The Little Things That Start the Spring

Chilean Blue Crocus (Tecophilaea cyanocrocus 'Leichtlinii')

This is the third year we’ve grown the Chilean Blue Crocus and it’s still exciting to see it pop up.  Judging from last year it’s about 10 days earlier this year though each species seems to be reacting differently to the warmer weather.

I’ve been gone to North Carolina and Florida for the past week.  Making my annual trek to Plant Delights and spring training.  I brought back three boxes of garden treasures from the Plant Delights open house including this new Hellebore

Helleborus x hybridus 'Berry Swirl'

When I returned I was pleased to see that the season had advanced but I hadn’t really missed any flowerings.  Especially wonderful at this time of year are the tiny Hepaticas.

Hepatica nobilis 'Deep Red-Pink'

and it’s somewhat larger american relative

Hepatica acutiloba 'Large-form Pale Blue'

Speaking of tiny, this diminutive Alpine Draba came from a seeding that my son planted in Boston last year.  I tried putting two into a tufa stone (unsuccessfully) but the one which grew was planted in the garden on a slightly dry modest slope.  It seems to be very happy next to the Adonis and a dwarf daphne.

Alpine Draba (Draba alzoides)

Another gift from my kids at Christmas last year seems to have successfully returned.  It’s foliage is easily recognized as different than your normal hellebore.

Helleborus Thibetanus

Apparently this takes a few years to reach the flowering stage, but judging from the online pictures it’s worth waiting for.  In the meantime the leaves are quite pretty.

And after waiting a few years, the first buds are visible on one of the Molly the Witch Peonies.

Paeonia mlokosewitschii 'Molly the witch'

There are so many things blooming in the yard right now it’s hard to give them all appropriate appreciation.  Certainly all the crocus in the grass are worthy of more individual attention than they often get.

Crocus versus with almost tulip-like proportions

And the Glory of the Snow (chionodoxa) are popping up everywhere, often far from where they were planted.Glory of the snow (Chionodoxa)

Of course it would not fair imply that the only thing I look at are the little guys.  For instance the big Pink Camellia is covered with blossoms and hard not to notice.  Our camellia plantings are in for an expansion this year now that we have a deer-free zone…:)

Pink Camellia japonica



2 comments on “The Little Things That Start the Spring

  1. Les

    Congratulations on a deer-free zone. Will you be working to establish a weed-free zone next?

  2. Pearl

    LOVE the Berry Swirl Hellebore!