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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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