Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ode To Spring Bulbs

There's something so simple and elemental about spring bulbs that it's hard to put their joy into words. Once planted, they return year after year, popping up like little phoenixes, each according to their own schedule. We never know until they return whether they are coming back, how many there'll be, color variations. They offer their brilliant colors, attract all manner of pollinators, everything from a multitude of bees, hummingbirds, even flies. As an amateur photographer, I find that sometimes photos give you a new perspective on flowers' charms. There are several close-ups in these photos and I imagine that this is sort of what a pollinator might see. It's easy to understand how the Dutch at one time prized tulips so intensely that bulbs were trading for the price of houses.
The recent sun has really kicked blooming into high gear. Heady days for the spring palette!
The photos are:
Top line: Kennedia nigrans -- a fabulous vine with contrasting black & gold flowers
2nd line left: Tulipa clusiana -- charming little herbaceous tulips
2nd line right: Boronia megastima -- one of the most fragrant plants you'll ever encounter
3rd line left: Salvia africana-lutea -- odd but lovely ginger-colored flowers
3rd line right: Ranunculus -- I love the peony form of these flowers. Texture!
4th line left: Chaenomeles -- flowers first on bare stems!
4th line right: 'Spoon' osteospermum -- lots of fun & one that kids love
5th line left: Magnolia Alexandrina -- close-up of this lovely large flower
5th line right: Magnolia stellata -- I call these star magnolias 'finger' magnolias
6th line left: Ixia bellendini -- a hardy and charming perennial
6th line right: Peacock moraea -- can you say show-off?
7th line left: Double form daffodil -- love these doubles!
7th line right: Interior shot of Orange Emperor tulip
8th line left: Interior shot of red tulip
8th line right: Freesia -- so many colors of this fragrant S. African bulb
9th line left: Red sparaxis
9th line right: Orange sparaxis
Bottom line left:Tricolor sparaxis -- one of my faves
Bottom line right: Iceland poppy -- A gorgeous and uncommon color

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