Sorry for the mini hiatus! I always forget how everything garden erupts all at once in spring leaving not enough time to tend to everyone. Pruning, weeding, transplanting, seeding is on my mind and the precious free days I have are spent doing all of those things. For plants however, growing, blooming, and setting seed are on the top of their list. The mixture of cool rainy days and warm sunny ones has been a recipe for a rambunctious garden. So what’s been blooming? Let’s see!
The Oemleria cerasiformis started out as a little sucker I dug up on the side of a road and in one year it shot up to 3 feet. It bloomed in early spring this year revealing male flowers. Though I was hoping for a female plant for the fruit, it’s a part of rolling the diecious plant dice. Some people find that the flowers smell like cat pee, but I don’t find its green fragrance deterring. (Its scent reminds me of hiking trails in early spring through the understory of the Pacific Northwest.)
On a gray day in early March, I spied this Epimedium fargesii at work. Its pale pink stellar flowers glowed in the gloom, and the airy inflorescence gave each flower enough room to hang and stretch out. It’s been about a month and it’s still blooming! There are even new inflorescences emerging along with the new leaves. The triangular leaves start of small, supple, and deep burgundy. As they mature and expand the leaves fade to a rosy bronze, then to a fresh apple green. Swoon! I am not usually one for Epimediums, but the effervescent flowers and delicate stems lighten the heavy evergreen leaves unlike some of its heftier cousins.
Bergenia ‘Bressingham White’ is reaching the end of its show, but not before putting on a pale blush.
Yet another plant I am surprised by: Erythronium oregonum. I received two from work as dormant bulbs and I planted them under my blue spruce without any expectations. The bulbs were tiny non-blooming size. I figured the voles would get the bulbs first and if they happened to dodge that bullet, the slugs would enjoy marring the leaves and taking bites out of the immature buds. Boy was I proven wrong! Every year the two have returned and flowered for the past few years. This year they are exceptionally lovely, though I wonder it the Sluggo had a hand in this…
Remember the Dodecatheon pulchellum on my past post? Well they are definitely up now! This is just the beginning, there are more buds on the way. It amazes that that all of these clumps came from three 4″ pots three years ago.
Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ is fully awake and beginning to flower. I hope one day to have a billowing mass of lacy gold foliage, but starting life as rescues in 4″ pots they are growing quite quickly and nicely.
Our native Dicentra is also in bud. Yes, much more humble than his larger cousin, but it’s a (tough) friendly spreading ground cover.
Oh! Remember Darmera peltata? It’s sending up its first inflorescence! It won’t be long until the large lotus leaves are up and unfolding.
The first Fritillaria meleagris is now in full bloom. I love their nodding flowers and that checkered snakeskin pattern. One of the few Fritillaria I can successfully grow in my clayey soil.
Alright, and now for the Primulas, are you ready?
Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you. I know I look like a Primula Nut, but I assure you this is just the beginning of a possible obsession (which I am trying to pull the reins on). Anyway after all that I’ll leave you with a house plant to cleanse the palette with: behold, Clivia ‘Golden Dragon’!
Yellow flowering Clivias are still highly sought after and comment a high-price, but they are more available than they have been in the past. I’m just happy to have one that blooms consistently (so far). Time to go, but do look for Part II tomorrow! Spring is certainly here!