Sunday, April 15
Stop the Presses... Another Bloom for Bloom Day!
I know, it doesn't look like much. But it cheered me this afternoon to see that my fritillaria uva-vulpis (aka fritillaria assyriaca, aka Fox's Grape frittilary) were not only back to vertical after the heavy snow... they're blooming! (And wonder of wonders, they actually look like the picture on the package.)
When investigating these frits, I found some interesting information via the charming Paghat's Garden website and verified it elsewhere: This fritillary has more DNA than any other plant or animal yet discovered--about 25 times that found in the cell of a human being. Why it has that much, nobody knows.
These last-of-the-bag frits, which ended up in bare soil where I had extra space (and they have no competition) are blooming now. The 20 or so that I interplanted with thymes, 'Bressingham Ruby' bergenia, and other plants meant to better show them off are a day or three behind. It doesn't make for great pictures right now, but it is promising. And all should multiply to make an even better show next year.
And here are the tulips that didn't quite live up to their picture. I'm actually starting to warm up to these guys. My initial disappointment is past, they glow in the sunshine... and all of your comments made me feel better about them, too.
Out of the rest of my tulips, only a small handful remain mostly horizontal post-snow. Of those, the stems only seem to be bent--not broken--so I'm letting them go for now. If they remain horizontal but still bloom... well, then I'll just have a nice bouquet to bring indoors, right?
To see what's blooming in other gardens around the world on this 15th day of April, 2007, visit Carol's April Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens.