Sometimes it’s the Little Things

Narcissus 'Little Gem'

Paeonia mlokosewitschii at Sissinghurst

The daffodils are coming and lighting up the woods and hillside.  For us the first real display begins with the clusters of ‘Little Gem’ along the woodland path.  But along with these striking harbingers of the colorful flower displays yet to come are numerous tiny gems that are the delight of going outside in the spring.  Some are the flowers themselves and some are just the emergence of plants that you weren’t sure were still alive or had forgotten about.  Two years ago we saw some lovely Paeonia mlokosewitschii (often referred to as Molly the Witch) plants at Sissinghurst in England.

Last year I put in three very tiny Molly the Witch Peony seedlings from Seneca Hill Perennials (I notice they are sold out already for this year).  And two have come up very nicely this past week.

Molly the Witch emerging (Paeonia mlokosewitschii)

Nearby was the first flowering of the Jeffersonia that was a Christmas/birthday gift from the kids last year.

Asian Twinleaf (Jeffersonia dubia)

This is the Korean relative of the native twinleaf.  Both are to be treasured.

And literally right beside the Twinleaf is a little Hepatica seedling with intense purple color.  Both are tiny and flower almost as they come out of the ground.

Hepatica nobilis 'Lithuanian blue'

You have to go down to the ground to really appreciate the Hepaticas.  Sort of like Epimediums in that respect.  But they are flowers worthy of closer examination.

Hepatica asiatica var. japonica (single purple)

And out in the woods again is a little cluster of the Scilla bifolia that seem be thriving in the woodland environment.

Scilla bifolia 'Rosea' in the woods

Absolutely everywhere, in the yard and in the pasture, are Glory of the Snow.

Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa forbesii)

They are also worthy of closer examination.

Chionodoxa detail

Less common is the pink variety, but I’ve put a few clusters of those in as well.

Chionodoxa forbesii 'Pink Giant'

The first of many bloodroot are emerging from the raised bed at the back deck.  This colony prospers underneath the giant pin oak.

First Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Another new little flower for us is a western version of the trout lilies that abound at our back deck.

Trout lily (Erythronium tuolumnese)

This one has clear green foliage and fully open and standup yellow flowers.  I had put some in the woods last year, but I think the deer ate them all.  It’s about two weeks earlier than the standard Erythronium americanum.  I’ve them put in next to the American Holly in the yard and we shall see if they chooses to colonize there.

I’ve focussed on the little plants above. But there is a slightly larger but charming new plant for us blooming at the back fence. It is a pretty white Iris Japonica that is probably blooming prematurely because I brought it back from Plant Delights in North Carolina.

Iris japonica 'Wuhan Angel'

2 comments on “Sometimes it’s the Little Things

  1. Les

    I love these little spring bulbs and ephemerals, lots of spring show, they then disappear without having to commit the garden all year.

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