Saturday, May 9, 2009

Spring in our garden - Vol II

This week has brought the first bloomers among bushes in my garden. Spring has been cold and most of the bushes are without leaves, yet, but the Forsythia and Japanese alpine cherry tree (in Estonian "kuriili kirsipuu") show their lovely spring-robe: one is all yellow, another all white. Photo: Forsythia x intermedia (värdforsüütika) - I have had this bush for 5 years already (however, 2 years ago, Tony ate almost the whole bush), but only this year it shows blossoms in every spray. I can see it from my kitchen window and it lightens up all the mornings! :)Photo: Japanese Alpine Cherry (Prunus nipponica var kurilensis, kuriili kirsipuu) called "RUBY" is a new plant in my garden, but is already blooming very nicely. It starts to bloom much earlier than the normal cherry trees, so it gives a special white spot in the garden either late April or early May (in Estonia).

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Spring in our garden - vol I

Colourful spring, in the means of the well-known spring flowers such as tulips and primroses, has arrived to our garden. This year, we had a long snowy winter and therefore, the tulips are starting to open their lovely blossoms only right now. In fact, the first tulip's blossom was open on my birthday morning! :) I was very delighted about this, of course. The most enjoyable time in the garden has started...


Photo: Very interesting tulips - they look different when the blossoms are closed and different when the blossoms are opened. They have a very deep yelloq heart while the petals are white and deep red.
Photo: The same tulips and their yellow hearts.
Photo: My red mini-tulips! :)
Photo: The first tulips which started to bloom. I bought them last year from a fair and they do look very nice. One of the narcissus has opened its blossom, too.

Photo: Primroses in my new flowerbed next to a stone. Those are typical Drumstick primulas (Primula denticulata) which are very common, in white (alba) and in pink (Rubra) or violet (Violet) colour.
Photo: Primula denticulata Violet
Photo: Primula denticulata Alba
Photo: Primula denticulata Violet
Photo: The ancestors of Primula Juliae "Sneeuwwitje"- a tiny tiny primula - comes from Caucasus mountains and was discovered on 20 April, 1900 by Julia Mlokossjewicz. She was exploring the slopes of her homeland in southwest Russia and discovered this tiny primula growing with moist mosses along a mountain stream.
Photo: Primula cortusoides "Primadiente" should blossom longer than any other primula's type.
Photo: I have 3 plants of Primula cortusoides.
Photo: And finally... the lovely yellow small leaves of Thunberg burberry "Maria".