And my first Hepatica. I got her at the end of the summer and was afraid to put her out in the soil with the slugs. After she blooms, I'll put her in a gallon pot and bury it 3/4 deep. Just for the first year while she's getting established.
This is Hepatica nobilis x cremar. I got it from Rick Lupp at Mt. Tahoma nursery. What a great guy. This beauty was recommended by him and she has impressed me. It was hard to get a good picture. The pink color is strong . . .
katie - Great color on that Hepatica! I do love mine (acutiloba and americana) and look forward to them blooming as much as I do the Hellebores. The flowers look very fresh for such a long period of time (maybe the cool weather helps).
Definitely zone envy! I was in TN for past two weeks, hoping to satisfy my spring craving but wouldn't you know I took the snow down there with me ?!! Did manage to dig a few new rows in DD's garden but that's about it. Did spend time outdoors teaching GD how to snow sled though.
Those Hepaticas and Hellebores are buried under about 8 inches of snow here. Maybe only another month of white stuff?
And it's been unusually warm for us here. I think the high pressure systems over us are actually diverting the El Nino precipitation southward and eastward. So sorry . . .
Everything here is about a month early. I have hydrangeas and clematis leafing out. The Edgeworthias and Daphnes will be blooming soon. Interestingly, I haven't seen early bulb displays so much. I think they must be more controlled by light than by temperature.
Of course, the warm winter just means that we will probably have lots of slugs this year, which is a pain. I've already started to see the little ones hatched out. I have hostas already starting to come up and really have to be on top of that when they first leaf out. If they slugs find them before I do, then I'm way behind the game.
The pink and white Hellebores are my favorites - they really stand out. The dark red ones, although dramatic up close, kind of get lost in all the green we have around here - especially in the shade.
Check out Mt. Tahoma nursery at http://www.backyardgardener.com/mttahoma/. Rick Lupp is a great guy and helped me to decide what to get from among all his beauties. He doesn't do mail order inside Washington so I just "had" to get down there and see his place in person.
I want to go again this spring to see his alpine beds at the heigth of their beauty. I wasn't really into alpines until I saw some of his . . .
Katie, I've been ordering from Mt Tahoma for years, including a pretty hefty order this year.
But you may notice your beautiful hepatica isn't listed in the catalog! I'm jealous!
I'd have snatched it up in a heartbeat, if it was listed! Let us know how it performs for you.
I know, Weerobin. I was trying to be just like you. It was YOU who made me hanker for a Hepatica of my own. And I think it was you who told me about Mt. Tahoma. Thank you!! I also got a Paris Polyphylla from him and am anxiously awaiting her appearance.
I'm absolutely sure that Rick had more of these. Have you thought about calling him?
I ordered too many plants, of course. All for my woodland garden.
Several types of hepatica, especially the different colored ones (rosea, 'red', etc.).
Also some woodland anemones and anemonellas.
I ordered a couple paris's also.
I have a couple small paris's in my yard already, but their survival isn't certain yet.
And 2 trilliums - I have lots of volunteer trillium, but some of the unusual species look great.
So I'll see if any of them like my yard.
How many of them will be around next year, who knows...
By the way, Rick Lupp already replied to my e-mail and will include a hepatica x Cremar in my order.
I'm very pleased.
I have had Fotidus ready to bloom for over a month.
We are having an unusually sub zero winter so they remaine in a state of suspended animation.
Cant find the pic.The plant has been under snow for a month
ge - You've gotten more than your share of winter this year? Snow cover is becoming quite the norm for us so I don't even get a chance to go "touring" the yard until into March. Sigh. Maybe that's why my H. orientalis bloom so late here. Now that I've ordered my H. foetidus, I need to figure out where I'm going to put it and what has to be pulled out to make room.
KimmyCoCoPop wrote:Gorgeous Hellebore...I've never seen a pure white one. Must add one to my "little" collection ! thanks for sharing...I have to find out about your Hepatica...new to me and it's gorgeous...kim
Kim, the Hepatica is native to our area and can be found in the woods around your house I'm sure. It won't be a bright pink one though!
