All it took was a lovely 50 degree day to bring lots of flowers into bloom. Especially lovely is this spectacular Adonis from the Chichibu mountain region of Japan. The entire six year-old plant keeps slowly expanding and it is worth the wait.
And I discovered this year that the seed that I planted from this flower in 2013 has finally yielded a flower as well.
Of course the yellow flowered Adonis cannot be ignored on a sunny day either
These intrepid early flowers had company today. Even the Jeffersonia, which is way out of correct timing, has flowers appearing.
And I discovered as I scraped leaves away that the Helleborus thibetanus was also in flower under the leaves.
It was not surprising to see that more of the Eranthis are also in bloom.
And the alpine bed had the first flowers on the very nice Draba hispanica.
Of course, I shouldn’t ignore two little Moraeas that are blooming in the greenhouse.
Altogether it was really nice to follow up the snowfall of yesterday with work in the yard pulling off the leaves and revealing treasures.
Well, it’s fall here in Maryland and some of the usual suspects are providing our flowers for Bloom Day. Japanese anemone are robust and reliable, as well as incredibly beautiful.
Some of the other regulars are in the following pictures.
In the wildflower patch, the wild asters are currently the star of the show, attracting insects of all sorts.
In the cutting garden the standouts are the Tithonia.
Beth has shown they look really nice next to the Salvia ‘Black and Blue’. They are also quite tall so it’s easy to see them from underneath as well.
A similar color comes with the Atlantic Poppy which took forever to start blooming but now has a new flower every day.
Inside the greenhouse we have blooming for the first time the Scilla maderensis. It seems to open just a few of the flower elements per day so that it’s never completely in flower for us.
It is nevertheless interesting and exotic which goes a long way to getting space in the greenhouse.
The first of the Oxalis are coming into bloom now.
There are three species blooming now, but the rest will extend the blooming season into January at least.
It’s worth noting that one does not live by flowers alone. The garden fruits and vegetables have been abundant this year, pushing us to new recipes and uses for the crops…
Let me lead off with this lovely South African native that I featured in my last post. It is still fully flowering following our recent travels and you can see how lovely it is. Like many of the South African bulbs it is growing in our greenhouse (probably would go to zone 8, but that’s not us). It’s well worth the wait to finally see this in flower.
Outside we have many flowers in bloom right now, as do most gardens I suspect. The staggering fragrance of lilies calls for first attention.
Every year the lilies seem to come back and dominate the summer. Anastastia is a particularly tall and strong Oriental/Trumpet hybrid.
Another reliable Orienpet is ‘Scherezade’.
It makes for a spectacular display in the house.
Other lilies of note follow
And then there are the daylilies, a different genus but similar in many ways.
And let us not forget the iris family. Several types of Crocosmia are in bloom right now too.
And our winter was gentle enough that the gladiolas that I failed to dig last year all came back in abundance. It’s the best crop of glads we have ever had. They’ve been blooming for a month now.
The Echinacea in the front bed are putting on a fine show right now.
And the sunflowers are abundantly flowering in the vegetable garden in many sizes and colors.
In the alpine bed the first flowers are showing on the Gentian paradoxa, and this earlier than I ever remember seeing them in bloom.
Altogether it’s a fine showing for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, as evident by Beth’s flower vase arrangement.
Wow, a very busy day yesterday in gardenland. I discovered the horned poppy shown above had returned after a year’s absence in flowering as I was catching up with the vegetable garden on an absolutely gorgeous spring day here in Maryland. My cup runneth over with chores at this time of year, but the weather has been most cooperative (at last!). I tilled the garden, finished weeding the strawberries, planted out the veggies started in the basement, seeded much of the rest of the garden, put in more glads and dahlias, and meanwhile Beth and Josh were weeding and pruning like mad.
As usual on Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day I will share some of the flowers of interest blooming around the yard. It’s worthwhile to step back from my close-up images to see the wide array of flowering plants right now.
I’ve noticed that some folks tend to think of ‘garden’ as the larger scale perspective, whereas I often get caught up with the specific flowers. This little blossom on the Kalmiopsis leachiana, for example, is almost hidden amidst the surrounding Daphne.
Another small distinctive flower that first bloomed last fall and is repeating already is this little Delphinium.
A constant volunteer for us is this little pink columbine that we inherited from Beth’s mother.
In the garden leading to the greenhouse gateway, there is a floriferous Callirhoe variant.
A quite distinctive plant is this allium which is just finished blooming and looks like it has little onions for seed pods.
The very fragrant Rhododendron ‘Viscosepala’ is also just at the end of its blooming.
By the back porch there is a lovely Bougainvillea that has overwintered in the greenhouse.
Of course, it’s hard not to miss the peonies in May.
We also have yellow flowered peony that has been with us for thirty years.
The name has long since disappeared.
And the old stalwart, Festiva Maxima.
We brought this one with us from Alexandria in 1975 and have planted it in many places around the property. It thrives everywhere, even in the pasture with no real care. The fragrance is wonderful and they make great cut flowers.
Another plant that thrives on neglect is Baptisia.
These grow right by the pasture with no assistance whatsoever.
The various iris species also have a celebration time in May.
At the back of the garage we have very large Black Lace Elderberry that is fully in flower right now.
One of my favorite alpine plants is the Edrianthus pumilo which grows in a nicely formed cushion in the Large Trough by the greenhouse.
Let me leave you with a couple of the birds which have shown up recently in the yard. First a bluebird which is probably nested nearby.
And a Yellow-rumped warbler which is more likely just passing through but is the first instance I’ve seen on our hillside.
We’ve just had messy snowfall that has undone a lot of the progress that we had made toward Springtime. However, I will share a some of the flowers as they were before the snow, including the above lovely Pasque Flower which is about to show its purple flower in the new alpine bed.
