Spring Flowers

It turned really hot last week, and the aircon was out at work. Teaching reading in a 94 F room? Yeah, not so successful.

A few days ago we finally got some rain, and the next day our yard exploded. Perhaps (regular commenter) Jonathan knows what some of these plants are?

I know violets are considered a weed, but I find them much less obnoxious than the ivy growing in our yard and happily welcome them in our yard.

Wild Violets

Confederate Violets (?)

I thought we had onion grass growing, but then these translucent white flowers appeared. They are so pretty!

White Flowers

I thought we would get a lot of daffodils (or something!) from the early bulbs that sprang out of the ground several months ago, but we got exactly one flower from them.

The rest of the stands are flowerless. I know our house was put up for sale in late March of last year. They mowed the lawn for the photos, and I think they might have “blinded” the bulbs for this year. I’ll see what happens next year, since I haven’t mowed them down yet.

Single Flower

And…Nothing

When Mom came for a visit, she bought us a very Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree-like Japanese Maple. We planted it behind the big rock in our front yard.

Good Man and I also bought a two-in-one Asian pear tree and planted it in the backyard.

Trees are definitely an exercise in patience. I was afraid neither had survived our whacky winder, but then we got a spell of hot weather and some rain!

Leaves

Japanese Maple

Asian Pear Tree

The established trees are also starting to bloom.

Dogwood

Dogwood Flowers

Storm Coming Up

4 thoughts on “Spring Flowers

  1. Hahaha I’m actually a bit stymied as to what those small flowers are — but I believe you’re right in thinking they’re some kind of violet. I think they might be edible too (for use as a garnish, I don’t think they’d add much to flavor). I’m admittedly weak when it comes to herbaceous plants. There’s just so many different varieties and cultivars. They white flower I’m totally stumped on! The only thing I could say to that is that the petals look more like a modified leaf-type structure than an actual petal (kinda like a poinsettia which doesn’t have red flowers but rather red leaves surrounding a tiny yellowish flower). Also, an interesting thing about your Kousa Dogwood; once the flowers get pollinated, the little red berry that appears is definitely edible. I seem to recall it tasting like a weak raspberry.

    • So odd–I didn’t get notification that you posted! Thanks for offering your expertise!

      The red berries that appear in the fall? I can eat those from the dogwoods? Interesting! We have two of them. One was obviously a little weed tree by the fireplace, and the other is right outside our office. It is fun to see all of the creatures that use it throughout the year.

      I’m pretty sure the little flowers are violets, and we did eat some and didn’t die or get sick, so there’s that.

      The white flowers are certainly a mystery. Our neighbor had never seen them before, but we have five places where they’re growing in our yard. He took photos to ask a botanist friend of his, but I haven’t heard back yet. They’re really pretty though.

  2. Oh yeah, and that single yellow flower is (I’m pretty sure) a double flower daffodil variety. If not a daffodil, it’s definitely a double flower something.

    • I had never in my life heard of double daffodils before that thing popped up in my yard and my old coworker (long ago referred to as “Fairy Godmother” on this blog) told me she thought that’s what they were.

      I’m putting off mowing them for as long as possible to see if they will come back next year. (I am sure the neighbors love me.)

      And the Japanese Maple is completely leafed out in feathery leaves now!

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