Blue-Eyed Mary is a native winter annual that blooms in the Spring, sets seed in the summer, germinates in the fall and then starts growing in February.
I love it and have my fingers crossed in hope that it's better at hiding than I am at searching.
Early blooming daffodils.
Aren't they worth mucking about in the mud!
A few Dandelions for the earliest visiting honeybees.
Slippery Elm glowing above it all.
Really, not bad for a chilly few days in the garden...
I am several days late for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, but don't let that keep you from popping over to May Dreams Gardens to see what Carol is up to...
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.
Not bad at all, dear Gail! I do so hope your blue eyed Mary shows up soon, knowing how much you love it. What a beauty that cutie false rue anemone is! That blue sky is the stuff of dreams.ReplyDelete
I especially love the daffodil! I'm guessing that wonderful light is near sunset.
Have a wonderful day!
Even if you didn't find blue-eyed Mary (love that name!), it was certainly worth crawling about in the garden to see all those hellebores--gorgeous! Even though I know you're a couple zones warmer than I am, I'm still surprised to see the daffodils and crocuses already blooming--such a welcome sign of spring. I hope Mary arrives soon!ReplyDelete
Oh, I needed those blooms today. The wind is whipping about making the wind chill feel like single digit temps. Send it north please. Enjoy your day.ReplyDelete
I hope Blue-eyed Mary shows up soon. Until then, your other flowers are beautiful! It was well worth crawling through the mud to photograph them!ReplyDelete
Good luck with the blue-eyed Mary! Do have seeds, or can you get them?ReplyDelete
I always get excited to see your new spring arrivals. It means that it won't be long and I will be seeing the same things. I hope Mary shows up for you. She is a beauty. Happy GBBD.ReplyDelete
Oh, that is lovely. I am excited to see your ephemerals. You have many different ones from mine. Hugs.~~DeeReplyDelete
Beautiful photos! My hellebores and crocus are cheering me up as well. I must remember to look for seeds of Collinsia verna--I am always looking for things to add cheer to the winter landscape. Thanks for introducing me to this charming plant!ReplyDelete
Just beautiful! Your photos make me feel I am right there in your garden...so much loveliness!ReplyDelete
At this time of year, these blooms are a balm!ReplyDelete
I think H. 'Diane' has the prettiest color!! You have a lot of great color!!ReplyDelete
I'm getting antsy looking at all these pics of spring blooms. We are still a good month away to see any of these.ReplyDelete
Wow, you're about a month ahead of me and I am jealous! Those Hellebore shots are stunning! They're good models to start with, but your talents and your camera certainly do them justice. Beautiful post, Gail!ReplyDelete
Definitely worth a tramp about in the mud and sunshine. I love those Hellebores and wish I could grow them down here, but alas, I'll just have to enjoy them through bloggers who grow them and share them like you. Thank you ~ FlowerLadyReplyDelete
Gail I love your early blooms...I hope to see these in a couple of weeks.ReplyDelete
The Colinsia is adorable! I'm sure it will appear soon. Your other spring blooms are lovely. I can't wait for my own Tommies!ReplyDelete
The Collinsia has a look about it that it might be good for cuttings - providing you can find the original plant. Enjoyed reading about your Naturalist Class. It is wonderful to find an activity and like-minded group of souls. Kevin & I are going to sign up for some birdwatching/naturalist classes in March. Wondered if you have read Wesley the Owl by Stacey O'Brien - took it out of the library last week on the recommendation of blogger Barbie and couldn't put it down - delightful story about a biologist who raised a barn owl for 19 years. In the meantime, thanks for the blossoms - things are very snowy/raining and blah here at the moment. Can always count on my southern neighbours for a flower snack this time of year.ReplyDelete
I haven't Barbara but will look for it at the library...Thanks for the recommendation.Delete
It can be amazing what turns up when you look for something else.ReplyDelete
My gardeners heart needed to see those beautiful blooms....ReplyDelete
Hope you find your special one.
Sigh here in NH we still have lots of snow.. Your wonderful flowers are beautiful :)ReplyDelete
Gorgeous, gorgeous photos, Gail! Even that Dandelion had me smiling! As I stare out at a pure white snowy landscape I'm wishing I lived closer to you...ReplyDelete
Yippee! Spring is starting it's trip to the north. It looks to be a later start here than last year, but I will be patient for awhile.ReplyDelete
Oh, you! I always think there may be a chance of posting before you (ha)! Things are looking Very Good down your way! I have a little more planning to do, yet. Happy Early Spring, Gail!ReplyDelete