It really amazes me this time of year how fast nature can change. While the other day I saw a carpet of green emerging from the winter ground today I noticed it had exploded into carpets of spring flowers. Believe it! Flowers.
Granted these are all considered weeds in the Philadelphia area, but what does that mean, except that they are really good at growing. I'm lucky enough to live near train tracks so there is a plethora of weeds growing in the right of way.
Conditions have certainly been favorable for this little plant. Look at how it has taken over:
|That's a lot of bittercress|
|can you see the tiny white flowers?|
I have absolutely no idea what crocus this is. But it is pretty!
There is a tree pit along the railroad tracks that seems to be tended by a neighbor. At least, someone has planted in it and I was surprised to see dwarf Irises. These are Iris reticulata. Probably the cultivar Harmony. I've actually never seen them before, so this is very exciting.
The color is pretty amazing.
I spent all of February waiting for those pink buds to open, but they didn't break until this past week. I was surprised because the hellebore is known to be a winter flowering evergreen plant but it seemed to be be late this year. Still, it is so beautiful. And unlike most of the spring flowers it lasts until May.