Monday, April 03, 2006

well, that's what umbrellas are for

Sounds like it was a wet, wet weekend all over Germany, but what's a little rain in the grand scheme of things? I kind of like rain, it keeps things alive, you know?

Between showers on Friday afternoon I managed to scurry into the garden and take a couple of pictures of what's been coming up lately. I've noticed that our garden seems to be about 2 weeks behind everyone else's despite the southern exposure, so there are things blooming now that should have been blooming mid-March. Added to that was the long winter this year, making everything a bit later than usual.

These are called Winterlinge or winter aconite in English, and are usually the first to appear in our garden. I don't ordinarily care for yellow flowers all that much, but these ones kind of remind me of little hula dancers, so I let them stay.



Then we have our Galanthus nivalis, the common snow drop or Schneeglöckchen. When my kids were little they used to refer to them as nose drops!



A couple of years ago Mr. M brought me home a plant that I thought was a snowdrop, but when it bloomed I saw it was something quite different - Spring Snowflake or St. Joseph's Bells, Märzenbecher in German. It has a very faint violet-like scent, thus the Latin name Leucojum vernum, stemming from the Greek leucos for white and ion for violet. Apparently these plants are fairly rare and are a protected species so we're thrilled that this one has survived this long. I'm hoping it's going to spread out and stay for a while.



I bought these primulas the other day and will be planting them in containers out front when I get a chance. I love all the different colours they come in and how cheerful they look with their bright yellow centres.



They're calling for yet more rain this week. Oh well. You know what they say about April showers...

29 Comments:

At April 03, 2006 5:05 AM, Anonymous Franzie said...

thanks for a touch of home!!
The Schneegloeckchen and Maerzenbecher are just sooooo beautiful and I really miss seeing them. To me they're just the ultimate messengers of spring and have always made my heart jump at the end of a long long winter.

 
At April 03, 2006 6:41 AM, Blogger The SeaWitch said...

What beautiful flowers you have Christina! I must be the worst gardener ever. All my plants died during the last snowfall in Athens and now I'm left with one dead Benjamin tree and a balcony full of green weeds...although some of them do grow flowers. LOL I'd post pics of them but the embarrassment would be too much for me to handle. hehehe

 
At April 03, 2006 7:48 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

Four pictures of hope! Thanks, I needed that. :)

 
At April 03, 2006 7:52 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Lovely. Especially the colorful Primeln, which I also love :-)

 
At April 03, 2006 8:44 AM, Anonymous rebecca said...

Sigh.... I miss my garden. A balcony/patio just isn't the same.

 
At April 03, 2006 9:30 AM, Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Yeah…I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of the weeds.

 
At April 03, 2006 12:33 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

beautiful flowers!! I love snow drops! We planted them all around our yard trees at my dads house. it is soo beautiful in the spring.

 
At April 03, 2006 1:22 PM, Blogger Mike B said...

I should be out planting the primulas we bought yesterday, but instead I am here admiring their potential through your lovely shots!

 
At April 03, 2006 2:58 PM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

So, at last, Spring has arrived in Germany.

 
At April 03, 2006 2:59 PM, Blogger Ms Mac said...

Awww! How beautiful! I saw some snow drops the other day and surprised myself by being genuinely delighted at the sight of them! That's how long a winter it was, I guess!

 
At April 03, 2006 3:08 PM, Blogger mar said...

You have beautiful flowers! Märzenbecher, are they like Maiglöckchen only bigger? wonderful, all of them!

 
At April 03, 2006 4:18 PM, Blogger christina said...

franzie - I guess the spring flowers are quite different in Australia! We had snowdrops in Canada but I'd never seen the Märzbecher until I came here.

Seawitch - I'm not a great gardener either - what survives with minimum care gets to stay, and what dies gets thrown out. We've experimented with so many plants and most of them have croaked so now I mostly stick to the tried and true.

Lisa - Spring is on its way and there's *always* hope! :-)

Karen - The primulas always make me smile

rebecca - I know. The first five years we didn't even have a balcony and I'm thrilled that we have a garden now.

Duncan - One man's weed is another man's treasure. Or something. :-)

andrea - I love the way the snowdrops spread out every year and just keep coming back. Those are my kind of plants.

Mike - I've been looking for a moment to get out there too, but it just won't stop raining.

Elemm - Well, something that's looking pretty close to spring.

Ms. Mac - the snowdrops are just so small and unassuming, but the seem to put everyone in a good mood.

