This fall I decided to plant some early blooming bulbs that could be seen from my front window near the porch where there is sun and the snow melts first. I was tired of waiting for the mounds of snow to melt in the other areas of the garden I could not get to or see easily. Of course I am hopeful that the snow crocuses will come up with snowdrops first in this warmer area. We shall see. I have had snow crocuses come up as early as mid-February when we have had mild winters which this winter is not. Still I am an optimist.
So with everything buried beneath several feet of snow and frigid temps, I decided to write about on one of my favorite very early blooming bulbs, Dwarf Dutch Iris. I posted a picture of these beauties recently and had many questions about them; and I still get lots of questions from neighbors and friends when they see these in bloom in my yard. They make a stunning display as they grow in and multiply.
Known as Iris reticulata it has a very large flower and grows to 5 inches tall in zones 3-8. They bloom in early April.
This plum color is one of the rarest and most beautiful. It is also comes in various shades of purple and blue to almost white.
These yellow ones are actually Iris danfordiae, but called Dwarf Dutch iris as well. They are recognized by the bright canary yellow color and grow in zones 5-9.
I recommend growing these beauties for a great show come early spring.
The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size. ~Gertrude S. Wister
Head on over to Tootsie Time to see who else is flaunting their flowers today!!