The heucheras are changing also, becoming more brilliant with the warm sunshine. Fresh tiny leaves are emerging at the base and will become the main attraction as the older leaves fade and disintegrate. This is H. Stormy Seas.
After daily checking on the hellebores, a bud has finally opened. It is time to get back to work shearing the old leaves off the remaining plants that didn’t get their yearly haircut earlier. We had a couple of weeks of colder than normal temps that delayed the completion of that mid winter task. See the post titled ‘Cutting of the Hellebores’ dated January 19, 2008.
Both of these hellebores are freckle free. I wonder if that type blooms first, or it is their siting, with a little more sun hitting them longer than the others. The sun is rising higher in the horizon now as it makes it path across the back garden from left to right. The feel to its rays have a detectable warmth increase. There seem to be a few more leaves that need to be removed, I didn’t notice that until looking at this post. Another good reason for the blog!
A photo of the large white flowered tree peony, paeonia suffruticosa, bud allows the viewer to see the color of the petals twisted inside the pinkish casing. The normal bloom peak for this shrub is the first week in April. Yes, only one week of prime pristine blooms, but what magnificent blooms they are. There are at least fifty buds on this seven year old peony this year. Check back around that time for hopefully high quality pictures. White is a difficult color to focus, we shall give the new camera a strenuous test.
Arum Italicum looks crisp and luscious. The bloom is barely noticable under the leaves when it opens later in spring, but the rotund red orange berries rise above the leaves on a stalk until the whole plant goes dormant in mid summer. The leaves return in winter to begin the cycle anew when the yellow veined green leaves are a welcome sight.
Erysimum of unknown variety, the tag said ‘Bowles’ Mauve’, but research shows that wallflower to have gray leaves. These leaves however are another winter delight. Does anyone recognize this plant? New last year, they are planted in a very conspicuous spot near some stairs and have paid off that choice placement with this sort of foliage all year. They seem to look a little fresher now, preparing for the early spring bloom.