The Vagaries of Spring

Volunteer crocuses

Big purple volunteer crocuses emerged in the backyard around March 20 and are still blooming.

Allegheny spurge

The native Allegheny spurge (Pachysandra procumbens) has spread considerably, and doesn’t seem to be fazed by the temperature swings.

First daffodils, last snow

As is nearly always the case in Chicago, there’s a depressing late snowfall. It happened right as the first daffodil blooms appeared this past weekend. The snow was gone within a day, which is also typical!


9 responses to this post.

  1. The purple crocus look lovely, and what a bonus that you didn’t have to plant them. Do you think a neighbourhood squirrel did some gardening for you? The bulbs surrounded by snow is a familiar sight.


  2. Posted by lakechicagoshores on April 1, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    We’ve had a single purple crocus in the backyard since we moved in, but this is the first year we have several scattered around. I’m guessing there’s a forgetful, hungry squirrel out there!


  3. Ah, the familiar sight of daffodils drooping in the snow!

    With all the mischeif squirrels can get into in the garden, it’s nice when they pitch in and help with the planting now and then.


  4. Posted by lakechicagoshores on April 2, 2009 at 10:23 am

    No kidding – my poor shrubs suffered from the squirrels’ inability to find the crocus bulbs!


  5. The Allegheny Spurge is so pretty and fresh. I cleared out all of the Japanese one because it always looked so ratty at the end of winter.


  6. Posted by lakechicagoshores on April 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    The native spurge isn’t quite as vigorous (a.k.a. invasive) as the Japanese variety, but it does seem to handle the winters a lot more gracefully. I picked up mine at The Natural Garden in St. Charles.


  7. Crocus: I have a ton of squirrels and they’ve never given me crocuses (or croci?)

    Pachysandra: I stole some from my mom’s yard last fall and it’s one of the only green things in the yard. Now I’m worried I got the japanese variety!

    Daffodils: I can’t believe yours were about to bloom when the snow came. Mine are still BB – Before Bloom.


  8. Posted by lakechicagoshores on April 2, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    The only daffs that are blooming are the ones getting the most sun – are yours in shady places?

    I don’t know if I could tell the difference between the Japanese and native pachysandra – I’m the gardener who dithered months trying to figure out if the bittersweet was American or Oriental. Chances are that it’s Japanese because the Allegheny stuff is not widely sold, though.


  9. Yeah, the daffs are in part sun/shade. As for the Pachysandra, I just called my mom and it is japanese — out it comes!


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