Today the temperature got over 50 degrees with a beautiful sunny sky and I celebrated in the garden. And a little Adonis amurensis celebrated with me. The Adonis is always one of the earlier plants for us but it’s more than two weeks ahead of last year. Who can fail to be charmed by such a bright yellow bloomer that risks the early winter weather?
I first encountered Adonis at a plant sale conducted at a NARGS meeting. Barry Yinger of the former Asiatica Nursery was selling some of these little gems at $20 a pop. Unfortunately I did not really appreciate what I was looking at and I failed to take advantage. Since then I’ve been to Winterthur in the early spring and seen their ‘March Bank’ covered with the golden Adonis. Subsequently, I did order one from Asiatica and by happenstance got a premium variety, ‘Sandanzaki’, that I have tried to slow down by mulching for this year as it lost parts of the flower to cold weather last year. It is nonetheless sticking it’s head above the ground now too. Fukujukai is apparently a sterile hybrid that developed in the wild and may be the most popular cultivar because of it’s semi-double flowers and vigorous growth habit (I see five buds above ground in it’s second year of flowering).
We will be fully testing the cold resilience of these flowers over the next few days. While they do close their flowers when the sun goes down weather predictions call for a wintry mix tomorrow with temperatures dropping to 10 degrees on Tuesday night. If so, it would be the coldest weather that we’ve had thus far this winter. In the meantime I’m enjoying these little chunks of sunshine and celebrating the steady march toward springtime…
The Adonis are not the only flowers celebrating an early spring. I also saw the little Persian Speedwell (a weed by most standards) out in force today. They seemed to enjoy the warmth reflected by the greenhouse wall.
And there were Dandelions as well. Even the Peonies were starting to get into the act. The buds from Molly the Witch were fully exposed today.
Stay tuned as the cold returns in force this week.