Neighborhood Nature

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Flower Buds: What’s Blooming Next? April 15, 2009

Some neighborhood plants have produced new flower buds among leaves that appeared a few days earlier. On Tuesday we found flower buds in a patch of Trout Lily leaves at Columbus Park:

The Trout Lily flower bud seems nestled in a folded leaf.

The Trout Lily flower bud seems nestled in a folded leaf.

Today we found flower buds on our neighbor’s Dwarf Iris plants:

We found a flower buds among these Dwarf Iris leaves.

We found a flower buds among these Dwarf Iris leaves.

Iris plants grow either from underground stems, called “rhizomes,” or from bulbs. Erosion has exposed the rhizomes from which these Dwarf Iris grew:

These Drawf Iris plants grew from underground stems, called rhizomes.

These Drawf Iris plants grew from underground stems, called rhizomes.

As we’ve found many times this spring, these first buds and flowers were on plants with southern exposure. The first Trout Lily buds appeared on a south-facing slope near Columbus Park lagoon, and the first Iris buds were on the south side of a parkway tree.

We should have photos of the flowers soon, since temperatures may reach seventy later this week.

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Note added the next day: At least one Dwarf Iris had bloomed by the next morning. Go here to see photos of the flower.