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BelleWood in Bloom

BelleWood in Bloom 2018

February March


Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Herbaceous perennials are coming into bloom in the woods. Quickly now,
before the trees leaf out and intercept the sunlight. Pulmonaria rubra is
a pleasing lungwort, this species with plain green leaves and pink flowers.

It was a number of years ago when I hauled these Magnolia stellata into the woods
and planted them. They were, I assure you, smaller back then. And I was younger too.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Narcissus cyclamineus with its swept back petals
stamps its progeny with this characteristic.

Such as Narcissus 'Dove Wings', which will mature to all white.

Monday, 8 April 2019

The daffodils are also hurrying into bloom, including Narcissus 'Ice Follies'

Absurdly warm weather (it reached 78 degrees Fahrenheit this afternoon) has
all sorts of plants hastening into bloom. Like this star magnolia. Isn't it lovely.

Charming overall, and well worth a close up look too.

I have several of the more often seen white, and one pink star magnolia.

It is a little slower into bloom, by about a day. Wonderful year for magnolias.

The earlier, sessile trillium are also up and out. Just see this colony of Trillium cuneatum.

Helleborus niger is also making quite a show. The bees are enjoying it too.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

A lovely group of Jeffersonia dubia. Lots of little one or two flowered offspring,
self-sown, scattered about nearby. Good deal, as they don't transplant easily.

Do you call it bloodroot, or give the formal Latin Sanguinaria canadensis.
Sanguinaria, sanguine, bloody - all the same. and refers to the orange sap.


Monday, 25 March 2019

Helleborus niger aka Christmas rose. This year, edging up to Easter instead.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Helleborus Early Purple Group. Flowers quite well but rarely sets seed for me.

Not a snowdrop but a snowflake, Leucojum vernum, with its starched petticoat bells.

One of my favorites, Galanthus nivalis 'Virid-Apice' with its green tipped petals.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

What a difference a few days make. Warmer temperatures, some sunshine and - voila - flowers, lots of them.

Winter aconites, Eranthis hiemalis, a field of gold.

The wizened little tubers sold in fall may be difficult to get growing.
The few that do take hold will thrive and produce generous seed.

Actively growing plants are easy to move by the trowel-full when flowers fade.

Golden sunshine in the form of flowers, balanced on a green Toby-ruff.

Interestingly, honeybees (there's one to the right of center) prefer snowdrops

as may be seen perhaps a little more clearly, here.

Lots of snowdrops racing into bloom, like these Galanthus nivalis x plicatus,
with petals as plump and rounded as cream tea spoons.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

The last of the snow and the first of the snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis.

First of the hellebores too, my favorite Helleborus Early Purple Group.

A couple of brave winter aconites, Eranthis hiemalis.


Friday, 22 February 2019

It's a late season. Here it is, nearly the end of February. And all I can find
are a few lonely little winter aconites, Eranthis hiemalis, one here, one there.

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