Belated Garden Blogger’s Bloom Post for March 2016

Corydalis solida ‘Gunite’

Corydalis solida ‘Gunite’

It is way past the normal mid-months sharing of what’s in bloom for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day.  My only excuse is that I was in Florida taking pictures of all kinds of birds.  Meanwhile Maryland had warm enough temperatures that many things accelerated right through their bloom cycle while I was gone.  Today we are back to cold and intermittent snow, but I did get some pictures yesterday before the weather changed.  Given the hour and lateness of the posting I will try to focus on just a few of the unusual flowers and you can assume that the daffodils, crocuses, Glory of the Snow, Leucojeum, Hellebores, etc. are all doing their spectacular thing.

One group of flowers that is really shining right now is the Corydalis solida.

Corydalis solida 'Decipiens'

Corydalis solida ‘Decipiens’

Corydalis solida 'Beth Evans'

Corydalis solida ‘Beth Evans’

Close by is the first of the Erythroniums

Erythronium dens-canis 'Rose Queen'

Erythronium dens-canis ‘Rose Queen’

The Hepaticas are well into bloom now, though they seem to be staggered in time.  Some are ready and others just poking through.

Hepatica nobilis 'Pink'

Hepatica nobilis ‘Pink’

Hepatica nobilis large form blue shade (single flower)

Hepatica nobilis large form blue shade (single flower)

One of my favorite spring ephemerals are the Jeffersonia, both the Korean and American types.

Jeffersonia dubia

Jeffersonia dubia

We also have a new snowdrop with very exotic markings that came to us from Lithuania last year.

Galanthus 'Dionysus'

Galanthus ‘Dionysus’

The same source, Augis Bulbs, also sent us a big flowered little tulip (i.e., big flower for a dwarf tulip)

Tulipa hissarica

Tulipa hissarica

I have to spend some time with the Adonis as they continue to fascinate me.  For the first time we have Adonis vernalis (also from Augis Bulbs).

Adonis vernalis

Adonis vernalis

The foliage is quite different from the ferny foliage of the other Adonis that we have.  Note how even when the flowers are gone the Adonis amurensis ‘Fukujukai’ makes a very pretty clump.

Adonis amurensis 'Fukujukai' flower clump

Adonis amurensis ‘Fukujukai’ flower clump

The Adonis amurensis ‘Sandanzaki’ continues to flower and to give a sense of it’s flowering habit let me share the picture of both the overall plant and then the individual flower which began opening almost a month ago.

Adonis amurensis ‘Sandansaki’ flower clump

Adonis amurensis ‘Sandansaki’ flower clump

Adonis amurensis ‘Sandanzaki’ near end of triple bloom showing the full lion's mane

Adonis amurensis ‘Sandanzaki’ near end of triple bloom showing the full lion’s mane

Adonis amurensis ‘Sandansaki’ bud still starting it's second stage

Adonis amurensis ‘Sandansaki’ bud still starting it’s second stage

We also have the last part of the flowering of another unusual Adonis that mostly flowered while I was in Florida.

Adonis amurensis ‘Beni Nadeshiko’

Adonis amurensis ‘Beni Nadeshiko’

There are a couple of nice Drabas flowering in the troughs right now.

Draba aizoides

Draba aizoides

Draba acaulis

Draba acaulis

Also in the small trough is the first bud for a pasque flower

Pulsatilla patens in the small trough

Pulsatilla patens in the small trough

Well, there is more on the outside but let me finish up with a few plants from the greenhouse.  The Spiloxene is pretty special right now.

Spiloxene capensis

Spiloxene capensis

And there are a couple of other related South African plants flowering too.

Gladiolus tristis

Gladiolus tristis

Freesia grandiflora

Freesia grandiflora

And last but not least is the first Ferraria that inspired me to grow these ultra curled flowers.

Ferraria ferrariola

Ferraria ferrariola

 

3 comments on “Belated Garden Blogger’s Bloom Post for March 2016

  1. rusty duck

    All glorious, as ever. But it is the Freesia grandiflora that has caught my eye this time. Is it scented as well?

    1. jw

      Hi there Jessica. I do get a ginger-like smell from the flower, but I don’t have the most sensitive nose around. Thanks for asking though, I need to pay more attention to fragrance.

  2. Les

    I love that the foliage and flowers of the Adonis ‘Sandansaki’ have the same texture.