Friday, March 21, 2008

New Arrivals

The recent arctic blast did not seem to have much effect.

It may even be best for it to stay cool so we do not have a repeat of The Great Easter Freeze of 07. Last year Easter was in the second week of April. I think another freeze this Sunday will be fine.

It is not staying cool however. I broke a sweat working today.

New things continue to pop out of the ground in this warmth. I am finding the Chionodoxa forbesii spread hither and yon. I have a feeling when things get transplanted around here, they may often have hitchhikers.

This must be the Puschkinia libanotica or a different colored Chionodoxa or maybe a Scilla tubergeniana. I'm going with the Puschkinia.

More of the Trumpet Daffodils are opening. This may be a different one. 'Honeybird' perhaps?

The initial assault has begun for client number two, the work I was doing today. I offered my services to the folks across the street and was hired to clean out the front entry. Underneath the blue aster, goldenrod, blackberry, virgin's bower and elderberry was a very nice mixed shrub planting. The Chamaecyparis were cooked in The Great Easter Freeze of 07 and will have to come out.

Finally there is some action in the wild forest. I don't know what this is yet.

Or this. I'm not sure if that leaf goes with the flowers.

These are the Anemone blanda that are also spread hither and yon and come in several colors. This is another one of those things planted by the resident gardeners that they don't see much of because they are not here permanent till it is warmer. I don't think they realize how much of it there is.

So far it is just a light sprinkle.

I can't believe this came out in focus. I just clicked and prayed. The position required to see the display screen for this shot was not socially acceptable pointed towards the road. I'll go for a Trumpet Daffodil 'Goblet' on this one.

I work. I wander the ridge top garden and utility meadow in the evening. Everyday there is something new to see.

This mountaintop garden is a bit like the ever changing sky.


Phillip Oliver said...

I absolutely love the daffodil in the first photo. Do you know what variety that is?

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What an interesting sky.

Frances, said...

Things are looking great. I vote for pushkinia in the one shot. Is that Rip Van Winkle in the first, I have an inherited daff that has so many petals it has trouble opening evenly, they stick together then the rain blobs them up. Has that happened to some of yours? Wonderful that your services are being recognized as desirable!

Christopher C. NC said...

Phillip, the first Daffodil is Narcissus minor var. pumilus 'Rip Van Winkle' to the best of my knowledge. It is an early bloomer and they are in several locations.

Francis I have not noticed any having trouble opening yet. It has only just begun.

Lisa I love those quilted pillow clouds.

Annie in Austin said...

I grew that Rip Van Winkle many moons and about 4 gardens ago - it's still cute.

Maybe the one above Anemone blanda could be the native Anemone caroliniana? Or a pasqueflower? Which would be appropriate for an Easter weekend.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

chuck b. said...

I like the Puschkinia!

Christopher C. NC said...

Annie, I am going to go look at the unknown white flower again today to see if it has opened. The large sepals under the flower look different than anemones.

Chuck I have now found a lot more of the Puschkinia.