When Spring Comes to Life - A Gallery

One of my favorites is the grap hyacinth flower.  They are also known as Muscari Armeniacum.  They are just so cute, and such a deep rich blue or purple colored flower.
One of my favorites is the grap hyacinth flower. They are also known as Muscari Armeniacum. They are just so cute, and such a deep rich blue or purple colored flower. | Source
The lovely daffodils that always bring so much cheer!
The lovely daffodils that always bring so much cheer! | Source
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The pretty and bright pink hyacinth, that come back year after year without fail. These purple hyacinths were the last of my hyacinths to bloom.  They are almost blue!
The pretty and bright pink hyacinth, that come back year after year without fail.
The pretty and bright pink hyacinth, that come back year after year without fail. | Source
These purple hyacinths were the last of my hyacinths to bloom.  They are almost blue!
These purple hyacinths were the last of my hyacinths to bloom. They are almost blue! | Source
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I love to see the forsythia bloom.One of my very favorite and brightest early in spring is the lovely forsythia shrub.  They come back year after year.
I love to see the forsythia bloom.
I love to see the forsythia bloom. | Source
One of my very favorite and brightest early in spring is the lovely forsythia shrub.  They come back year after year.
One of my very favorite and brightest early in spring is the lovely forsythia shrub. They come back year after year. | Source
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One of the "weeds" that seem to come back easily every year.  Their little purple flowers are pretty though.Another "weed" that the critters love, and some humans too!  People love to make salads and more out of these dandelion flowers!Everyone is welcome!
One of the "weeds" that seem to come back easily every year.  Their little purple flowers are pretty though.
One of the "weeds" that seem to come back easily every year. Their little purple flowers are pretty though. | Source
Another "weed" that the critters love, and some humans too!  People love to make salads and more out of these dandelion flowers!
Another "weed" that the critters love, and some humans too! People love to make salads and more out of these dandelion flowers! | Source
Everyone is welcome!
Everyone is welcome! | Source

Witch Hazel Flowers

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The witch hazel comes very early.I love witch hazel.
The witch hazel comes very early.
The witch hazel comes very early. | Source
I love witch hazel.
I love witch hazel. | Source

First Flowers of Spring in Midwest USA

After winter every year, come the first flowers of spring all over the world. In this little corner of the world, in Missouri, we welcome the first flowers every spring. They are like a gift year after year that I look so forward to.

Having grown up in Southern California, I never saw it like I do here in the Midwest. California is wonderful in all its own ways, but Missouri and surrounding states has its own beauty which I love as well.

Before the trees and many of the favorite flowers of spring bloom, we have some real early bloomers. That is what I am sharing here in picture form. I love to really notice these ones for a couple of reasons. First of all, these bring early nectar for the critters of the world that need nectar for part of their survival. Think of this. Without these early nectar giving flowers, what would be the substitute? Also, they are not super long lived. We enjoy them for a time. It seems that as if we were to just blink, these are gone before you know it!

So, just to celebrate the bright colors and beauty, I had to take some photos. Before the beloved tulips, lilies, flowering trees and everything else, comes the lovely first bloomers.

Something that might be of interest to a gardener that is new or moving into the area, is that all of these bloomed as if on their own. I mean, they are all perennials, and or what some might call "weeds." Often, I plant added annuals throughout the seasons which add so much to any garden or outdoor space. These here, come on their own year after year, with no work required. As for the nectar lovers that need and enjoy them, they don't seem to care where they get their sustenance. Personally, I am not so picky about weeds as I once was. That is partly true since I became a butterfly gardener as well, so I take it easy on the pesticides and herbicides for obvious reasons.

Soon enough, the lawn maintenance kicks into gear and the weed will be dealt with in the grass at least. In the meantime, this is part of spring! Welcome Spring we have been eagerly awaiting you!

Some of the Flowers Shown Here

You will see forsythia shrubs in bloom, three different colored hyacinth, yellow daffodils, grape hyacinth, clover, and the often dreaded dandelion. I also share a couple that are mostly white and purple in color. I have to be reminded of their names, as I am not recalling them at the moment! Any help with this would be appreciated. One of the neatest shrubs I also saw in bloom even earlier than all these others mentioned, was witch hazel. I would love to grow one of these in the future.

If you happen to live in the Midwest especially, or no matter where you live, I would love to hear what some of your own favorite flowers are that seem to come year after year without much effort.

There are more flowers on their way soon, not pictured here. They include bearded iris, Asiatic lilies, day lilies, tulips and rose and butterfly bushes, among many more. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and view my flower photos. Many of us this year wondered how they were going to do because the seasons have been so strange. The poor daffodil stems didn't know if it was spring or not, way back in the middle of winter. Once spring officially came, we got our biggest snow Missouri has seen in years! The flowers survived it all, and are beautiful as ever.

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Spring Beauty

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These are the pretty little flowers that I need help identifying, though I think they might be Siberian Squill flowers.  If so, they are also known as Spring Beauty flowers.Siberian Squill, perhaps?  Spring Beauty, also bulbs and from the hyacinth family I believe.
These are the pretty little flowers that I need help identifying, though I think they might be Siberian Squill flowers.  If so, they are also known as Spring Beauty flowers.
These are the pretty little flowers that I need help identifying, though I think they might be Siberian Squill flowers. If so, they are also known as Spring Beauty flowers. | Source
Siberian Squill, perhaps?  Spring Beauty, also bulbs and from the hyacinth family I believe.
Siberian Squill, perhaps? Spring Beauty, also bulbs and from the hyacinth family I believe. | Source

Early Spring Flowers Poll

Which are you favorite early spring flowers, from the following list?

  • Daffodils
  • Hyacinth
  • Muscari, Grape Hyacinth
  • Crocus
  • Witch hazel flowers
  • Forsythia
  • Dandelion flowers and other self seeding types.
  • Too difficult a question, I like multiples of these equally well.
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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Lovely! Our forsythia is about gone, but I just a few minutes ago noticed that my white wisteria is blooming after I was afraid the buds had been zapped by our last cold snap! It's amazing to see how they were designed to survive, isn't it? Thanks for sharing your photos!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

It looks much the same as here in Washington. The daffodils and tulips are in full bloom and it is quite lovely here. Loved the pictures!


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oceansnsunsets 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Rtalloni, thanks! As for forsythias, it does seem that once they are in their full bloom phase, it goes so quickly. Ours has a few green leaves showing, so it won't be long now before those pretty yellow flowers are gone. I would love to get a wisteria one day, how lovely! We had some interesting warm times then cold snaps after spring was starting to "do its thing." So we worried the same way, and yes it is interesting how nature is designed to survive things like that. Thanks for your comment.


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oceansnsunsets 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Billybuc, I just started to see tulips around here a little bit yesterday. Ours are not in bloom quite yet. So glad you liked the pictures! Spring has to be one of my favorite times, and I am not surprised others feel that same way. Have a great rest of your spring!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina

Loved your stunning photos of these spring flowers.

Many are in bloom here in Delaware or are almost ready to pop.

My favorite blooms, however, are the flowering trees.

Thanks for sharing these lovely images.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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oceansnsunsets 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thank you Gail, and I am so happy you liked the spring flower photos. The trees are really just now taking off here, and I love those also. Knowing how quickly the time goes by, makes me want to enjoy them when I can, because soon it will be just the pretty leaves, and no flowers till next spring. Thanks for your comment!

Hub Hugs back to you! Paula

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