Hocus Crocus- Bulbs make the gardening season start earlier.

March 15, 2011

If these crocus (the lighter purple) and iris reticulata were not blooming, there would be nothing in this bed except for dirt and mulch.  Yes, the curve of the garden wall is pretty, but after a long winter, our eyes crave color.  Perennials won’t come up yet for another month.

Here is a view from the other direction:

And here is what it looks like six weeks later:

These beds begin the season with crocus and iris, then daffodils and tulips dominate, then perennials take over.  By June 1, this same site has been the location of three different and lovely views.   One more picture:

 

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Dede March 16, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Your pictures are fabulous. Makes me wish I didn’t have such a black thumb.

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Danniel March 16, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Thanks Dede and thanks for visiting.

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Laurie March 16, 2011 at 4:28 am

I love the idea of showing the same plot at various stages in the growing season.

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Danniel March 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Thank you. I have a new plan: one day a week, I am going to take and post a picture from the same place, so we can watch a garden go through the season. I think I will start on Monday.

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Anna March 16, 2011 at 3:00 am

I saw signs down in Illinois this past week that spring is on it’s way to Wisconsin! Yeah! Except, the forecasters are saying we are going to get 8 inches of snow on Thursday, just kidding! I think.

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Laura March 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Beautiful! I can’t wait until summer. So these flowers are blooming now, in this cold?

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Danniel March 15, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Oh, no! We wish! I made this disclaimer a few posts ago: These are pictures from previous years. Only foliage is up at this point. I post just to keep us going through these long sunless days.

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Laura March 16, 2011 at 3:18 am

Ah, yes, I remember. Let’s blame this on my fatigue. :)

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Denise March 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm

THANKS! How refreshing and full of HOPE these photos are after the long winter!

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Danniel March 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Thanks Denise. I think so,too. That is what gardening is all about, hope. And thanks for visiting!

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