Next to the Pulsatilla is this cute little Ornithogalum that flowers completely flat to the surface of the ground.
Also in the alpine bed is a new Corydalis
The hepaticas have continued to appear. Small little jewels.
Meanwhile the Adonis is still providing interest.
And we planted the wonderful Primula vulgaris after visiting England in 2008. They are prospering in various parts of the yard.
Meanwhile the first of the Glory of the Snow is starting to flower.
These are happily growing in the yard and the pasture.
Finally in the yard and the woods the scilla are growing now.
The stamens are a wonderful shade of blue.
It’s hard to ignore some of the lovely things happening in the greenhouse as well. In particular the ferrarias are now starting to flower.
And some of the other south africans
Spring is happening both outside and in the greenhouse. What can you contribute to Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day.
We returned from traveling last week to find that the plants had been growing without us. I need to do just a little catch up on what we found on our return because some of the plants are truly special. The Adonis shown above is one of the best special varieties that you can buy for only a second mortgage on your garage. Some of the others might require selling your garage. This is the first year when it is clear that the clump is establishing itself and flourishing.
It is truly spectacular.
Meanwhile the Adonis fujukaki is easily the most vigorous and visible of the Adonis clan. At least around here.
Meanwhile another that I have been calling garden variety Adonis amurensis has impressed me once again with the brilliant shiny petals.
I’m not sure that it is the standard species at all. Note how it does not possess a normal number of stamens. I’ve got a couple of seedlings coming along and I think they were from this plant. We’ll see what happens.
Of course the one Adonis that originally caught my eye was Adonis amurensis ‘Sandanzaki’ which has this incredible lion’s mane of green feathers around the third series of petals. Totally unique.
Lest I am accused of Adonis mania, I will also note that we have a Jeffersonia that blooms well in advance of its colleagues. And it is a standard Jeffersonia dubia with the violet petals, yellow stamens, and green ovary.
But last year, my son gave me a special new Jeffersonia from Garden Visions that Darryl Probst brought back from Korea. It has dark stamens and a purple ovary.
It’s quite different and seems to be lasting quite well.
Another plant that is early for its kinfolk is the Hepatica nobilis pink. Note the cute little stamens on these guys as well.
A pretty plant that shows up this time of year but never quite fulfills its potential is Helleborus thibetanus
I have yet to get it to fully open to the camera.
Next to the greenhouse in a trough is a pretty little clump of Draba acaulis that seem to have suffered from last summer’s dryness.
And inside the greenhouse is another plant with remarkable colored stamens.
These should be hardy outside and I need to give them a trial.
I had also promised more Moraeas and this is one.
I also have an image to share of the fully open Enkianthus quinqueflorus.
Finally in the Alpine bed there was beautiful Fritillaria that was a distinctive showpiece.
One thing that a rock garden needs is rocks, so I am always in the market for interesting rocks. When the local chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society said it was planning a trip to a local quarry to harvest rocks, I was all for it. Especially on Inauguration Day when I wanted some productive distraction.
It was a rainy overcast day which didn’t help the aspect of driving into the quarry which is almost canyon-like after years of harvesting rock. Despite the mud and wet, cold weather it’s actually a very beautiful place which you would never see unless you were part of a similar expedition.
The slope was steep enough that having my wheelbarrow was less use than I expected, unless you are accustomed to pushing up 30 degree slopes.
The most desirable rock was (of course) at the bottom of the hill.
By the time I got each individual rock up to the truck I was huffing and puffing like a steam engine. Nonetheless they were worth the effort.
I had two concerns that limited my collecting efforts. One, the sheer physical difficulty, and then two, the fact that the truck was parked on a steep muddy hill and whether I would be able to get it out again.
However, I did manage to get out with only a mild amount of wheel spinning.
Some of the rocks had beautiful crystalline structure.
And one very special rock up at the office illustrated what limestone can do.
In the end I only brought home about a dozen rocks but they are beautiful and I’m sure they will find a place in our gardens.
If the club runs a similar field trip in the future I am ready to sign up for a repeat visit.
It seems appropriate for this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day to give due credit to this little dwarf Daphne which has bloomed on and off in the Alpine bed since April. The flowers (like most Daphnes) are very fragrant and the plant has prospered in the Alpine bed despite my placing it in a spot between two rocks where it seemed to me most appropriate to its small size. And it’s much bigger now, though still very pleasing.
Even the Winter Daphne which I moved into the sunshine this year after torturing it in the deep shade for several years seems to be enjoying its exposure to the elements.
It’s out by the front fence in some of the poorest soil on our hillside. We shall see how it survives. The Edgeworthia, its new neighbor, has put out some fat buds so maybe it’s not as bad a location as I imagined.
Our weather has flirted with frost but we haven’t really had a hard, killing frost yet. That has let some of the hardier plants continue to flower. Here are just a few of them.
The Lantana is one of the feature plants that will tell me when it has gotten really cold, and I should take the citrus to the basement.
As we go back to the Alpine bed, another plant that has bloomed for a long time (essentially nine months) is the Erodium chrysanthum.
It’s close relative, the alpine geranium, is also fond of flowering every day.
What has been particularly surprising this fall is the Delphinium cashmerianum.
Retreating finally into the greenhouse (which will be my refuge before long) I want to share the bright red flowers of the a little Aptenia that I grew from a cutting (thank you Marianne!)
And the tiny little flowers of Polyxena ensifolia which looks much bigger on the web.
Perhaps mine will grow up some day…
Besides myriad Oxalis, there is also a pot of Cyclamen worthy of note.
These are pure white with lovely leaves.
Finally I will finish up with the first Camellia of this season. Beth picked it before I could photograph it in place, but it’s another reminder of what an extended Fall season we have had.