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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Anemone explosion, Daffodils March 29, 2015

Welcome, today I am linking with-

Orange You Glad It's Friday  hosted by Maria

Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

I Heart Macto hosted by Laura

A coy squirrel who enjoys peeking-  "Guess who?"

"I'm a fan"

Spring here is marked by an explosion of Anemones.  They grow from little underground tubers and seem perfectly adapted to the PNW wet and dry seasons.  They start growing in spring, and spread rapidly, so can become large sheets of flowers.



The white ones, Anemone nemorosa, fade pink later.

The purple ones, Anemone nemorosa 'Robinsoniana', will fade to a blue later-

Then when the weather heats up and dries out later, they go dormant and disappear.  This is called being ephemeral, and makes them great for this climate.   During the dry summer and fall it is easy to dig up the little tubers that look like sticks and transplant them to a new area, spacing them out every few inches.

More Daffodils are blooming as well, Sound-

Delibes-

Tahiti-

? rose


And finally, another very prolific spring flower that is on my naughty list, Forget-Me-Nots-

They are sweet little flowers until they take over all your beds and end a mildewed mess.  The change from pink to blue is cute, though.    

We chipped 4 bags of wood chips from branches of the fallen Almond of last week today.  I want to make a new rose trellis for some climbers from some of the branches.    I hope spring is soon arriving to the east coast, show us your flowers!    Hannah

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54 comments:

  1. Wood Anemones were often some of the first wild flowers I would find in spring in the UK. Nice to see some again.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Thanks, Stewart, they always amaze me with their exuberance, so dainty but so strong. I hope soon to capture some photos of more birds in my yard so I can do WBW again.

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  2. Hello Hannah, I love your cute squirrel photos. And your flowers are just beautiful. The daffies are a favorite of mine. But, I love the pretty anemones too. Thank you for linking up, have a happy day!

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    1. Thanks, Eileen, from my initial 2-3 tubers of each color I have huge sheets of the anemones in various beds in my garden, and they are so enchanting in spring. Some of the Daffs have endured over time, some have not. These are all survivors.

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  3. Cute squirrel, love the flowers!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lea

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    1. Thanks, Lea, the squirrels appreciated my seeds and grain, it was a little hard keeping them off the railings but they did seem to learn, I put some seed down the ramp to encourage them.

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  4. Cute squirrel, and daffodil;greeting from Belgium.
    http://louisette.eklablog.com

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    1. Thanks, retriever, your daffodils are incredible, growing wild.

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    1. Thanks, Theresa, spring and the flowers march on, waiting for no one.

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  6. The Anemone leaves look like Pachysandra..Cute squirrel..They are out enforce right now..Beautiful flowers..Still waiting..

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    1. Thanks, Missy, Anemones are just so perfectly cute, minus the slug damage. I hope you get exuberant spring flowers very soon.

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  7. Anemones, I looked them up and in one plant specialist place here in NZ they have a double white.. Sold Out!!! and your daffs, love the last one. Enjoy each day as new plants and bulbs spring up, a lovely time for the garden and gardener.

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    1. I have the double 'Vestal' too, Jean, I didn't go looking for it yet. It is not as prolific a spreader as the other two, and also being very white is difficult to photograph because the double frilly pompom in the middle washes out. Maybe you can find some later in the year when they are dormant again.

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  8. I'm feeling a tad jealous that you have so much blooming now! ;)

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    1. I suppose I should feel guilty, but it is nice to enjoy them. I feel so bad for the east coast and the bad winter. My poor NY sister went off to Florida, she had a broken wrist last year from slipping on ice so couldn't face more snow.

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    1. Thanks, Leovi, it's great to have so many pretty flowers to enjoy, but the California people have a lot more.

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  10. Beautiful spring flowers !! This squirrel is cute !!
    Greetings

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    1. Thanks, Ela, I hope to soon get a photo of the Robins that live around here, and there are more spring flowers coming all the time.

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  11. I thoroughly enjoyed my virtual flower trail walk. You've got some gorgeous flowers in your part of the world too. Blessings!

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    1. Thanks, Arnoldo, I like your art. I'm happy that spring is here and so many more flowers are coming, too.

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  12. Oh how beautiful all those anemones and daffs....cute squirrel too!

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    1. Thanks, Donna, it's amazing how one day they won't be there and the next they are everywhere! But so are the dandelions and artillery weeds. We had 5 squirrels decide to come eat seeds this year, before there was just a suet feeder that one squirrel would try to jump on. I hope we didn't feed them so well they will have a population explosion.

