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BelleWood in Bloom

BelleWood in Bloom 2018



Saturday, 14 April 2018

As you look at these flowers in bloom at BelleWood Gardens

keep in mind that just 12 days ago, on 2 April, there was snow.

Narcissus 'Ice Follies', in bud yesterday, in bloom today.

Narcissus cyclamineus, a parent of all those
Division 6 narcissus such as 'Dove Wings'.

Paeonia japonica was just emerging on
4 April. Now green rather than coral red.

There's an amusing story, too long to go
into here, about a confusion between this
little bulb, Puschkinia libanotica and the
Scilla mischtschenkoana in the 4 April entry.

I'm finding more Jeffersonia dubia where seed has been flung
about by flailing seed pods. Does better on its own than if I sow it.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Today was absurdly warm. Hot even, with temperature reaching 82° Fahrenheit. Flowers were popping into bloom. I did photograph many of them. And also others that have been in bloom for a while, concerned that the abrupt change in the weather with push them over and out. Here are the pictures. I did get them edited, named, and uploaded. But it's getting late, and I'm tired. I'll be back here tomorrow , and write more. Until then, pleasant dreams.

Magnolia stellata rosea, opening flower bud

Narcissus 'Ice Follies', in bud

Narcissus 'Dove Wings'

A group of Scilla bifolia

Scilla bifolia


Anemone blanda

Anemone ranunculoides

Jeffersonia dubia

Jeffersonia dubia, closeup

Sanguinaria canadensis

Pulmonaria saccharata

Pulmonaria rubra

A nice clump of Helleborus niger

Helleborus ×orientalis with interesting buff rose flowers

Helleborus viride

Not a dandelion. It's colt's foot, Tussilago farfara

Monday, 9 April 2018

Oh dear. Between the weather and whatever I did not clean up
up over here. Not that the Bulbocodium vernum seems to mind.
I'll have to be careful, working around these early flowers, leaves
barely up. A name change - they're now Colchicum vernum. True,
their bulbs look like those of colchicums. Which flower in autumn.

The flowers of Petasites look like a little bouquet. They're edible
if foraged earlier than now. Huge leaves will appear soon. Warning.
It runs. These escaped from a buried bathtub with screening, three
layers of screening, over the drain hole. Good in shady, wet places
where it has ample room to run and can accomodate their leaves.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Apparently Paeonia japonica is convinced Spring is actually here,
what with its coral red shoots emerging. Notice the flower bud
protectively wrapped by leaf shoots in second left from bottom.

Lots of hellebores in bloom. These really need a cleanup with
removal of their winter damaged old foliage. So much to do!

Helleborus orientalis really do look better when they're cleaned up.

Helleborus niger is more reliably evergreen.

Another one. Common name may be Christmas rose but
that's nonsense. This is April, not December,

and it doesn't even look like a rose.

Leucojum vernum, spring snowflake. Vernum, for vernal, springtime.

Have you ever noticed how it is, that when the Latin names of plants are changed, they become more difficult to spell and harder to pronounce? This scilla used to be named Scilla tubergeniana, for the Dutch bulb company Van Tubergen. Now it is Scilla mischtschenkoana. I suspect that it may sound like my cat when he sneezes.

Deep purple crocus, Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitwell Purple'

I am somehow convinced that this is
Narcissus 'Mustard Seed'. Problem is
I cannot find any reference to that name.

Here it is with the 77mm lens cap for comparison.

Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation',
usually in bloom well before now.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation' ignoring this silly onion snow.

Crown imperial, Fritillaria imperialis, also
ignoring the snow. I've seen it slumped over
from cold. It recovers when things warm up.


Monday, 26 February 2018

Just look at this hellebore, shabby, blackened, and looking dead.

What a difference when the old, winter-blackened leaves
are removed and the rich purple flower buds are revealed.

Petasites has fat flower buds, a tight bouquet on their own.

Small differences make galanthaphiles
ecstatic. This is Galanthus nivalis 'Virid-Apice'.

Plump petals like rounded cream tea spoons on
Galanthis nivalis x plicatus, another to be admired.

Quite different. Long narrow petals on Galanthus nivalis 'Atkinsii'.

Fat little snowdrop with double center and green tipped outer petals. One of the so-called "Greatorex doubles" from Heyrick G. Greatorex, a hybridiser in the UK, Galanthus nivalis 'Ophelia' is a charming hybrid of G. plicatis and G. nivalis 'Flore Pleno' . Introduced in the 1940s, 'Ophelia' is one of Greatorex' earliest introductions and, in his opinion, one of his best.


Raised from seed a Japanese friend sent to me,
Eranthis pinnatifida. Happy to have the few I do,
only wish it would seed around and increase.

After all, Eranthis hiemalis increases almost too freely.

Wednesday, 21 February

Golden petals, green Toby-ruff leaf. Must be Spring
if winter aconites are now in flower.

Sunday, 18 February

Delicious fragrance in my greenhouse
with Freesia alba in bloom.

Pretty little Narcissus 'Julia Jane'. She's a
selection from wild collected Moroccan
Narcissus romieuxii. Likes living in a pot.

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