Moving along with the Springtime Wonders

Corydalis solida 'George Baker'

Corydalis solida ‘George Baker’ from Odyssey Bulbs

It looks like the weather girl is finally going to cease her romance with old man winter.  Just less than two weeks ago we had snow covering everything and freezing nighttime temperatures.

Helleborus Ivory Prince in the snow

Helleborus Ivory Prince in the snow

But now all the usual suspects and then some are emerging from hibernation.  And with temperatures going to the 80’s this week we are going to zip through some of the spring ephemerals that I would like to see linger.  I can’t complain about zipping through the Adonis though.  The first blooms appeared in January and now the first offset runner from the original Adonis has put forth three buds that are in the various states of bloom that illustrate the richness of Adonis amurensis ‘Sandansaki’.

Adonis from above

Adonis from above

The new offset is in the lower left of the picture above.

New offset of the Adonis

New offset of the Adonis

A. 'Sandansaki' in bud

A. ‘Sandansaki’ in bud

 

Adonis amurensis 'Sandansaki' flowering stage

Adonis amurensis ‘Sandansaki’ flowering stage

 

Adonis 'Sandansaki' flower in advanced stage with full lion's mane

Adonis ‘Sandansaki’ flower in advanced stage with full lion’s mane

Ok, so it will disappear by May but what a nice four months of bloom!

One of the first things I look for in this season is the Hepaticas with their hairy little buds rising above the soil before opening to bloom.

Hepatica acutifolia

Hepatica acutifolia

Hepatica acutiloba

Hepatica acutiloba

There are many variations in Hepaticas, some not so easy to find.  Seneca Hills nursery had some beauties when they were in existence.

Hepatica nobilis large form blue shade

Hepatica nobilis large form blue shade

And I got a nice pink form from Hillside nursery two years ago.

Hepatica japonica pink

Hepatica japonica pink

Just at the same time as the Hepaticas we see the Jeffersonia dubia.  I have two plants one a deeper violet than the other.

Jeffersonia dubia

Jeffersonia dubia

Of course the lighting for the photo also influences how dark the coloring is.

In terms of dark coloring it is hard to beat Scilla siberica ‘Spring Beauty’.  The cobalt blue on the outside is matched by the blue color on the stamens.

Scilla siberica 'Spring Beauty'

Scilla siberica ‘Spring Beauty’

Spring Beauty stamens

Spring Beauty stamens

Almost in the same blue realm is the Scillia bifolia which is a charmer in its own right.

Scilla bifolia stamens

Scilla bifolia stamens

We also saw the first of the Bloodroot this week.  Even encountered one in the woods where I had planted it a few years ago.Sanguinaria canadensis

Every day in the Springtime is worth lingering over…