FIRST FLOWERS OF SPRING 2015!!

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Well Loretta, you made me a believer and I bought a 'Diane' on the way home from work. I suspect the blooms are nearing their end of life though so hopefully this will be one of those moments where I can imagine what it could be. They had some 'Jelena' too but I currently only have room for one. I'm glad I got it too because I checked out the pine again when I got home and it does look pretty sad.

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

Sally--I DID click your link--but had trouble finding the pronunciation.

Then I realized I had to type in the word--and then a deep man's voice pronounced it.

I think I could, probably, pronounce most words in German.
I lived there 7 years--as a child during our DP days.
Guten Nacht! Ich must scchlafen gehn! G.

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Interesting pronunciation, not at all what I thought it'd be in my American mind. Sounds like 'foyer tsauber'.

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Was just outside with Thomas before it started to rain and I spotted something purple and I got EXCITED. Here it is

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Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

oooh! purdy!

No new flower here today, but I did get some pruning done before the rain shower.

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Yay Jan!!! Very nice :) I'm still waiting for mine to come up. Hopefully the warmth today will help them out. I can't remember where I planted mine last fall but stuff is coming up in the area I think they are.

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

Jan, Iris reticulata "Harmony"?

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

These are/were my Mini-Iris. Are these :Retuculata'--or something else?

I dug all of them up last fall and put them in a big tray in soil.
Hence--there will be a some of these tiny divisions available at the Swap.

They were growing right in front of my CLIMBING Rose, and as always--
I needed that spot for something newer and more interesting.

This pic. is from April, 2011

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Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Yes, I believe so, greenthumb. So very vibrant. I saw a J S Dyk also.

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Gita, we cross-posted. I don't know, Gita, but mine are only about 2 or 3" tall.

Pequannock, NJ(Zone 6b)

Gita, that looks like a dwarf bearded iris. I think I see beards, the foliage isn't thin like I. reticulata and the petals are too full.

Congratualtions Sequoiadendron! I hope it does well for you!
I was doing Furzaber. Better stick with Fire Charm!

Beautiful Jan! I. reticulata are probably my favorite spring bulb!

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Gita, I think you gave me some of that iris last fall. From the looks of things, I think it made it through the winter.

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

Gita, those Iris look too tall for I. reticulata, which only grow about 4 inches tall and look almost like they are blooming on top of the ground. Agree that they are likely some "extra early" blooming cultivar of Dwarf Bearded Iris, of which there are many.

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

Some of our Hellebors are finally blooming.

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Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

Jeff--

Maybe I gave you some of the tall, bearded Iris in a pot to you?
It is a deep purple--and it is the one I dug out of my Uncle's yard
after he died. It is very pretty! Will dig up a picture for you.
I did not dig up these Dwarf bearded iris until fall--so I could not
have given these to you. I got these years and years ago from some DG'er.

I had/have some of these still potted up from the "Big Iris Dig" we did here.
Some of the smaller divisions I potted up and some of the pots have been
languishing here and there in my long side bed.

G.

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Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

I cleaned the old yukky leaves off of my Hellebores today,
Most of them had a couple bloom buds--none open yet.

Most of my tight clumps of Daffs have buds so ready to pop
you can almost see yellow through them.
Today sure will hasten this a bit....it was glorious!
G.

Pequannock, NJ(Zone 6b)

Oh, you have a spotted one! So pretty, Greenthumbs! Hellebore buds are just peaking up here. Even H. foetidus is behind. There are only a few buds this year.

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Silver Spring, MD(Zone 7a)

Beautiful hellebores! Mine are soooo late this year. The buds haven't fully opened yet.

Is anyone seeing forsythia anywhere? Doesn't it seem really late for forsythias to be blooming?

I just love ret. irises. I'd love to plant them on the lawn but I should probably get more crocus instead. :)

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

The house across the street from me has forsythia bush--
I gave it to them eons ago.
I can keep an eye on it for bloom--but it does not matter,
I have already pruned my Roses ans fertilized them.

