Sunday, April 10, 2011

What A Difference A Day Makes

This saying has never been so true as today with above eighty degree temperatures from temps in the forties and fifties.  Spring is exploding all over the place, grass growing, buds swelling, daffodils and tulips opening and the promise of things to come is everywhere.

Hyacinth City of Harlem

Hyacinth Pink Pearl

Hyacinth L'Innocence

It is almost too warm for all of these early spring bloomers.  The temperatures are expected to drop to more normal spring weather after some heavy thunderstorms.

Early Sensation is a large cupped daffodil that blooms earlier than all the others.

Daffodil Marieke

Myrtle Blue Dart
Blooming close to foundation where it is warmer

Daffodil Itzim

Daffodil Tete-A-Tete

This is a mystery plant, I did not plant this but I am on a hundred year plus property so this may be a plant of the past.  Before it opened, it looked like some sort of hyacinth or scilla.

Tulip Early Harvest

My new plant for the spring garden
Rockfoil Neon Rose


Bernie said...

Funny, my opening comment on my latest post was 'what a difference a week makes'! Looks like the weather has turned for both of us!

Your Spring has definitely sprung. What gorgeous Daffodils you have all over the place ... and I just adore that little white unknown florwer. But the Rockfoil Neon Rose is the winner for me ... it is really something.

Lynn said...

The Hyacinth L'Innocence is gorgeous. And I love the Rockfoil, it's very striking. Will it flower through the summer too or is it a spring plant?

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

You have so many pretty bulbs blooming there. I want to plant more hyacinths this fall. There is a home near us full of different colored ones and it's so pretty. I love your pretty new Rockfoil. I saw something similar to that planted in a fairy garden at a nursery last week.

Larry said...

Hi Eileen... could your mystery plant be chionodoxa 'pink giant'? Larry

Karen said...

Hi Eileen, Oh, what a bounty of blooms you have going on in your pretty. I love the daffodils and tulips and all the rest and hope the cooler temps slow them down a bit so they can be savored.

We had a very wild weather night here, but came through in one piece. Just ten miles away they weren't so lucky with alot of wind damage. Ah, Spring.

Darla said...

Spring is exploding around you, and beautifully I might add. We can always expect bad weather when the temps soar quickly.

Sissy said...

I am off to research Rockfoil! I must have it, as well!

joey said...

How lovely, Eileen. Though still ahead of me, looks like we both shared an awesome weekend!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Eileen. Girl I love the new plant. It has so many great shades of pink. All of your daffodils are so pretty. It is amazing what a couple of warm days will do. The yellow hyacinth is so pretty and cheerful like the daffodils.

Gatsbys Gardens said...


It was like watching time-lapse photography with all the flowers opening.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Lynn,

The Rockfoil was lovely yesterday. The rabbits got it last night, just ate the flowers.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Catherine,

We are supposed to cool off which will give us a longer time to appreciate the bulbs.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Larry,

Thanks, I'll have to look that one up. Whatever it is it has been here a long time.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Karen,

We did get cooler so the flowers will last longer. I am just watching on TV the damage done in Wisconsin, really bad.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Darla,

That wild weather is very scary. It missed us this time and went further north.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Sissy,

The Rockfoil is lovely but the rabbits ate all of the flowers last night.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Joey,

The weekend was great for working outside. It actually got a little too warm on Sunday.


Gatsbys Gardens said...


I love the new Rockfoil but as I said previously, the rabbits ate all of the flowers last night. I am sure it will survive, but it must have been a real treat for the bunnies.



I was just noticing all the hyacinths blooming in a neighbor's yard. The thing I was wondering is if we hadn't had enough rain for them or if they seem to weaken as they get older. The blooms aren't as compact and "fat" as I'm accustomed to seeing.

You have a lot of lovely blooms!

Gatsbys Gardens said...


They seem to like the moister areas and remain full when they are in this type of environment. I have some purple ones that have been in the ground six years and they are as full as when new. I also have some in drier areas that split into many florets.

They also seem to like full sun rather than shade, but I kind of like the delicacy of the small florets also.


Tootsie said...

love your photos of spring...can't wait till I can see my yard in spring's crisp greens!

leavesnbloom said...

There must be some scent in that garden of yours Eileen with all of those hyacinths in bloom. It's the same here - the blooms are exploding all over the place so much so that I don't know what I'm even going to show for GBBD as there's too much for one post.

That little rockfoil is so lovely with it's darker bands across the petals. That seems to struggle in my garden..... maybe I need to plant it elsewhere as I remember as a child it used to be so easy to grow from a few little bits.

garden girl said...

Your little blue blooms definitely look like chionodoxa Eileen. How cool that they were there when you got there!

Last weekend's weather was glorious! Still, I'm glad the temps are more seasonal now. The daffodils here weren't enjoying Sunday's heat, and I'd like them, and the other spring bloomers to stick around awhile. They bounced back quickly once the temps cooled off, thankfully!

Zoey said...

How did I miss this Post??? 80 degrees---WOW!

I do love the Rockfoil Neon Rose. I am not familiar with it, but it is a pretty cute little flower.

It's in the high 30's here today. I was hoping for a warm weekend so I could get a lot done, but it looks like cold and rain.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Tootsie,

It has warmed up a little, kind of up and down as far as temperatures.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Rosie,

The rockfoil was lovely until the rabbits got it. I put down some granular material and they have not been back, but the flowers are gone.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Zoey,

Well, we have certainly cooled off again. In a way I am glad because all of the bulbs would not have put up with the heat.