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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2010
6:44 PM

Post #7719582

As usual, I get overwhelmed by the flurry of things going on every spring.
It's hard to keep up with spring garden maintenance and simultaneously deal with all my spring plants orders.
So I'm just catching my breath.
Here are some of my spring woodland stalwarts.
Believe it or not, this is my edited list.
Try to indulge me...

First up, is one of my beautiful woodland peonies. Thrives in typical woodland shade.
(Paeonia obovata).

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2010
6:47 PM

Post #7719587

Next, another favorite woodland peony, paeonia japonica.

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2010
6:49 PM

Post #7719596

And I can't get enough of double bloodroot (sanguinaria canadensis Multiplex).
It gets better and better every year.
Several pix, since every picture seems too perfect to be true!

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2010
6:50 PM

Post #7719601

Another pix of double bloodroot.

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2010
6:51 PM

Post #7719605

And one more double bloodroot. It's just fabulous.

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2010
6:53 PM

Post #7719610

Jeffersonia dubia

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2010
6:54 PM

Post #7719614

Disporum humile is a small little treasure which spreads into a nice clump.
Here dressing up an old tree stump.

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2010
6:56 PM

Post #7719622

Corydalis George Baker jutting through the leaves with it's red early spring blooms.

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2010
6:58 PM

Post #7719631

Puschkinia is an early spring bulb which pops up here and there in my woodland garden.
It's very cute.
Thanks for letting me show off some of my favorite woodland plants. More to come !

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postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 20, 2010
8:01 AM

Post #7720755

Very nice!

Doug
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

April 21, 2010
2:14 AM

Post #7723231

More beauties! I really like the flower color of Corydalis 'George Baker', don't think I've ever seen one so pink! We're having problems with a "weedy" Corydalis that's spreading everywhere in the gardens. I've never been able to get an ID for it - popped up in a pot of something else we purchased and at the time I thought it was pretty. Actually it is a pretty purple flower and unique gray-green foliage but it's becoming a nightmare in the gardens!
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2010
10:19 PM

Post #7726232

Fun spring beauties!! That Paeonia obovata is stunning - I'd like to see more pictures of her, please.
kdfisher
Ellijay, GA
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2010
4:09 AM

Post #7726440

Double bloodroot. Nice! How to go about planting?

Sources on the web?
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

April 23, 2010
7:48 AM

Post #7729784

Beautiful pics! I have the Jeffersonia diphylla and really like the seed pods. I missed out on it's bloom though this year. Went out of town for Easter for a week, warm temps here at home brought it up out of the ground, bloomed and dropped it's petals by the time I got home. I have some Anemonella thalicroides in the same area and it tends to bloom for a longer period of time.
I've always coveted the double blood root. Beautiful.

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 23, 2010
8:25 AM

Post #7729884

Cindy, Gene Bush at Munchkin Nursery in Milltown IN had some double last year. I don't know if he still does but you could check with him.

Doug
ptilda
Spooner, WI

April 23, 2010
6:36 PM

Post #7731291

Beautiful plants! Makes me expand my wish list! :)
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 23, 2010
7:21 PM

Post #7731396

Uh oh . . . a new woodland plant nursery . . .
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2010
4:12 AM

Post #7732102

Kdfisher, I have gotten my double bloodroot from a variety of places over the years.
Seneca Hill, Edelweis, Joy Creek and Plant Delights nurseries have all carried it in the past.
Other DG'ers have complained it's fussy, but mine do fine.
We certainly have millions of native (single) bloodroot, so maybe our climate / soil is just right for it.
The clump which thrives the best for me (the one pictured above) is happy as a clam in the shade of a red maple with tons of root competition from the maple. I can't stick a trowel into the ground around it, since it's so totally root-bound. But the double bloodroot loves it there. I have a sprinkler system, so it gets watered every other day or so. But the maple roots probably keep it on the dry side.

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2010
4:17 AM

Post #7732112

Katie, you know you don't need to beg me to show off pictures!
Here are a couple more of my paeonia obovata.

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2010
4:18 AM

Post #7732116

It has nice full foliage too.

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2010
4:30 AM

Post #7732138

This is a different woodland peony, which I think is supposed to get a little more light.
It's paeonia mairei.

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2010
4:33 AM

Post #7732143

And one more, p. japonica again.
I love the single crepe-paper cupped bowls.

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postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2010
5:43 AM

Post #7732231

Scott how much land do you garden on? From the looks of your pictures, you have your own arboretum!! I know last year when I started up the hill on the woodland garden a friend of mine said "What are you trying to do, create a park?" I think he was closer than he realized!!!

Doug
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2010
7:27 AM

Post #7732417

I've got two acres.
Unfortunately, I really can't keep up with maintaining all of it,
especially limited to weekends only.
Seems you clear out one area, while another is returning to jungle.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

April 24, 2010
12:36 PM

Post #7733176

Doug - I did order a couple of things from Gene last year but haven't so far this year. I may have to look through his catalog again. Since I'm currently not working, trying very hard to stretch my plant budget. I'm so tempted...
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 24, 2010
2:27 PM

Post #7733399

I do get the jungle thing . . . it's just that the things that grow back are not the ones you want.

Okay, WR, I'm buying tickets on my way and will see you in MO soon. Jeepers - those peonies are something. I'm still waiting on the one I bought last year (I didn't get it out of a pot, so I'm guessing that it's gone - argh) to come up. That makes me sad. I'll definitely have to replace it and/or add more.

Those peonies are gorgeous.
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 25, 2010
3:19 AM

Post #7734818

Katie, come on out! You can help me plant all the mail-order plants cluttering up my driveway.
It's the same vicious cycle:
- every winter, I think I have the perfect place for every plant I see.
- every spring I say 'what was I thinking???' after a million plants arive in the mail.
- then the frantic process of getting them all in the ground.
- than, alas, winter returns and I find all those plants which would look just perfect in my yard.
My wife just rolls her eyes.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 25, 2010
9:40 PM

Post #7737376

Hee hee. I know that cycle. Literally, there are so many plants and so little time!!

I'll add to that finding a really good deal on something in late fall. Buying it, even though I know better, and then not getting it into the ground before the rains and cold hit. When your wife is rolling her her eyes, remind her that at least you don't do that.

I am getting better. There are several plants that need full sun and sharp drainage that I don't even look at anymore (unless they're in someone else's garden).

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