Welcome Adonis

Adonis amurensis

The first Adonis showed up well ahead of time.  In fact, this picture is from a week ago.  I’ve been on vacation in Florida for the past week and I had been intending to post these images that were taken before I left.  We’re on the plane for home tonight and a thoroughly wintry forecast implies that all the flowers that were showing before we left are going to have to withstand a very cold night.  But getting back to last week, the Adonis is one of our chief harbingers of spring.  Think giant buttercup that is very well behaved.  I don’t know why these are so hard to find but they are.  This particular plant came from Blanchette Gardens near Boston.  And I’ve order two more for this spring from British Columbia (Fraser’s Thimble Farms).  We have two other Adonis in slightly different locations.  One is barely showing (I think it got nipped by cold weather) and the other shows some damage, again probably cold weather because Adonis are not really animal targets.

Adonis fukujukai with bud coming

Even though I see some damage to the tips of the blossoms and stamens I’m very pleased to see that there is another bud coming up beside the first so THEY ARE SPREADING.  This is very good indeed.  Of course we’re a long way from the huge bank of Adonis that they have at Winterthur.

I’m running out of time before the plane comes but here are a few other plants that were blooming nicely before we left last week.

Lungwort (Pulmonaria)

Algerian Iris (Iris unguicularis)

This is a repeat for this very early iris thus confirming what others have said about this being a repeat bloomer.

Helleborus MG Apricot in bud

I’ve also noticed a lot of hellebore seedlings.  There is apparently no problem with propagation in the hellebore camp.

Helleborus seedlings

Witch hazel (Hamamelis mollis)

Standard Pink Camellia

yellow species crocus

And then finally here’s how the deer fence looked as we finished the garden side.

Deer fence complete next to garden

Next week I hope that the guys are able to enclose the rest… 🙂

3 comments on “Welcome Adonis

  1. Les

    Thanks for introducing Adonis to me, I have not heard of it. It looks so much like the flowers on Opuntia cactus.

  2. Randy

    John,
    Things are pickinh up there! Really liked the Witch hazel (Hamamelis mollis) photo, a real eye catcher!

  3. James

    Hi, I have found your blog few weaks ago when I was trying to find information about the Algerian Iris, and now I can´t stop to read it! 🙂 I also love your photos, I think I´ve already seen every post since 2009! I live in Lisbon, Portugal and Also have a blog about gardens, but mostly about citty gardens since I still don´t dont have my own garden (I use my mother´s some times:). Any way, great work with your blog, and keep going..I love your plants!

    My blog: http://jamesjardimsuspenso.blogspot.com/