The time just seemed right. Gita

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

To give you an idea how how much our long, cold winter has affected plant development, here is a photo of one of the Hellebores in my above post, but taken on FEBRUARY 24, 2012, a full month earlier than this year.

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Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

No Forsythias here SSG. It might be a week late or so for them. They usually start blooming several weeks after my AP Witchazel..

G: you mailed me those irises in the fall last year. It was late fall, perhaps November. They were small tubers; I'm pretty sure they are the smaller ones. Anyway, they're coming up so we won't have to wonder for more than a couple months.

I'm jealous of your hellebores GT! Mine are still burnt out from the winter.

There is a bunch of stuff starting to poke it's head out of the earth though. I'm actually surprised how much has started to come up, perennial-wise that is. My spring bulbs are still slacking though. I have buds on one of my pulmonaria that I got from Catmint last year.

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Here are a couple pics I took with the phone today.

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Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Wow GT, that's crazy! This past February was terrible for sure. I had checked the almanac for last month and we had 14 days with a low 10 degrees or below. Half the month!

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Here's hoping the cold reduces the number of bad bugs, while, of course, leaving every good bug unaffected.

No forsythia here yet.

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

Do indoor blooms count?

My Clivia is blooming .again....SO pretty!
This is different than the one you have, Sally. This one's leaf tips are rounded.
It is the one the customer at HD gave me....The blooms are bigger clusters
and more intensely orange.
I love it!!! G.

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Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

That Clivia is quite striking G, very nice!

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

That is a better form than the other one, that you gave me. Bloom cluster is tighter.

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

Winter blooming Jasmine, black pussy willows.
Did some serious trimming on the black pussy willow yesterday. I have a bunch of trimmings in containers hope they root for me.

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Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Those black pussy willows are so striking. I wish I had a place to add one, but... and the winter blooming jasmine, I gave away all I had becaaue, again, didn't think I had anywhere to really use it. There's a large one in our community rec area, I should check it out. I can always get some of that if I decide I need it.

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

My Jasmine came from you Sally, if you want any just let me know.

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

Sally--

The Clivia above is a different variety--the leaves are broader and rounded
on the ends. This is the one a customer at HD gave me some years ago.
I call him--"Clivia man"---if I ever see him. I will not divide it...yet....

The one I had first--and divided and gave to you et al--has narrower leaves
with pointy ends. The bloom cluster on it does not compare to the above one.

1--Here is mine, the same as yours. This is the only bloom it has this year.
2--look close to see the difference in leaves. Darker--wider--rounded tips.

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Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Looking good Holly. Black pussy willows are indeed very interesting.

Pequannock, NJ(Zone 6b)

Clivia counts! So pretty!
I also wish I had room for the black pussywillows! They are classy!
I think the jasmine is late this year. Mine are barely blooming. Sally, if you can enjoy them somewhere else, I would. I have my issues with this plant even though I love it.

Vienna, VA(Zone 7a)

Nice flowers everyone! My yard is so dreary, even with the Crocuses and the Primroses that are just starting to bloom.

My Forsythia's blooming though ; - ) This is the top part of an entire shrub.
Edited to clarify that the Forsythia outside are not blooming yet.

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Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Is that a fake forsythia or a real shrub, just inside?

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

I believe Muddy pruned back a Forsythia, brought the cuttings inside, and placed them in a vase with water where they proceeded to bloom.

Silver Spring, MD(Zone 7a)

Wow, that forsythia is gorgeous!

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

That's what I thought GT but she mentioned that no forsythia is blooming outside yet so it confused me.

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

That sure is a bright spot for these cold wintery day. Just beautiful.

Pequannock, NJ(Zone 6b)

That looks beautiful!
The rabbits ate one of my forsythia back to the main stick. It was a small one. The got some of the taller one too. Wonder if I'll get any flowers this year.

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