Wednesday, March 17, 2010

look at what I found

While I was weeding and pulling out ivy, here after known as spawn of the devil, I came upon a
snowdrop. One solitary snowdrop pushing its way through the spawn of the devil. The reason I know what it is because some great bloggers from Blotanical had great posts about the flower. What a find. Proof that you never know what will show up in your garden.


I love garden cam shots of flowers and plants pushing up through the ground.


My blogger friends in warmer climes have posted some really great pictures of Hellebores. Ours are through the ground and will bloom soon enough.


Our swamp mallo came back! I'm always nervous about new stuff. They are native to Ohio and we got them at the Wilmot Nature Center which is about 60 miles sout east of us. The Nature Center has a native plant sale every year combined with a day of hikes and seminars. As the name implies, swamp mallo does well in perpetually "moist" areas. It seeded itself last year so I need to keep an eye out for little guys poping up.


While I was weeding the day lilies I came across this little flower. Knowing that some flowers are attached to weeds, and this is in the front yard, which I know nothing about, I yelled for Pat. This delicate little flower and the attached foliage and root system ended up in my weed bucket. So now I know.




These are the hands of a happy man. I'm finally gardening. There is something very peaceful about weeding.

18 comments:

Noelle said...

I have fallen in love with snowdrops from other people's blogs. Sadly, I probably will never find one in my garden ;^) I am glad you did though.

Edith Hope said...

Dear Jim, This is such a positive posting. After what seems like an eternity of a winter, you are once more out in your garden AND gardening.

Bernie said...

Great to see you can get out into your garden once more ... what a terrific find! Great photos of that lovely little snowdrop.

kilbournegrove said...

Yay, a snowdrop. How come squirrels aren't planting them in my yard, I will have to give them the "lecture". I need some dirty hands, hopefully it will still be warm on the weekend.

Kyna said...

Those are truly the hands of a happy gardener! :D

LOL @ spawn of the devil :D I never understand why people plant ivy...was it planted before you moved there? Is it just something that runs wild?

Love the snowdrop!

Ceara said...

Wow what a nice surprise! Goes to show you never know what will come up in your garden. How long have you lived there and raised plants? Maybe dig around a bit and see if there are other bulbs.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Ahhh it feels good to get those hands dirty again. LOL! I gather the duck was just passing through on the way to the pond.Much better than deers. Have fun in the dirt.
Lona

Meredith said...

How exciting, Jim, your first dirty hands of the season. :) Weeding can be quite meditative, yes, although it's tough sometimes to force oneself to yank out a delicate little flower -- even knowing it's a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Congrats on that first snowdrop!

Kimberly said...

Your "hands of a happy man" made me laugh! Your snowdrop is a great find. I remember years ago finding some type of lily in my yard...popped up overnight and I never planted it there. BONUS!!

Shady Gardener said...

Oh! I can hardly wait to begin digging! :-) Looks really great over there... happy Spring!

WiseAcre said...

Now that's a snowdrop to make note of. I had to settle for a Crocus today :)

Too bad chickweed is such a weed. It has such a pretty little flower. I like how the petals are so divided.

LC said...

One snowdrop is one more than I have in my gardens... I'm seeing them all over the blogs- guess I'll have to consider adding some as they are quite lovely! LC

FlowerLady said...

How thrilling to find that snowdrop, and to watch everything else emerging from their long winter nap.

Happy Spring ~ Happy Gardening,

FlowerLady

Barbara said...

What a nice post. After reading it and several others on snowdrops, I think I'll have to follow suit. I have whole large patches of them, and they are the joy of March in the garden. Spawn of the devil indeed!

debsgarden said...

My hands have been looking like that, too! I found a handful of snowdrops and transplanted them to a place they can be seen more often. They have such pretty flowers; I like the tiny green dots they have. Happy gardening!

kanak7 said...

Hi Jim....loved your post! After all that snow, to be finally getting your hands in the dirt....!! Lovely pictures, especially of the snowdrop. I'm getting acquainted with a whole lot of beautiful blooms from your part of the world. Now that Spring has come, there'll be LOTS to look forward to!

Happy Spring!

gloria said...

Hurray for happy gardening hands. I hope to get my hands in the dirt tommorrow - We still have a bit of snow, but it is almost gone!

persephone said...

Hey Jim! Your mentioning snowdrops reminded me of a great article from Gardens Illustrated that I inherited from a good friend a while back: http://www.gardensillustrated.com/issue/february-2009
Sadly Gardens Illustrated doesn't publish their magazine content online, but it was awesome seeing the Brits devotion to their 'drops!
More on that: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/white-gold-britains-new-love-for-snowdrops-780191.html

Also, I agree, weeding is so cathartic. Exercise that makes an immediate difference!