Spring is officially here in the Fairegarden, and that means the ephemerals of the season are gearing up for their time in the sun, until the trees leaf out, that is.
Others keep on blooming for many months, often right up until the first frost of fall, like the Dicentra eximia. Few plants are as generous with blooms as these native bleeding hearts with the ferny, friendly foliage.
These violets may not be natives but they are most certainly wildlings. Some are solid blue-purple, others are white with the darker veining. They have world domination in mind here, but aren’t they so sweet?
Gail of Clay and Limestone, the author of this meme, persuaded me to bump natives to the top of my want lists, with admirable persistence, I might add. She knows how to wear me down! Spring Beauty, Claytonia virginica is a flower from my childhood in Oklahoma. We used to pick them from the lawns where they dotted the green carpets along with the dandelions and violets. The foliage is very tiny, grasslike as are the flowers. It is by sheer numbers that they attract notice, not yet in my garden setting, but someday, I hope.
Speaking of dandelions, Taraxacum officionale, shoosh, don’t let my husband The Financier hear that they are being allowed to flower! I admit to liking the yellow mopheads, an ingredient in the icing of very fine mud pies and cakes made long, long ago.
A true native with a cute nickname, Trillium cuneatum has emerged from the mossy leaf litter in the part of the garden referred to as the Wildflower Corner. Once under the generous shade of the large red maple tree, Ferngully, the residents of the corner have suffered as the Ferngully replacement tree and others have slowly grown to provide the desired protection from a zone 7a sun. It was rough going the first few years as the leafy canopy was suddenly removed to overexpose the delicate inhabitants. It was hoped that a flower would emerge from the mottled leaves in time for the fourth Wednesday of March.
Aha, through the magic of local nursery visiting, just to see what they have, no purchases made, yet, the Sweet Betsy, aka Wake Robin flower was captured for your viewing pleasure! Ours should be along shortly.
The joy was difficult to suppress when these beauties were also spotted. Oh, and the flowers were nice, too. This nursery is the go to for glazed containers, such an array and the prices are reasonable.