I got the seed for this several years from NARGS, labelled simply as
"draba ssp" and its just a wonderful performer.
Please share your April blooms!
At last...some April bloom!
I love that townsendia Ally! The curling up flowers reminds
me of Anacyclus depressus.
Thank you Goldenfish. Starting from seed does add a layer of
pleasure when the plant survives and thrives. I had a few
anemone nemorsa from seed but didn't get them planted 'til
late in the season last year. I hope at least one survived. Your's
is lovely, such a bright white bloom & tight foliage.
Great pics! How I long for the snow to melt.....this will be my latest spring yet...still 4 feet of snow over the rockery; normally my crocus are out by now. Maybe blooms by the end of May! I can see buds in my one kabschia saxifrage trough that has melted out!
Its been the coolest & wettest spring I can remember here. We will
all relish your blooms when the snow finally does reveal their beauty
That Anemonella is so delicate! never heard of Mukdenia...I like it!
Goldenfish - I bought an anemonella thalictroides for way more than I
should have a few years ago. I just love them. Mine hasn't even started
poking its nose out yet.
And I'm with Todd - Mukdenia is new to me but its lovely! I'd love to see
a shot with more of its folliage.
Lovely photos, everyone!
Well, my Draba spp. grown from seed last year were just about to flower last week when they had all their flower stems munched off by a jack rabbit... at least I got to see that one would have been white and other yellow (two species, the yellow one with hairy leaves, the white one without). Said bunny or one of its kin is now doing the same to Draba aizoides, dang! (And this, after earlier nipping off my Achillea aleppica spp. zederbaueri... how much can even an animal-lover be expected to take? LOL!)
I grew Mukdenia rossii from seed in 2004 and have been tickled to find that they are hardy here... but mine haven't bloomed yet in the deep shade they're in. Do they prefer a sunnier spot? Part shade, perhaps? (I started more last year too and put them in mostly sun, so I guess I'll find out eventually what they prefer here.)
Hepatica transylvanica is starting to bloom, despite its position in deep shade. What a trooper!
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Mukdenia rossii's leaves come out after the flowers bloom, so I'll post
its folliage photo anytime soon. I plant it under the camellia hedge so part shade would be suited.
The Hepatica transylvanica is beautifl blue. It shines brilliantly in the deep shade.
These are native Japanese violets.
"Viola mandshurika var. ikedaeana"
I too have been perusing the great photos, and waiting for spring to come here. After a brief dry out and bare ground, it's snowing again - 5-8 inches this time around they say. A few days ago I had uncovered my potted materials to find some good things for our Arboretum plant society fair this Saturday. They're covered back up now with plastic to keep the wet snow out. An interesting survivor peaking in the garden this year so far: Lycoris radiata, in zone 4. No mulch, and it didn't snow until early December 2007.
Ahhhhh...spring. But poor Altagardner... losing your early blooms to a
That violet is lovely goldenfish.
Todd - glad to see you are getting to join in the early spring jewels! Those
are terrific photos.
Thank you for the sympathy, LOL! Oh well, other than that, I've got a young Adonis amurensis 'Fukujukai' in bloom, plus the Euphorbia myrsinites that seeded themselves along the house foundation, a couple of crocuses, the earliest Scilla siberica, and a bunch of puschkinias to tide me over for a bit. After an apparently unexpected 8" or so of snow today(!! ... "30% chance of precipitation", ha!), it's supposed to hit 20 deg C on the weekend; if so, all the bulbs will take off! There is a bunch of big Dutch crocuses ready to roll, and the earliest Pulsatilla vulgaris....
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Do you suppose Bugs Bunny is a jack rabbit?
A question for everyone: for who are crocus an increasing perennial?
Yeah, I think Bugs is a white-tailed jack rabbit... the long, lanky frame and cocky attitude cinch it.
Crocuses do well for me here, Leftwood (I think, anyway)... chrysanthus, vernus, tommasinianus, sieberi seem to multiply nicely. I have heard, though, that some people do not have the same experience for whatever reason.
I have been much less successful at establishing fall-blooming crocus though (in part, because they seem extremely tasty to squirrels)... and they tend to bloom too late anyway - this year, I only saw the spent freeze-dried flowers in spring.
Crocus self-seed in my garden...they are popping up the lawn everywhere and I didn't plan to naturalize them..looks nice! Primarily its the tommassinianus and chrysanthus that spread the most, but the Dutch do so also, just slower.
I now have the bulb book Buried Treasures, by Jānis Rukšāns. It's the spur for that question. Talking about crocus in grass, for him, he says, "all my attempts of growing C. chrysanthus have failed. The crocuses flowered nicely in one, two, or mostly three years, and then disappeared. The turf of my Latvian lawn was simply too dense for them. Only two species demonstrate a capacity to survive . . . C. heuffelianus and C. tommasinianus."
I have never been enamored by corcus, and have hardly even ever planted them. As with so many species, I don't plant them because I know little about them. But maybe now . . .
My lawn is mostly clover...not dense like most lawns I've seen in the prairies....obviously loose enough that the crocus spread fine!
No lawn here... just perennials. It seems here that crocuses/small bulbs planted in an urban lawn wouldn't work too well because the lawn would need to be cut long before the crocus foliage had died back.. so I never tried it.
EDIT: Or rather, "public opinion might hold that the lawn would need to be cut", if you know what I mean...
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Well - I've got a rural lawn and I leave one hillside unmowed til midMay. Its three
feet tall some years. First the muscari bloom, then the buttercups. I've planted it
up with daffodils and may add in some other bulbs. Crocus do perennialize in
garden beds for me but I haven't tried them in the lawn at my current property.
My old (tiny city) lawn was too dense for the crocus to last long year to year.
First blooms on an aubretia
Goldenfish - the echo of red on the epimedium leaves in the background
is quite beautiful with the pulsatilla cernua
Todd - I have a hard time feeling sorry for you with that glorious sax ready
to pop. I have not yet mastered them.