Friday, May 10, 2013

The Lush Begins

I am seeing Buttercups, Ranunculus bulbosus, in glorious bloom in my travels now. Buttercup is a naturalized alien, stout rooted and a pretty aggressive weed, but it is mesmerizing when thick stands of it are in bloom.

Some buttercups followed me home and I left them to grow in the cabin side bed along the driveway. Mine are just now starting to bloom. Believe it or not, in my profession plants can follow me home all on their own. I did not deliberately bring them here. I have found several other potentially desirable hitchhikers growing in my dung piles.

The Lush begins. The new carpet of green is thickening up and gathering strength to lurch high in what feels like the blink of an eye. There is looking to be a short intermission first. Monday and Tuesday morning's diagnoses are showing lows of 35. Better 35 than FREEZE WARNING!! PANIC! Still, at this elevation that is close enough for some minor concern. It could freeze. It won't be a killing frost though. Unless the diagnosis changes.

Woodland Phlox, Phlox divaricata, from last year's discard rack settled in nicely and are blooming well. I got seven of them total. Now they need to colonize.

The Lush begins. I watched a pair of Indigo Buntings getting busy. Such an odd couple. The female is a mousy brown.

Last year all the yellow Louisiana Iris froze. I didn't get much bloom from them. The year before they were spectacular. It better not freeze now that the Lush is in full swing.

Colonies of the Dwarf Crested Iris, Iris cristata, will be expanded this year. This patch was started from not much more than a single sprig. I have about ten colonies now, plenty to take divisions from. For such a petite little thing it is quite prolific.

In the land of the Lush, many things are quite prolific.


Lola said...

Ouch. Sure hope it doesn't get too cold for all that beauty.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Isn't this time of year fun?? Love seeing the lush as it opens and spreads.

Dianne said...

As a cattle farmer, I hate, hate, hate buttercup. It is crazily invasive and we spend a lot of time trying to get rid of it. Love the Indigo bunting. I only see them occasionally. I do have bluebird families coming and going to feed their babies. I am going to try to move those wild iris. I love them. I also have a wild azalea to move, but I am concerned that it might not survive. You continue to expand my horizon on the wild flowers. I see them on your blog, then I go look for them. Thank you!

Christopher C. NC said...

Lola My 15th is the sort of safe date. A little chill won't do much damage.

Lisa it is fun seeing what is coming up. I have found more Indian Paintbrush - thrilled and I think baby Echinops bannaticus that I had seeded a while back.

Dianne you really should come visit some time. Just holler. You can email me at the name of the blog at gmail dot com.