Jake and Bathsheba

A blog by two cats who used to live in the same house in Northern Virginia. Unfortunately, they are both no longer with us.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - Spring Flowers

For Thursday Thirteen, we present 13 kinds of spring flowers from our jungle garden. It was hard to limit it to 13, and we know that Mom is going to kick herself later when she finds some better photos she could have used. Unfortunately, she does not have the kind of camera that can take close ups of flowers.

1. Eastern Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis, native to our area.

2. Trillium grandiflorum, also native.

3. Miniature Iris, I. reticulata, non-native

4. Winter aconite, a very early bloomer for us. Some patches bloomed in February.

5. Hellebores, also called lenten rose. These often start blooming in January and last for months.

6. Daffodils, of course!

7. Bloodroot, a native. The flowers last but a day, and emerge before the leaves. The leaves you see in this picture are for wood poppies and periwinkle.

8. Virginia bluebells, Mertensia virginica, Mom's favorite. They only last a short time then totally disappear until the next spring.

9. Tulips, another favorite.

10. Phlox stolonifera, Sherwood purple, is in the foreground and bluebells are behind. It's a great groundcover along our front walk.

11. Here's a European type of dogtooth violet, and its blooms are much more prolific than the native species. The native version is also called troutlily, and can be found with bluebells in the wild. They're lovely in the wild, but you won't see this many blooming so close to one another.

12. Here's a white version of the native dwarf crested iris, I. cristata. The photo of the blue variety was too washed out and looked nearly white.

13. Of course we had to include azaleas. We have some red, white, purple, and pink ones. They certainly make the yard very colorful.

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At Thursday, May 17, 2007 12:14:00 AM, Blogger Lux said...

You have *lots of pretty plants! We like that first one best, the columbine!

At Thursday, May 17, 2007 4:00:00 AM, Blogger Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Beautiful flowers! :) They are all gorgeous. My mom really likes Trilliums - they are the provincial flower in Ontario and it is against the law to pick them! We had lots of tulips, daffodils and crocusses growing last month but now it's too warm for them.

At Thursday, May 17, 2007 6:13:00 AM, Blogger Daisy said...

Those flowers are very beautiful. Let me see here, my favorite are the..... purple iris!

At Thursday, May 17, 2007 7:22:00 PM, Blogger Karen Jo said...

You have some very beautiful flowers blooming in your jungle. I like all of them.

At Thursday, May 17, 2007 10:46:00 PM, Blogger Zoey and the furballs said...

You have very beautiful flowers in your garden. They make a very nice background for your pretty faces.

At Thursday, May 17, 2007 11:49:00 PM, Blogger Rosie & Cheeto said...

WOW, yoo have a backyard wildurness full of beeeeeuitful flowurs! I bet sum are supur gud smelling too! -Rosie

My favorite picktur is the last one cause is shows off B'Sheba's pretty wite belly colur. Very attraktive!! -Cheeto

At Friday, May 18, 2007 1:29:00 AM, Blogger Skeezix the Cat said...

WOW, yoo reely have sum byootiful plants! The Food Lady likes 2lips the best. She took Gramma to FiLoLi and thare were tens of thowzinds of 2lips in bloom at once.

At Friday, May 18, 2007 11:53:00 AM, Blogger LZ said...

Very pretty flowers! Thanks for sharing with us Batsheba.


At Friday, May 18, 2007 8:49:00 PM, Blogger Beau Beau & Angie Over the Bridge said...

We love all dem flowers! They are so beautiful. That's lots of different kinds of spring flowers to have. We'll try to be more proactive to have more flowers for owr garden next Spring.

At Friday, May 18, 2007 10:31:00 PM, Blogger Toffee K. Ripple Fuzzypants & Feline American Angels said...

Wow, Jake ... Your post felt like a bouquet of flowers chosen just for me. They are just for me, right?

At Saturday, May 19, 2007 9:17:00 PM, Blogger Daisy said...

ps: Come on over for some hot popcorn!

At Monday, May 21, 2007 11:37:00 AM, Blogger Forty Paws said...

Oh dear! Maw hast garden envy!!!

How beeyoutiful!

Luf, Us


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