Spring is in the Details

Jeffersonia dubia (twinleaf)

One of the fascinating things about this time of year is watching the progression of little plants and bulbs as they emerge.  Many times as a reminder that ‘oh yes, I did plant that last year after all…’.  The Jeffersonia above was a gift from the kids last year and I’ve added others since it’s definitely a winner for the woodland garden.  I was surprised to discover that I had put another little treasure in the midst of the snowdrops.

Anemonella thalictroides ‘Shoaf’s Double’

I guess my thinking was that they wouldn’t compete but after seeing the number of snowdrop seedlings I’m not so sure.

It is truly an Hepatica time of year.  Each one of them is a study in elegance and I can see why they have developed a devoted following.  The little one that I have in the woods is worth watching each day as it emerges.

Hepatica acutiloba in bud

And the ones in the Camellia garden get a regular inspection.

Hepatica acutiloba light purple

Hepatica acutiloba light purple

One of the plants that I picked up at Plant Delights this spring is a ground covering Iris that has very distinctive flowers.

Iris japonica 'Eco Easter'

I’ve always liked the foliage on the species Peonies, in particular the Molly the Witch,

Paeonia mlokosewitschii (Molly the Witch)

but I’m beginning to realize that with the deer resistance and general hardiness I should be planting more and more Peonies.  I added some from Edelweiss Perennials this spring.  One in particular has striking red undersides to the foliage.  Really pretty.

Paeonia cambessedesii (Balearic Peony)

Since this is a native of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean I’m not certain it will survive here, but It’s more than worth giving a try.

One particularly pretty little Tulip is Persian Pearl.  It’s small enough to fit right to the front of the perennial garden.

Tulipa humilis 'Persian Pearl'

There is so much happening around the yard right now that it would difficult to capture it all, but I would be remiss in not mentioning the Trout Lilies that are now flowering in various forms.  We’ve got several species coming up but the old stand of Erythronium americanum are still the most striking.

Erythronium americanum 'Trout lilies'

They freely naturalize in woodsy soil and we have about 5 different colonies now in the woods, not flowering yet but I’m confident they will.  We’ve also added a couple of Yellow Trillums in the side yard which will mix nicely with the Pagoda hybrid of the Erythroniums.

Trillium luteum

And while I’m discussing yellow I should flash a picture of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that came to visit yesterday.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Note the large circular holes that he drills around the trunk of the Pecan tree.  This happens every year at various levels on the tree (other trees too but especially the Pecans) and the tree seems to survive it.  My son sent me this reference on the Sapsuckers?  I guess I’m not alone in seeing Sapsuckers at work…

2 comments on “Spring is in the Details

  1. Randy

    John,
    Lovely spring time flowers you have a lot of stuff i have never seen before. Enjoyed the sapsucker. Guess what I went to Pine Knot today, got 10 new hellebores.

  2. Jan @ Thanks for today.

    I love your plants, John;-)My hepatica is blooming and my trillium is getting ready…