Saturday, March 14, 2009

Out The Other End

After a long, dreary, cold winter, I think today we've come out the other end, into spring. Shibateranthis pinnatifida, a tiny Japanese alpine seems improbably frail to be blooming when the ground is still largely frozen. Its flowers appear just a little shabby if you look too close; kind of an off-white and wrinkled. I've always figured that's just what you'd expect in such a fragile flower which starts to bloom while still under the receding snow; then I saw some pictures of this plant flowering in an alpine house in great Britain, and the flowers looked just the same as mine. It kind of looks like it shops for clothes at a thrift shop.
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It does look like a pretty wimpy specimen to be coming up in this weather. But pretty, nonetheless.
Inspired by your last year's post about this eary sign of spring I got one plant last fall and am now waiting. I expect with this coming week's weather it should emerge along with lots of other things.
Blue pollen! I LOVE the plants with blue pollen, it's so unexpected. How COOL is BLUE?
I've never seen it in real life, but I love it. I'm not sure if it is, but it appears to be black and white.

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Moe.... it's actually wimpier looking than I could show in the picture, but it still comes up every year.
Jenn & Megan... it's kind of a shiny, metallic blue covering the pollen and the pollen grains are white.
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