Meyer lemons are in full harvest right now, and still forming flowers too. But it's cool enough that you can't smell that wonderful perfume unless you get up close. In summer you can smell them all the way across the yard, though!
Rhaphiolepsis indica 'Ballerina' is in bloom, too. I'm always surprised more people don't grow this around here. It does so well as a background mini-shrub, and takes so little water while never having any pest problems.
Rosemary 'Tuscan Blue' is in bloom as well. This has never gotten as tall as I wanted, I think the compost we put in is too rich for it, making it sprawl. But it's right outside the front door, so when I need rosemary, I just step outside and snip a few stems off - very handy!
These are true Shasta daisies, from a plant I bought from the Luther Burbank Gardens in Santa Rosa (he developed the Shasta daisy). It was a little slow to establish itself at first, but I was surprised to see blooms on it so early, although the stems are very short - 2" at most!
Another winter lover is Tibouchina urvilleana. I prefer its cousin T. heteromalla, which has less showy flowers but much prettier leaves. But T. urvilleana can't be beat for stunning impact when in bloom. Those big purple flowers are eye-catching!
katie59, there's been some cold days but little frost this year. In between the much-needed rains we've had several spells of mid-day temps in the low to mid-60's, so the garden is about 3 weeks in advance of last year.
Cindy, I've got a variegated fuschia shivering in a pot in my garage.
Of course it's way too soon to know if it has survived the ordeal or not.
I failed on a similar experiment a few years ago, but decided to try it again.
It's not looking very spring-like outside...
Weerobin - My one and only fuschia is a 'Gartenmeister'. I had read that it was a little hardier but I bring it in every fall. Sure it drops it's leaves and I tried to give it a little more of a rest in our 50 degree garage (we keep it heated). I cut it back hard and just brought it into my little lean-to GH (heated) and it's putting out new growth. I'm not brave enough to let it freeze.
Snow is melting here, I can see brown grass since the snow is melting, spent the morning babying cuttings so I'm good for a little while.
WR - I think you're right - P. quadrifolia. I guess that's up next on my list. :-) No sign of life in any of mine yet. But then again, according to the news we're only a month ahead of schedule.
JKOm - it sound like we're enjoying similar effects of El Nino, except that all the water we usually have, we're sending down to you. We have a big high pressure system sitting on top of us now and the sun is out in full force for the weekend. I have Hostas coming up, the Forsythia is in bloom and the Quince is budding.
I remember a St. Pat's Day years ago - sunny, 70 - a real gift. I keep hoping for another one just like it. I always feel that once past Feb, we're virtually home-free (unless we get a foot of lake effect snow dumped on us in the middle of March).
March 1 - I'd be out looking for Hellebore buds but we still have snow on the ground. :( I'm hoping a lot of it will disappear this week with daytime temps above freezing. That's the only positive thing. I'm missing the sun though - haven't seen it for a while.
Ooh, I'm so jealous of you warmer zone people & your signs of Spring! I keep poking around in my gardens for a little green. Even my hellebores aren't doing anything yet (unless you look REALLY close & even then it's not really certain).
ge - Did you get hit with a lot of snow?
I looked out the back window and the snow has melted enough that I can see old ratty Hellebore leaves. I'll wait another day or two to check for buds as I'm sure the ground is pretty mushy with melting snow. I really do try not to tramp around in the garden beds when they're really wet.
lisa - I'm always tiptoeing around during spring cleanup since I can't always wait for the soil to dry out before cleaning up last fall's leaves. Sometimes the leaves are still frozen to the ground. Ugh.
weeding - gorgeous 'Ruse Black'. Wish I had more room for more H.
ge - hoping your snow is melting fast. We're supposed to hit the 40's by the end of the week unless the weathermen change their minds.
ge - Nice montage there . At this point, I'd be happy with green. It is supposed to get above freezing at night next week. We're also supposed to have sun and 45 degrees on Sunday. Hmmm, should I hold my breath???
Have been stuck indoors this week, working on a Murphy bed that we're building. I have to work around DH's schedule since he's currently the paycheck here. So I'm sanding and finishing wood during the day. The snow's just about all gone and I did see a couple of snowdrops in bloom. I need to get out and rake away the fall leaves to see much more.