The Earth Spins & the Flowers Burst Forth

Dutchman's Breeches2And that all the things of the universe are perfect miracles, each as profound as any.” ~Walt Whitman

If there was ever a season for miracles, it’s spring. Buds bursting forth into beautiful blossoms, bulbs revealing the fireworks they’ve been hiding away underground all winter. Shoots and buds and blooms, oh my!

Time to salute the vanguards of spring like trillium and crocus and bleeding heart. Dutchman’s Breeches (or britches, as we say in our neck of the woods) are a particular favorite, their beauty  hiding their tough and sturdy nature.

These brave plants shoulder the burden of cold and frosty nights to be rewarded by the gentle spring sun and the promise of summer.

Are you spotting the miracles of spring in your neighborhood? What are your favorites?

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35 Responses to The Earth Spins & the Flowers Burst Forth

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Great photo of the Dutchman’s Breeches. The spring ephemerals are finished blooming now. Just today tried to visit a garden to see trillium but we were weeks too late.

  2. Couldn’t agree more!

  3. Another plant I miss having moved to the tropics, thanks for the picture.

  4. I am enjoying your spring blooms as they are entirely different from mine.

  5. Grower says:

    My Trilliums are like they’re on steroids this year. Time to try dividing them.

  6. Spring is: counting down the days until the blossom of the fruit trees dare to unroll and face the elements.

  7. Cathy says:

    Love the photo of the Dutchman’s Breeches. When you say ‘miracles of spring’ then I think of the apple blossom, or the intricate flowers of Corydalis (already over here now) and the Bleeding Heart, which is what I am enjoying right now!

  8. Your photo of Dutchman’s britches made me shout out with joy (and wanting to know if you knew the name–of course you did!). I’ve got some Jacob’s ladder just coming out in a shady corner on the north side of my house right now. Always makes me think of my childhood home in Michigan. 🙂

  9. KerryCan says:

    That’s a great photo!. I love the trillium and we’re just getting lilies of the valley–it’s about time!

  10. It is all magic here too…on the other side of the valley;0) The bare trees are gone and a ‘wall of green’ rose from the wilderness in the back of the garden, it happened overnight or so it seems. each days new plants burst into flower, I see wild and birdlife running around building nests, feeding young. I feel alomst lazy, watching it all from the deckchair with a cuppa tea. And beeing Ducth..I totally understand the name of that plant ;0) Great photo! Johanna

    • Benjamin says:

      Thanks, Johanna! Watching the wildlife with a cuppa sounds perfect! Our backyard is currently a-flutter with several goldfinch families. Love seeing those flashes of yellow blaze by! 🙂

  11. Spring is such a glorious time of year .. we will be soon leaving autumn behind and heading into winter. 🙂

  12. Christina says:

    I am beginning to realise that spring is very different in different parts of the world – not just when it happens but what actually flowers. Some plants are triggered by light, others heat and others more subtle triggers that we little understand. But spring is always SPECIAL!

  13. It’s not just spring here all of a sudden–it’s summer!!! Better get my sunflowers and potatoes going! 🙂

  14. Those Dutchman’s Breeches are interesting flowers. I didn’t realize how hardy they are, Benjamin.
    For cheeriness, our luminous pink tulips and the yellow daffodils. both in bloom now.
    For interest, the Jack-in-the-pulpit and the May apple. The May apple looks like a tiny green umbrella wide open above the ground and the Jacks are unique. A delightful surprise every spring. Did you know that they can also decide to store their energy for the subsequent year by staying underground for a year? I just learned that from a wildflower specialist a few years ago.

  15. Ellen Hawley says:

    Our daffodils are gone, but fair enough since they started in February. We’re on what I think of as the third wave of wildflowers. The first ones seem to be mostly yellow, then white and now we have more a bit of pink and some blues. I won’t try to list them–there are too many–but they’re wonderful.

  16. The ferns are unfurling and the Bleeding Hearts are blooming – life is good. 🙂

  17. Ben Naga says:

    Croci and snowdrops – perhaps because they are the first. 🙂

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