A few of my favorite things #4

Spring flowers—and lots of ’em.  This is but a sample from the last few days.  From here on out it’s an explosion of color.  I promise not to share them all at once.

Close-up of blooming Missouri violet (a.k.a. banded violet; Viola missouriensis) (2009_03_07_012109)

Missouri violet (a.k.a. banded violet; Viola missouriensis)

Close-up of blooming roadside blue-eyed grass (a.k.a. dotted blue-eyed grass or southern blue-eyed grass; Sisyrinchium langloisii) (2009_04_11_014922)

Roadside blue-eyed grass (a.k.a. dotted blue-eyed grass or southern blue-eyed grass; Sisyrinchium langloisii)

Close-up of blooming redstem stork's bill (a.k.a. pin clover, redstem filaree or common stork's-bill; Erodium cicutarium) (2009_03_08_012539)

Redstem stork’s bill (a.k.a. pin clover, redstem filaree or common stork’s-bill; Erodium cicutarium)

Close-up of blooming shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) (2010_02_20_049841)

Shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Close-up of blooming crowpoison (a.k.a. crow poison or false garlic; Nothoscordum bivalve) (2009_03_08_012511)

Crowpoison (a.k.a. crow poison or false garlic; Nothoscordum bivalve)

Blooming common grape hyacinth (Muscari botryoides [sometimes Hyacinthus botryoides]) (2009_03_08_012623)

Common grape hyacinth (Muscari botryoides [sometimes Hyacinthus botryoides])

Close-up of blooming henbit (a.k.a. henbit deadnettle or greater henbit; Lamium amplexicaule) (2010_02_20_049844)

Henbit (a.k.a. henbit deadnettle or greater henbit; Lamium amplexicaule)

Close-up of blooming Texas ragwort (a.k.a. Texas groundsel, Texas butterweed or Texas squaw-weed; Senecio ampullaceus) (2009_03_07_012215)

Texas ragwort (a.k.a. Texas groundsel, Texas butterweed or Texas squaw-weed; Senecio ampullaceus); note the crab spider in the lower right corner (no name for the little critter as I didn’t pull enough details in any of the photos to make a positive ID, though I can narrow it down to a genus or two)

[all photos from White Rock Lake]

19 thoughts on “A few of my favorite things #4”

    1. I’m glad I could give you something to look forward to, Jain. I admit wildflowers down here usually begin showing up in the early to middle part of February, but this year they had one major issue to contend with: over a foot of snow around Valentine’s Day. Oops! But those that didn’t survive that problem started over a few days later, and now they’re back on track.

  1. Oh my. I am positively SEETHING with spring jealousy over here. Gorgeous, and gives me hope that winter may, in fact, eventually be over…even here.

    1. So, TGIQ, I probably shouldn’t mention we’re now enjoying t-shirt and shorts weather. Keep in mind that also means severe storms–our first outbreak is scheduled for this weekend–because winter pushes us into the arms of tornado season. And we can still have outbreaks of cold (the latest snow down here has been in April). Still, watching trees bud and grass turn green and flowers bloom and all manner of critters stirring is a welcome sight. Spring has definitely begun its northward march, though I can’t say when it will arrive in your neighborhood. But I can say it will definitely get there–at some point.

      1. I am currently trying to convince myself that there are buds on my maple trees. Small buds, but buds nonetheless. If I could will them into being, they would be here already.
        And yes, please keep your shorts/tshirt comments to yourself. πŸ˜›

  2. So beautiful! We still have lots of snow in places and slushy mud! Looking forward to the daffodils poking through some day!

    1. Thank you, Marie-Ann! It might take a bit of time, but change is on its way. Just like autumn’s slow march southward, spring pushes winter into retreat by moving northward. It’s a breathtaking turn of the tide that looks like a seasonal lowering and raising of a curtain. Hopefully it will arrive there sooner rather than later so you can see the daffodils again.

    1. I had to laugh, Marvin. I was just thinking there’s so little of our weather that anyone envies, yet early spring does take the top spot on a short list of climatic bragging rights. But when it’s over 100 degrees and insufferably humid in a few months, our bragging days will be done!

      1. I spent the first 35 years of my life on the Texas coast (Aransas Pass then Houston) so I do know exactly what you mean, Jason. An early spring is the only thing about your weather I envy. πŸ™‚

        Late July and August can get miserable hot (and surprisingly humid) here in the Ozarks, BUT in a normal year our summer is over by September first.

        1. That’s so cool to know, Marvin. I didn’t realize you’d lived down here.

          And now I’m envying your weather: If only Texas summers ended by September first…

  3. Oohhh, so lovely! And they’ve been out long enough that your Shepherd’s Purse has actually had time to set seeds! It’ll be another month (at least) before we start seeing wildflowers here, even the early ones. Our spring show like yours won’t start being seen till mid- to late April. It’s nice to be able to enjoy spring vicariously through the blogs of others until ours finally gets around to arriving.

    1. You tickle me, Seabrooke. I remember saying I’d enjoy winter snow vicariously through your blog (sure, it’s normal down here–just not in the large volume we saw this year!).

      The shepherd’s purse and some other hardy plants survived the mid-February blizzard that wiped out a lot of the early bloomers. And since insect activity rarely stops for more than a few days at a time, those that survived the snow storm are further ahead. But it’s cool to see the setback was short-lived: it only took a week or two for plants to recover and for all the color to start showing up again.

  4. Oh please share them all at once!

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    That henbit pic is something… so much detail one never notices in such a tiny little flower.

    1. I know henbit is considered a weed, Laura, but it’s purple–my favorite color–and it’s so dainty and so beautiful that I never get enough of it. Just don’t tell my neighbors that I endorse lawn invasions.

      And there’s a lot more color to show. I think after a week of focusing on flowers, I walked away with a rainbow of dozens of species. What I’m most excited about is the looming explosion of prairie flowers in the meadows. That’s a breathtaking sight to behold!

  5. Gorgeous Jason. I love the early Spring, when everything is still freshness and promise. Here too in West Wales things are getting moving, though the overnight ground frosts can still pinch and scorch. Good that the massive drifts of snowdrops are impervious to the cold, and have been blooming for the past five weeks. In our orchards the matted grass of Winter is beginning to sprout green, and rosettes of primroses are emerging at speed to star the ground beneath the trees. Daffodils and narcissi are trembling on the brink of unfurling. With some sunshine to help, our garden and the woodlands encircling us could be in full Spring glory before we know it. What a relief!

    1. Thank you, Clive! You describe it so well: that feeling of newness and promise when spring first gets underway. What’s most interesting is that this has been a harsh winter for a lot of people who normally don’t have such brutality during the season. Sure, cold and some snow, but not like this winter. I think there’s a huge sense of anticipation and relief shared by many who just want winter to end–and they want it to end yesterday!

  6. Hi Jason – I’m so glad Spring is here! I planted a mix of native wildflower seeds in the fall, and I have lots of green plants growing…can’t wait to see them all.

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