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  13. I love the cute squirrel and the anemones. The usually bloom around Mother's Day here (second weekend in May). It's snowing here again...

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    1. Thanks, Gunilla, I'm sorry you are getting more snow, I hope it warms up for you soon. We seem to be getting a double dose of global warming, I'm wondering how hot our summer will be.

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  14. The anemones and daffodils are gorgeous. But I am so taken with that delightful little peeking squirrel. What a cutie.

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    1. Thanks, Gemma, squirrels can be so cute and such rascals at the same time.

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  15. Beautiful series Hannah! Happy Easter and thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro ♥

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    1. Thanks, Laura, Happy Passover and speedy recovery.

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  16. How much I love the photos of the cute squirrel!!! They are so wonderful animals!!!
    I also enjoy all your beautiful flower pictures very much!
    Have a wonderful springtime... :)

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    1. Thanks, Kathrin, the squirrels have gotten very brave, unless I come out on the deck, then they run. I'm really enjoying the progression of spring flowers. It is heavenly.

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  17. Pretty ain't it, love the squirrel, and the flowers, cheers Hannah.

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    1. Thanks, Bob, it's fun to photograph subjects that don't try to fly away, and more flowers keep blooming all the time, since I spent 20 years here trying for sequential bloom;-). I hope to put up a blind or something soon and capture some photos of other birds in my yard.

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  18. Reminds me of the native Anemone deltoidea in the state park near my parents' house. They don't make a solid carpet, though.

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    1. Thanks, Evan, there's a native here too, I haven't seen it for sale. Somehow when I try to grow some of the natives they don't well for me like I would expect. I think last year's new attempt to grow wild ginger has failed again.

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  19. My favorite is the tahiti daffodil. That is gorgeous and unusual.

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    1. Thanks, Abrianna, Tahiti has such pretty white petals with the little picotees I love, and such a pretty double too.

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  20. Hi Hannah, the flowers are so lovely, especially the forget-me-nots. I grew some Chinese forget-me-nots last year by chance. They were stunning. They looked just like traditional forget-me-nots, just taller and a little bigger. Squirrels are fun critters to watch, aren't they?

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    1. Thanks, Christa, the Borage family is especially good at blues, isn't it? The squirrels are fun, my SIL would be trying to feed them nuts by hand.

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  21. The squirrel is really cute! And all your flowers .... so beautiful!!!

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    1. Thanks, Mary, I have more flowers to photograph coming out there, it's exciting. My species tulips won't be for a while.

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  22. pretty spring flowers. the forget me not's are so pretty.

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    1. Thanks, Felicia, I'm excited to see blooms coming on their beautiful relative, Virginia bluebells, I planted last year. I keep forgetting to go put slug bait around it, last year the leaves were full of holes. I'll have to go check it.

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  23. The blooms are beautiful! Daffodils have such a perky personality to me. Thanks for the forget-me-not ID; I've been seeing these everywhere and couldn't remember what they were called.

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    1. Thanks, Gail, you know they don't want you to forget them, that's why they come up so prolifically in spring. I do forget the Alamo a lot though.

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  24. I'm a sucker for squirrel pictures but the blooms are fantastic too!

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    1. Thanks, Keith, I'm enjoying them, even though the weather has turned colder, but at least no frost. Your hoverfly photos are incredible!

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  25. Wow..lots of beautiful anemones and daffodils! But the forget-me-not was my favorite. So sweet. Loved your cute little squirrel visitor too. To respond to an earlier comment you made on one of my blog posts, I know what you mean about the cholla! I hesitate to plant one in my yard for all the "mess" of the spiny babies that are almost impossible to pick up and clean away!

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    1. Thanks, Linda, I couldn't seem to comment on your blog this time. I loved the magnolias, a sweet memory from my Southern childhood, and the book sounds very interesting. The FMN are a beautiful blue, and so very vigorous. A blessing and a curse.

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  26. Dearest Hannah; Oh, I feel so bad for the absence to your beautiful blog... Sweet and elegant anemones and daffodils♡♡♡ For me 'Forget-Me-Not' has special meaning as my first name has one Chinese Character of the Japanese name '都忘れ’. My name is '都、miyako' :-) I DO hope you are doing well ♪

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

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  27. Thanks, sweet Miyako, I enjoyed your cherry blossoms, they are blooming here on this side of the Pacific Ocean too! Hugs from the PNW.

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  28. So, there are explosions everywhere in the springtime.
    Silence explosions.

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