Sunday, February 15, 2009

Coming attractions

Many have risen...

... but few have budded.

(Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica.)

Shy ones have been spotted, but their lips are sealed.

(Trailing Trillium, Trillium decumbens.)

Mouthy little things, they'll soon be chewing the scenery everywhere you look.

(Toothwort, Cardamine sp.)

Tired of worn winter clothing, some are already sprouting new duds.

(Stoneseed, Lithospermum tuberosa.)

Still sleeping, but last year's faded poster marks the spot of exciting future installments.

(Foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia.)


Anonymous said...

I can't wait!

Gail said...

What a beautiful poem to spring! I love this post. Don't you love the spring ephemerals! When we redid the garden path we added a boulder and it was placed right on top of a patch of bluebells...I didn't know until the next spring! I was so sad~~Have a delicious MOnday! Gail

Rurality said...

Tom, me too. :)

Thanks Gail! Yes the empemerals are my favorites. Well if you ever decide to move your boulder, the bluebells will probably still be there waiting... Hubby mowed a path in a low grassy area here a few years back, and blubells popped up everywhere!

Anonymous said...

Spring! And here I've been getting excited over the odd green sprig of grass or wild onion shoot.

Barry said...

What a wonderful post. There is something magical about the ephemerals who have their own agenda - always giving us such wonderful displays of flowers when we need them most. I so love Mertensia.... have actually found one called M. siberica that blooms into July.... much smaller plant but ohhh, to extend the sky blue blooms.... Thanks for sharing!

Lorianne said...

Woohoo! We have patches of bare ground here in New England, but it won't be another month or so until the mud says "flowers." So I'll enjoy yours in the meantime.

Rurality said...

Anon, yeah the dandelions have been pretty thrilling up til now. :)

Teza, thanks! Ooh bluebells in July sounds so nice.

Lorianne, it's funny to see snow on the ground still in so many blogs I visit, when it's been nice here... But it's turned cool again lately, especially at night. Hubby put one of the tropical plants out for some rain, and forgot to put it back inside. I'm afraid it's a goner!

Ericka said...

yay for spring! it's my favorite. yours seems to be coming right along.