Spring Flowers

Friday, April 25, 2008

In an effort to turn the tone around here from small "l" libertarian HOA hatin' ranting to something a bit more balanced, I bring you...photos of my spring flowers!

As you can tell, they're a bit frost-bitten, since we got a light dusting of snow last night.

I really have no gift for horticulture, but I do enjoy my yard flowers.

16 comments:

Michelle K said...

FLOWER PR0N!

Woo!

A live grape hyacinth. This a house on our way to work that has their yard half filled with them, and I love the flash of purple as we go by.

John the Scientist said...

Bluebells! I have so many oin the yard you might almost count them as a weed.

But 5 year old children can put a serious dent in flower populations when given a license to pick.

Michelle K said...

Er... John?

They're Grape Hyacinths (Muscari), Periwinkle (vinca minor), and tulips.

At least I'm assuming they're tulips from the leaves.

Bluebells have individual hanging flowers while muscari flowers are like much more like larger hyacinth.

Janiece Murphy said...

Michelle, I think he's referring to the pink flowers to the right of the wilty yellow tulips.

vince said...

Flowers pretty. Pretty, pretty flowers.

We're going to get up to 14" of snow tonight.

Bye, bye pretty flowers.

Michelle K said...

The hyacinths?

Janiece Murphy said...

Michelle, the only flowers I can identify on sight is tulips and sunflowers, so I was just guessing.

When I said I had no gift for horticulture, I was not exaggerating. My knowledge consists basically of "ooohh...pretty!"

Michelle K said...

Question: Do you WANT to know more, or should I keep my botany to myself? :)

(Did I ever mention that my bio degree focused on plants?)

Cindi in CO said...

They're definitely hyacinths, both pink and purple, just different variaties.

Of course, I know Michelle already knows that. Hee.

Our yard is full of the Grape Hyacinths, they have the sweetest smell you can imagine. They'll fade out in time for the Lilacs to start perfuming the place.

I love flowers, the greenhouse is like a crack den to me. If I were a crack addict, that is.

Janiece Murphy said...

I really don't. I kind of have a black thumb, and since I have zero skill in this area, I've kind of given up with the exception of the few beds that I'm currently maintaining.

Clearly, the botany gene in our family settled on Cindi and not me.

Michelle K said...

So Cindy can I can just hang out here and discuss plants and everything?

;)

I've only got a couple grape hyacinths--they haven't naturalized much yet. Though we have tons of wide violet in our yard, which is at least purple.

Janiece Murphy said...

Michelle, I think I might be "naturalizing" my iris' all over the yard.

MAN, they spread quickly.

And feel free to use this space to discuss your flower PR0N, if you wish.

Michelle K said...

Naturalizing is good for everything but weeds, if you're an unenthusiastic gardener.

If you want another plant that is sturdy, spreads quickly, and is beautiful, look for coreopsis, or tickweed. It reflowers, so you'll have flowers throughout the summer, comes in different colors, and spreads pretty easily.

And I think they're lovely.

Anne C. said...

Pretty flowers! I have a small "volunteer" patch of blue... err grape hyacinth near the house. I may take up documenting my plants by photograph and putting them up for Michelle to identify.

Cindi in CO said...

Michelle, I'm a big fan of naturalizing, because I'm naturally lazy. I've got lots of lilys, hyacinths, tulips and peonies. (my favorite) I also love Begonias and Impatiens.

That's not to say that I ignore the annuals, I'm a sucker for African Dasies, or any daisy-like flower for that matter. I do a lot of container gardening, and I like to plant stuff in unexpected vessels. Like old mop buckets, shoes, etc.

Hee, Flower Pron!

Michelle K said...

I love flower pr0n! Though I may not be good at identifying things that aren't native to where I am. Just so you're forewarned.

And Cindy, I have lots of containers, because my yard is relatively small. But I've mostly stuck with pots--primarily because I really overwater.

And if you're interested, I've got links to my newest flower pr0n up on my site. Only a few of the pictures I took yesterday were halfway decent, so I'm going to try again today. (In fact, I just came in from gardening.)