Thursday, April 22, 2010

First Bloom

I was surprised to see my first bloom of the year in the alpine garden. It wasn't a spring bulb either, which usually brings me the first color of the year. This tiny little Draba polytricha is about the size of a walnut, with tiny little yellow flowers on its bun-shaped mound of hairy blue-grey foliage.

I finished cleaning up the dead growth out of the raised beds today, a project that takes about 6 to 8 hours altogether. As I was working, I heard some squawks and honks and rhythmic beating of wings, as a large V of Canada geese flew north above me. Welcome back, geese.

6 comments:

nancybond said...

Beautiful! Those darling little blooms are always a welcome sight. :)

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

gorgeous little blossoms...

Kyna said...

Always some happiness when the first spring bloom pops out! :D

Kate said...

Oh, how cute! Is it a native? I wonder if it would survive in my gardens... I love how early it blooms.

Gardenista said...

D. polytricha actually comes from Eastern Europe. My book my Murfitt says it is his favourite Draba. I guess I got a good one!

Chookie said...

You wouldn't expect a plant called Draba to look so pretty! Happy gardening.