Spring Flowers

J.E. Shields jshields104@comcast.net
Wed, 17 Mar 2010 12:58:27 PDT
It's a beautiful spring day in Indiana!  There are more flowers blooming 
outdoors every day, it seems.  We have numerous Iris reticulata cultivars 
ion bloom, including 'Gordon', 'Pauline', and 'Pixie'.

One accession of Trillium nivale is blooming in several patches.  Only one 
of the patches suffered chomping by something (snails?) under the winter 
cover of dead leaves.

The first Narcissus of the season is in bloom since yesterday, probably 
Rijnveld's Early Sensation.  There is a form of Crocus coming up in 
scattered places where I did not plant them.

Corydalis angustifolia seedlings are up and in bloom in many places in the 
bed where I originally planted C. angustifolium 'Georgian White'.  This 
species seems to be self-fertile.

My two shoots of Colchicum (Bulbocodium) vernum are in flower.  The buds 
were snow white but they opened the proper pink color.

There are still lots of spring flowers yet to appear.

Jim Shields
in mild and sonny Westfield, Indiana

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
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