Friday, March 18, 2011

SPRING WHITES

With a little help from IPhoto this false garlic, Nothoscordum bivalve, looks as though it is growing in a bowl. It is actually growing against the rocks in the lower level of the sunken garden.

Most people wouldn't even give the time of day to this plant, but I rather like it. The flowers are as pretty as any of the spring flowering bulbs. It is in fact a member of the lily family. Outside the walls it mingles with wild onion to form a mass planting later in the spring. One of the other names for the plant is crow poison, presumably derived from the fact that the plant is poisonous.

Of a similar color, a California poppy, Eschscholzia californica 'white linen', opened today. I am always very happy to see the reappearance of this poppy, preferring it to the orange one.

4 comments:

  1. That first photo is beautiful. It *does* look like it's growing in a bowl. The plant is rather pretty and delicate. I haven't seen it before. The California poppy is sweet too - I love that color.

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  2. Jenny, I'm so glad you posted the false garlic. I have this in my garden but didn't know what it was. I'm not sure where it came from either but I really like its delicate blooms. Thanks for the id! Your photos are lovely!

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  3. They are all very sweet...I love the California Poppy color!!!

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  4. Like Cat mentioned, thank you for pointing out what this flower is (false garlic). I have it all over my yard and remember finding bulbs in the ground when I was preparing the bed last summer. Unfortunately, I didn't get them all. They are pretty little flowers, but unwanted where they are!

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