One of the features of posting regularly on Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day is that you can look back and see what was happening on other years. I was surprised to see that despite 3 days in the 80′s-90′s a week ago we are still behind most years and way behind last year. That sounds good to me as I would like Spring to stick around a while.
As usual there are so many things flowering right now that one can afford to be choosy and I’ll ignore the hundreds of daffodils pouring in right now
and the many Hellebores that continue their display both inside and outside.
Instead I’ll focus on some of the more unusual gems to be found around the yard and greenhouse.
First up is a Kalmiopsis leachiana. This is a rarity that I received as a gift this Christmas. It’s a small relative of the Mountain Laurel that was not discovered until 1930 in a remote part of Oregon. It’s now the centerpiece for the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in southwestern Oregon.
We will do our best to keep it happy in Maryland, but I suspect it will not appreciate our hot, humid summers.
Another small delightful evergreen his the Dahphne ‘Lawrence Crocker’. It flowered last fall but seems quite happy to flower again for springtime.
Another small gem showing the last of its flowers is the dark blue Hepatica. This was obtain from Seneca Hill Perennials (now closed) and for a time was carried by Plant Delights but I’ve no idea how to find it now.
The standard trout lilies (Erythronium americana) are just about finished but the more unusual ones are just coming into bloom.
The Erythronium Pagodas are mixed with a few Trillium luteum which flower at exactly the same time with their matching yellow petals.
One of the flowers that I associate with the trout lilies is the bloodroot which always flowers at just about the same time. Just afterward comes the multiflowered bloodroot which is more spectacular and also lasts longer.
A reliable yellow flower, reflecting the sunshine, is the Tulip tarda. Those are flowering in the front rock garden at the moment.
I was quite taken by the leaves and flowers of the corydalis last year and so we have quite a number of them that are new to us this spring. One is Corydalis ‘Abant Wine’, another of the solida hybrids.
Our Camellias are mostly flowering now. Especially nice is Nuccio’s Gem which was added last year.
The epimedia are all beginning to flower now. One of our first was gift from the kids and it has masses of flowers at the moment.
I need to give some praise to the little Primula kisoana. Despite the fact that I’ve discovered it’s a bit of a thug in the garden and I had to evict to one of the more diffcult garden areas under the neighbor’s pine tree, when it actually comes into flower it is startlingly colorful.
I’ve moved some out to the woods and it’s flowering in a spot where many a previous plant has failed.
I need to share also of couple of shots from the greenhouse where some early forcing of bulbs has been going on.
The Adonis continues it’s remarkable season of flowering…
And I will close with the scene that greets me on the way to pick up the paper from the mailbox in the morning.