Mar - In a way they're like a bigger Maiglöcken, but they actually have much narrower leaves and the flowers petals have green tips. Looks like spring is the time for lots of different small white flowering plants. I wonder if there's a reason for that?

 
At April 03, 2006 5:11 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

I love the last photo the most. All of those colors make me so happy... I'm hoping more and more flowers spring up here but so far, I haven't see anything too interesting yet.

And it was reported that some areas of Germany were really flooded from the rain lately.

 
At April 03, 2006 5:41 PM, Anonymous wendi said...

pretty flowers

 
At April 03, 2006 6:11 PM, Blogger christina said...

Expat - you should have the daffodils coming out pretty soon, and the cherry blossoms too. My mum said her cherry tree bloomed in winter this year!
I'ver rarely had the primulas come back if I leave them in the garden, I think you have to plant them new every year depending on how cold the winters are.
Parts of Dresden have been flooded and I'm not sure where else but it looks pretty bad on the news. The rivers sometimes get a bit high where we are but nothing serious.

Wendi - Thanks for stopping by!

 
At April 03, 2006 7:54 PM, Blogger J said...

Of course we know what April showers bring - May flowers. What do they bring? Pilgrims!

 
At April 03, 2006 9:22 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Such beautiful pictures, Chistina. If the weather holds a bit, I might just get a few flowers, pots and fresh earth for our garden and surprise Orange when he comes home this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed. :-)

 
At April 03, 2006 9:49 PM, Anonymous Garnet said...

Gorgeous flowers!!!

 
At April 03, 2006 11:38 PM, Blogger christina said...

J - Pilgrims? Are you sure? :-)

CanadianSwiss - good idea if it's not too soggy. I've heard the gardne centres are losing money this year becuase no one's buying yet so you can boost the Swiss economy!

Hi Garnet! Thanks for stopping by!

 
At April 03, 2006 11:45 PM, Blogger Haddock said...

I actually planted out some Zuchinni today. Its way to early, and future frosts will probably get them. But its good to experiment :)
I really must plant smoe snow drops for next year as I really like them. A simply flower but quite affective :)

 
At April 04, 2006 4:16 AM, Anonymous amy said...

Mmm, lovely pictures. The Winterlinge are really cool! They look like they belong in a pond. (maybe that's what you've inadvertantly got going? haha?) In our yard I love seeing the first signs that I haven't actually killed something earlier. I have some heather (erica? erica? where are you?) which has the brightest tiny pink new growth all over the very tips. Looks like one of those "cool" fiber optic (?) lamps of the early 80s.

 
At April 04, 2006 6:33 AM, Blogger Kim/Thomas said...

Oh Meredith, I felt like I was walking through my opa's beloved garden, I recognize all these flowers!! I loved his garden, he loved it, he passed on in 95' working in his garden, where he was the happiest:)

Yay spring is here!!!
kim

 
At April 04, 2006 1:23 PM, Blogger Cathy said...

Beautiful spring flowers, Christina. I need t get some different bulbs this year and broaden out from the typical crocuses and daffodils.

We are having the opposite kind of spring this year; hardly a day of rain. Very strange for us. We need to swap a couple of weather days!

On the CBC last night they reported the fear that the Prairies will have a terrible drought this year. Hopefully not.

Have a great week,
Cathy

 
At April 04, 2006 3:41 PM, Blogger cmhl said...

gorgeous flowers!!!

 
At April 04, 2006 5:11 PM, Blogger verniciousknids said...

Your hula dancers are my favourite :)

 
At April 04, 2006 7:40 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

It's been so rewarding to see the flowers posted on blogs everywhere this Spring. It's esp. fun to see what blooms where around the world, especially now in Hannover (where we'll be 2 weeks from now)! On my page-a-day German phrase calendar on April 1 it said: Regenschauer im April zaubern Blumen im Mai. I was so proud of myself because I knew what it was before I saw the translation :)

 
At April 04, 2006 8:00 PM, Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

Your flowers look beautiful! Since I seem to have been born with a BLACK thumb, I will just have to enjoy the pics of yours!
Cyn

 
At April 04, 2006 8:41 PM, Blogger rana said...

April showers? I am reminded of the song April Love by Pat Boone! What lovely flowers! We are having rain in Singapore too. But I don't like being out in the rain, squishing through puddles, carrying an umbrella. My feelings are more like, "Rain, ran, go away, Come again some other day!"

 
At April 05, 2006 3:41 AM, Blogger Tim Rice said...

Neat flowers. Maybe you could give us some of your rain. We haven't had much at all in the past month.

 

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