Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring flowers! ... in Chlum u Trebone, Czech Republic

Remember a couple of weeks ago we posted the first signs of spring in Plastovice, South Bohemia: Eranthis hyemalis L. (=Eranthis hiemalis) or Winter Aconite?  Well, its early flowering there has now spread. Here we are in Chlum u Trebone on a Glassworks expedition when we ran across several yards filled with them all bursting forth in grand gold! 
Well, no to be outdone...the tulips are poking through now while the early crocus, Crocus vernus, are now in full flower as well. The bees are already out and pollinating!
And, of course, the snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis--which is native here in Europe) are in full swing as well. Here, surrounded by tulips (Tulipa gesneriana) poking through the soil and more Eranthis hyemalis, a clump of snowdrops nod the last vestiges of snow as is melts in the warm March sun! They're always supposed to be in flower before the Vernal Equinox and these made it.
Hurrah for Spring! Isn't life wonderful?

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  1. I'll be visiting the Chlum u Trebone area of Czech Republic in June, and I was pleasantly surprised to see your photos of Winter Aconite because I also have them blooming in my garden here in Illinois, in the US

  2. Judi,
    Oh, how fun for you! It is a idyllic, small village. You'll have a fun time!

  3. The winter aconite are an interesting thread you have at home in the States! Amazing.