I know they will survive our winters, I'll have to keep my eyes open for them this fall.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2007 at 3:53PM
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Laurie, my "KL" irises still haven't peaked out of the ground yet. I even think we planted them the same day last fall. Oh, well. I guess I will have to wait longer yet.

Last fall I placed flax around the irises so that there would be less weeds this year. I am happy to report that so far 100% of the covered irises have made it through the winter. The leaves just collected in every area where the irises were. I did not cover the rhizome last fall with flax.

The rhubarb even has tiny leaves on it today...


    Bookmark   April 25, 2007 at 5:20PM
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WOW! Great pictures.

Laurie, your iris 'Katharyn Hodgkin' is so cool looking.

I only have a few Glory-of-the-Snow blooming but it sure does give me a lift when I go out there. I have to get some crocus too yet for some more early spring colour.


    Bookmark   April 25, 2007 at 5:40PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Not much here either, and i haven't had time to upload pics that i've taken. So i'll enjoy blooms vicariously! :) My yellow mammoth crocuses are blooming - the only thing so far.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2007 at 8:43AM
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My rhubarb's still just red bumps, but when I looked at it this morning my mouth started to water. Guess I'll have to settle for frozen stuff for now - I have a new rhubarb loaf recipe I want to try. I have some squill and crocuses blooming, and one little red and yellow tulip that I forgot I had planted. I'll try and get some pictures this weekend.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2007 at 12:39PM
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plantaddict487(Zone 2b MB CDA)

Here is my first tarda type tulip blooming yesterday. About a gazillion left to come and I have no idea where they came from. I don't remember planting so many!


Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   April 26, 2007 at 2:37PM
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BJ, your tulip looks just like mine!! Aren't they pretty?

Mine is called... Tulipa humilis 'Violacea black base'. Mine just started to bloom today also, but I haven't got a picture of it yet. I haven't a clue where I bought mine because I got it back when I wasn't keeping a really good data base.


    Bookmark   April 26, 2007 at 6:43PM
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I have a few flowers blooming. It's so nice to see them after winter.

My youngest DS and I went for a walk to the pasture on Thursday. The prairie crocuses are in full bloom


    Bookmark   April 30, 2007 at 2:10PM
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north53 Z1b MB(zone 1b Canada)

Oh Connie,
The prairie crocuses are so plentiful. How lovely! I posted mine before I saw yours. Where I live they are difficult to find. One has to go searching. The clear-cut where we go is remote and our secret.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2007 at 12:11PM
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As I understand it, the crocuses do best where the native pature is grazed, but not overgrazed. They don't compete terribly well with the grass, which is probably why they traditionally did well on the prairie wool, which is very fine and only gets about 4-6" tall most years. I read somewhere that they also require the right fungi in the soil, so you almost never see them on tame grass pastures.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2007 at 12:20PM
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