After the Thaw

Adonis amurensis 'Beni Nadeshiko'

Adonis amurensis ‘Beni Nadeshiko’

After the snow had mostly melted away (it keeps coming back every few days), there was this nice little surprise waiting in the garden.  It’s a very special Adonis that I got last year from Thimble Farms in far away British Columbia.  There were actually two buds showing which is a good sign for the future and payback for me missing the flowering last year (by the time we can plant here the season has already progressed past flowering on the coast of BC).

Adonis amurensis 'Beni Nadeshiko'

Adonis amurensis ‘Beni Nadeshiko’

The other Adonis are continuing to do their yellow sun dance in hopes of inspiring warmer weather.

Adonis amurensis

Adonis amurensis

Adonis amurensis 'Fukujukai'

Adonis amurensis ‘Fukujukai’

Most other things are still on the verge.  The Winter Aconite are showing yellow yellow flowers but they haven’t had a bright cheery bit of sunshine on their north-facing location yet.  And there are some daffodils with serious buds ready to open.  I did see the sharp point of Eminium albertii still having survived the snow and looking ready to pop.

Eminium albertii

Eminium albertii

But mostly it’s thank goodness for the Adonis.

In the greenhouse I found a tiny little Romulea rosea in bloom.

Romulea monticola opens for just hours

Romulea rosea opens for just hours

I’ll have act quicker to catch it in the act of flowering next time.

And here’s a broader picture of the Ferraria for those who might be wondering what the overall plant looks like to go with those marvelous flowers.

Ferraria ferrariola plant in flower

Ferraria ferrariola plant in flower

5 comments on “After the Thaw

  1. Chavli

    What a magnificent addition Beni Nadeshiko is to your collection.
    For over a year now I’ve been admiring your amazing close up shots. Truly breathtaking, and this new Adonis is no exception. Thanks for sharing. I’d be happy to see an update on the renovated section of garden you put in last year.

    1. jw

      I’ll definitely be following up on the new garden. I put in hundreds of bulbs and they are just now starting to show up. The snowdrops are fully out at this point but most of the others are just at the green tip stage.

  2. Les

    I think I lost a whole day just looking at Thimble Farms’ hellebores.

  3. Casa Mariposa

    That adonis is beautiful!! I need to find a spot for some aconite bulbs. Do they go dormant in the summer?

    1. jw

      Oh yes, the winter aconite (and the adonis) are like many of the spring ephemerals, you won’t find a trace of the plant above ground come summertime.