Archive for April, 2010

First Asparagus

Friday, April 16th, 2010

I picked the first harvest of asparagus, yesterday. Only nine small spears, but there will be lots and lots to follow in the coming weeks. Judy served it up with egg noodles sautéed with some shiitake mushrooms picked from our logs a couple days ago and fresh spring onions from the herb bed. Just delicious!

GBBD April 2010

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Remember back in September, when I requested help identifying all the plants in my new yard? Well, now that the snow is all melted (I hope), and temperatures are warming up, I’m going to need your help again.

I’m not entirely clueless when it comes to ornamental bloom identification, but at this point, more plants than not are beyond my breadth of knowledge. Like this thing, for example:

Here’s a closer view of the flowers on it:

Do please tell me what this stuff is, because I seem to have a lot of it:

Again, here’s a closup:

And please, please, please tell me what this little bloom is. My first thought was “tulip” but it’s certainly not like any tulip I’ve ever seen.
UPDATE — I’ve been informed this is a Fritillaria meleagris.

And a view looking in:

These two are a little closer to how I normally picture a tulip:

I seem to have a number of different hyacinths (at least, I think that’s what they are):

These were more of a peach color, but the color washed out when I took the photo:

I’m told this is a forsythia (I took this picture over a week ago, but I think it’s still OK to post it today):

And then there are the daffodils.

I think the remarkable thing about my daffodils is not how many of them there are (many — just take my word for it), but how many different varieties there are.

So there you have it. More to come next month! Please help me out with identification and post your answers in the comments below. Thanks!

Carri's Gravatar your checkered tulip flower is a Fritillaria- can’t help you with the others!
# Posted By Carri | 4/15/10 3:53 PM
Anneliese's Gravatar Thank you! One mystery solved!
# Posted By Anneliese | 4/15/10 3:59 PM
Annie in Austin's Gravatar Hi Anneliese – looks like spring has sprung for you.

Maybe Bergenia cordifolia for first mystery..the pink bloomer. Second one looks like Japanese spurge/groundcover Pachysandra.

What an absolutely killer daffodil in the last photo! Talk about your large cups…

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

# Posted By Annie in Austin | 4/15/10 4:13 PM
ricki-sprig to twig's Gravatar Yep, it’s Fritillaria meleagris, or ‘checkered lily’, and isn’t it just the cutest? My mom always called the white, pink and blue flowersd with the grassy foliage ‘scilla’, but I have heard them called Spanish bluebells too. What could be more fun than discovering what you have inherited in a new garden?
# Posted By ricki-sprig to twig | 4/15/10 5:03 PM
Snap's Gravatar You are on an adventure in your new yard … lots of new to you plants. What fun! Lots of wonderful bulbs.
# Posted By Snap | 4/15/10 6:12 PM
GardenJunkie's Gravatar Yup, the “hyacinths” are scilla aka Spanish bluebells, or Hyacinthoides hispanica. I think the first picture is bergenia, as someone already mentioned. It’s also called “piqsqueek” because of the name the leaves make when rubbed together. Love all your daffodils – my favorite spring flowers!
# Posted By GardenJunkie | 4/15/10 8:15 PM
Mr. McGregor's Daughter's Gravatar I second Annie’s opinion that the first plant is a Bergenia, also known as pigsqueak. Rub a leaf quickly between your fingers to hear the pig noise. The second is Pachysandra, probably the Japanese one. And I agree with Carrie & Ricki about the Fritillaria meleagris. They are cool little flowers. The Hyacinths are in decline and will probably never look like bottlebrushes again. They just aren’t good perennializers. You do have a wonderful assortment of Daffodils. I love the pink-cupped one. Sorry I can’t ID it, but I bet the last one is the old standby ‘Ice Follies.’ I think there’s a law that everyone has to grow them.
# Posted By Mr. McGregor’s Daughter | 4/15/10 8:30 PM
Anneliese's Gravatar Thanks everyone, I knew I could count on you!

I have a big mass of flowers that I recognized as scillas, because they are exactly like the ones my mom has outside her back door. After a quick Wikipedia search, I’m guessing they’re Siberian squill. They certainly spread further and further into the lawn each year.

# Posted By Anneliese | 4/15/10 11:20 PM
Sylvana's Gravatar You certainly have a wide variety of daffodils!
The hyacinths are just that. They only have the full beehive look the first spring or two, after that, they look more loosely flowered like these in your picture.
# Posted By Sylvana | 4/16/10 3:27 PM