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What is your favorite early spring flower? Crocus, Daffodil, Hyacinth or does the tulip steal the show? 52 Weeks of bloom and color with integration!


There is an irony in our spring bloom, which seems to have gone unnoticed by many.

Native plantings are once again one of the trends for 2015, though a conundrum is soon at hand.

Crocus seems to be one of the prevalent bloomers at this time as the Daffodil and Hyacinth are in close running, integrated with many others.

The tulip will soon break the soil line as photos and posts will follow with everyone’s joy filled smiles knowing spring is finally true.

The irony in the Native trend?

*Crocuses were brought to England from France by Jean Robin, a Director of Gardens in Paris. Crocuses came to the United States on ships by settlers who planted them around there cabins.

*Daffodils were brought to Britain by the Romans who thought that the sap from Daffodils had healing powers. Actually the sap contains crystals that irritate the skin and bowels making it pretty much critter proof.

*Hyacinths came to Europe from Turkey. A German doctor named Leonhardt Rauwolf, collected samples of hyacinth when he visited Turkey in 1573. By the early 1700s hyacinths were very popular with more than 2,000 cultivars available.

Tulips as I am sure most are aware hail from Holland – Home of whimsical wind mills and grand vistas touting oceans of Tulips in bloom.

Hmm the native plantings seem to take a back seat for a moment in the spring. Maybe we can all learn from the garden.

Not all natives are positive and not all non-natives are negative.

The garden understands integration at its best.

A plant of any origins knows no greater love than to thrive!

*Reference Per the University of Illinois