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BelleWood in Bloom

BelleWood in Bloom 2020

January February


Monday, 17 February 2020

another Day and See! there are more Flowers!

Eranthis pinnatifida, a scarce, reluctantly increasing Japanese relative of
the exuberantly spreading, familiar yellow, E. hyemalis. Oh do hurry up!

Here is Crocus tommasinianus, a crocus that thrives in the shade. And how odd, this one
has eight petals rather than the typical six. I shall have to make a note to watch next year.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Tho it still be Winter there are Flowers in my Garden

It was 7.7 degrees Fahrenheit the other night. Unharmed,
even more, so many more Eranthis hyemalis now appear.

Small differences distinguish galanthus cultivars.
This little beauty is Galanthus nivalis 'Virid Apice'

Lenten rose, Helleborus Early Purple Group opens its oxblood red flowers revealing ivory stamens.

Monday, 10 February 2020

Food stored in their underground "pantries" enables the little bulbs to spring into early growth and bloom, well before roots can access nutrients in the cold soil. Eager growth before trees leaf out and block the sunlight means woodlands awaken, quicken, before open meadows.

Snowdrops hurry, scurry, pushing up in groups, their paired, emerging leaves
protecting tender, membrane wrapped flower buds as they pierce the soil.

Even daintier, golden winter aconites, Eranthis hyemalis, each blossom perched
on a frilly green Toby ruff-like leaf, spread far and wide by means of light tan seeds.

Closed in overcast conditions to keep their pollen dry, they'll open wide in sunlight.

The early Lenten roses, Helleborous Early Purple Group, shoves its buds
up from under fallen leaves. I need to clean up, but Friday will be colder.


Wednesday, 29 January 2020

The calendar still says it is winter. I went into the woods this afternoon and found flowers.
Does this mean it is spring? Probably not. But it is a hopeful sign.

This lovely trio is Galanthus nivalis 'Atkinsii'
Common names are schneetropfen, snow-drop in German, percé neige, snow piercer in French,
and in the UK, variously fair maid of February, or February fair maid in Somerset and Wiltshire

The Snowdrop
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid,
Ever as of old time,
Solitary firstling,
Coming in the cold time,
Prophet of the gay time,
Prophet of the May time,
Prophet of the roses,
Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid!

Bulbs have an edge, able to draw on stored food reserves underground
while the soil is still frozen and cold. Even so,

an early perennial, Helleborus ×ericsmithii, has buds and first flowers.

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