I had walked by there at least - at least! - three times. And I never saw it. It had completely escaped my eyes, and it is a wonder that I ever saw it.
I had been weeding for several hours. I was ready to come inside. But, one last walk around convinced me that I needed to bend down and weed where some spring bulbs were beginning to emerge. It was a good thing that I was so close to the ground, or I would never have seen this wonder.
This particular area is shaping up to be my spring garden. I'm planning on planting spring blooming forsythia and carolina jessamine here. Last autumn, I planted a lot of spring blooming bulbs. Daffodils are planted here. Tulips, too, even though they may never return. A lot of irises, of all different types. A few crocus. Muscari. Paperwhites. And a few of those free gifts you get when you purchase a set amount.
Bent down, giving a half-hearted attempt to scrape away the weeds that had sprung up in the moist soil, my eyes looked away from my task for a moment. And that's when I saw it.
I let out a little squeal.
A squill was blooming!
What an adorable, tiny bloom! Such a gorgeous shade of blue. Such sweet little leaves. Just sitting there, basking in the sun, blooming as if it were already spring. I didn't know exactly what it was, only that it was tiny, a beautiful shade of blue, and some sort of squill.
I googled 'blue squill' and I got a lot of links for Siberian squill, scilla siberica. Oh, yes, now I remember planting them! (I went a little crazy planting last autumn!) According to Dave's Garden, Siberian squill is a bulb with a medium blue, late winter/early spring bloom under 6 inches tall. To date, there are no reports of it growing in Texas, so I wonder how well it will grow here. There are some reports of invasiveness, but I doubt it could ever become invasive here, as it "requires consistently moist soil". Not something easily found in Texas, at least not in July or August!
If it returns again next year, I'll buy more. But for now, I'll just enjoy this fun find. And wonder what will bloom next in my spring garden.