Wild Foragers, Violets, Spring Enchantments

Violet has been on our minds this spring as we see her pretty little flowers blooming here in southeastern Utah. Violets are one of the earliest wild plants to appear in the season, and we are reminded of her beauty as well as her long history of culinary and herbal use that may have us deciding … Continue reading Wild Foragers, Violets, Spring Enchantments

Early Spring Flowers

BASKET OF GOLD COMMON NAME:  basket of gold GENUS:  Alyssum  {although this plant is generally listed in catalogs as Alyssum saxatile, it can also be listed in the genus Aurinia} SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS, A. saxatile  'Citrinum'-pale yellow flowers. A.s. 'Compactum'-bright yellow flowers; shorter plants. A.s. 'Flora Plenum'-double form; bright yellow; each flower is like a miniature … Continue reading Early Spring Flowers

HYACINTH

COMMON NAME:  hyacinth GENUS:  Hyacinthus SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS, H. Orientalis 'Amsterdam'-bright red to pink. H. o. 'Anne Marie'-light pink. H. o. 'Carnegie'-creamy white. H. o. 'Delft Blue'-blue FAMILY:  Liliaceae BLOOMS:  early spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Hyacinths are widely used as a spring bulb. The top flower size is 7 to 7 1/2 inches in circumference. … Continue reading HYACINTH

Pansy

COMMON NAME:  pansy GENUS:  Viola SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS, V. wittrockiana 'Universal' hybrids-heavy blooms; heat and cold tolerant. V. w. 'Crystal Bowl'-clear colors without markings; small 2 1/2-inch blooms V. w. 'Majestic Giants'-large plants with 4-inch blooms. FAMILY:  Violaceae BLOOMS:  early spring TYPE:  annual DESCRIPTION:  Unusual markings on the petals of pansy blossoms have earned the flowers … Continue reading Pansy

Spring Brings the Fastest of Flappers.

The world's smallest bird can take up a big chunk of a person's spring to-do list: Trim the trees, weed the garden, make nectar and hang the feeders. With the beginning of spring, hummingbirds are making their way north after migrations that took many of them more than 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico. … Continue reading Spring Brings the Fastest of Flappers.