To me,there is nothing more exciting than when the Illinois spring flowers start popping their heads out of the ground. There is something so exciting about the anticipation of seeing tiny buds waiting to explode into color. I know, I am a total nature dork. My dream is to live in a wooded area surrounded by trees.
It was fun to take walk around my yard and snap detail pictures of some of the first things appearing. I did what my mom and I call the “yard tour”. It’s kind of a tradition that started with my grandma. No visit is complete to any ones house with out looping through the yard and garden to see whats blooming or growing no matter what the season.
The first thing I check is my red flowering crab apple. The stupid thing has been in almost 5 years and I have yet to get a bloom or any apples. I know it takes a few years to mature, but as you know I am not super patient.Every year, I get just a little excited that it might show me some flowers this year and so far,every year, it kind of gives me a finger and it’s not a thumbs up.
These little flowering bulbs are all through my planting beds and I’ve never planted a single one.One thing about being close to an arboretum is the squirrels,birds and chipmunks do a lot of planting for you.
The same goes for this one. It’s called a Siberian Squill and they run through much of Illinois, Cook and DuPage county. They self-sew pretty well and some peoples lawns have them naturalized. It’s so pretty to see some yards just covered in lovely, bright blooms.
I always like to see the catkins on my Harry Lauder’s walking stick (Contorted Filbert). even when everything else is bare in the spring, they add a nice pop of yellow.
This are the most exciting buds of all for me. Lilac buds. They are one of my mostest favorestest flower. I know, that’s how excited they make me, I can’t even type proper English. They are just so pretty, and fragrant. I love clipping large, lovely , luscious, scented bouquets of blooms and filling every room of my house with them. As of last year I’ve planted 8 including white ones. I have an entire fence-line I am hoping to fill. How pretty will that be one day.
And my favorite Maple tree is just starting to drop it’s tiny buds, so I know spring is really here. In a few weeks, bright, green leaves will cluster and fill in all of the brown branches. It’s so pretty to look at from my bedroom window.
Do you have some favorite spring flowers you look forward to in your area like the Illinois spring flowers we have here?