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The First Spring Flowers

Updated on March 15, 2012

White Daffodil

Such a happy flower!
Such a happy flower! | Source

Bright Yellow Daffodils

Notice the little bug also enjoying the first spring flowers?
Notice the little bug also enjoying the first spring flowers? | Source
Some kind of purple little weed flower.
Some kind of purple little weed flower. | Source

Pink Hyacinth Flowers

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It wouldn't be spring without the daffodils

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Pink Hyacinth Flowers

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The bright and cheerful forsythia

A large shrub, I love the bright flowers that appear as if out of nowhere.
A large shrub, I love the bright flowers that appear as if out of nowhere. | Source

My Very Favorite thing about Spring is the first flowers.

The first flowers of spring have to be my favorite thing about springtime. From almost a black, white and gray palette come the hues of the rainbow, or just about!

Here, I share some photos from both my own garden and a local botanical garden. They aren't just any flowers, but the very first flowers of spring that bloom in my little corner of the world. I live in the Midwest, and absolutely am enjoying my time here and all that comes with it.

I grew up in Southern California, and while I miss that very much at times, the bursting of life in the spring time in a different climate is one of my most favorite things. You get that distinct seasonal change. Won't you join me on a little tour of the first spring flowers in the Midwest?

Daffodils

The white and yellow daffodils you see in the photos here always bring me so much joy each spring. They are one of the first flowers to make an appearance, and even the white ones add such a joy to the drab, winter palette that has been hanging around. They are always welcome, and always leave way too soon!

Little Random Weed Flowers

Yes, even the little random weed flowers make me smile in the spring. When you get up real close, they have some real character for sure, and of course the wildlife are happy they have arrived. These little purple ones I show here are common, though not quite as common as dandelions.

Hyacinth

We grow white and pink hyacinth flowers in our garden. When I first saw these coming up so early this year, I have to admit that I was worried! Winter this year (2012) was very strange, to say the least. I was concerned a cold streak would come, and it still might, and kill off flowers and their buds as well as tree buds. So far so good.

Forsythia

I hadn't known much about the forsythia shrub before I moved to the Midwest. I am a true fan now. I hear people talking about what a short bloom period they have, but I don't care. They are one of the first to arrive on the scene at spring, if not the first. Even just today, I looked out and it looked like sunshine emmanating out from the flowers. They bring so much joy.

Hellebore

Hellebore have to be one of the most unique flowers! They tend to bloom facing down, but I did notice a lot of honey bee activity among them. So the bees are happy they are blooming. They come in a pretty subdued purple color and others, that are just so pretty. I have not grown these myself but would enjoy doing so in the future.

Crocus

These little bright flowers are so much fun when I see them growing in clumps in the grass. I absolutely love them, though they are not too big. The crocus I have seen are white, purple and bright yellow or with white streaks in them. They are beautiful.

I hope you have enjoyed this little early spring garden tour with me! The photos I shared here, are what make spring so enjoyable to me. The rest is on its way! Even though some are short lived, the fact that they come first and add so much color make them winners to me. When I got up close to these flowers, I noticed that the little flying bugs and bees were enjoying them also. Spring is here!


Hellebore Flowers

I love these flowers, and how they kind of face down.  They have a personality all their own.
I love these flowers, and how they kind of face down. They have a personality all their own. | Source

Purple Hyacinth and bee

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Bright Crocus Flowers

I love these little flowers, so much joy!
I love these little flowers, so much joy! | Source

White Crocus

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Samsons, thank you so much. I will look forward to seeing your Spring hub, as I just love spring so much.

      It makes me so happy that you enjoyed the photos! I love how the sun shines through a flower like that daffodil, and it makes me happy you noticed that. That is a more subdued flower in terms of colors, but the beauty and light is there all the same. Thanks for your votes and visit and comment. :) Have a great Spring!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Fennelseed, Thank you so very much for stopping by and commenting. I am glad you liked the photos, and noticed all the little details. The details are part of what make nature go from great to amazing, in my opinion.

      I love Autumn so much, and I hope yours is a wonderful one. That time of year makes me feel happy in a whole different way. Thanks again, I really appreciate your comment. :)

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      Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Very nice article. I'm still gathering material for my spring hub. Your photography is outstanding; love the back-lit daffodil. The colors are stunning. Voted up and beautiful...

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      Annie Fenn 6 years ago from Australia

      Hi On'Sts, what an awesome time of year is spring. We are entering Autumn here down under and I am very envious.

      The contrast between the yellow and blue Crocus is just stunning and the Hyacinth are so delicate and perfect. I love the subdued Hellebores and the sparkles of light in the background picks up the light on the flower and the leaves. Beautiful photography and interesting content. Just lovely, voting up and SHARING.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello DIY, thank you so much! I am very appreciative of your naming my "little purple weed flower." Rather than leave it out, I wanted to include it because it was truly one of the first of the season, after winter. So its very special like the others.

      I agree, it's a nice little plant with attractive little flowers that seem to peek out of it. I am familiar with Lamiums also, and didn't realize they were cousins with henbit or Dead Nettle. You have been very helpful, thank you!

      Have a great evening, and I am so glad you stopped by. :)

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      DIYmyOmy 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Great topic, and a very nice article! The photo you have of the "little purple weed flower" is a Dead Nettle (aka 'henbit'), a wild lamium and very common and inoffensive weed--although it can take over a pretty large area if allowed to do so. I rather like the plant and the flowers are quite attractive.

      It's cultivated cousins, the lamiums, are sold as groundcovers and have silver leaves--otherwise not much different that the wild form.

      More on the dead nettle family here: http://www.weedalert.com/weed_pages/wa_purple_dead...

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello CreateHubpages, I do as well. Thanks for your comment on Spring Flowers.

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      CreateHubpages 6 years ago

      I like to see flowers during spring.

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