What’s going on outside?
Since the sun was shining, I thought it couldn’t hurt to check my snowdrop patch to see what was going on there.I am pretty sure my snowdrops are Galanthus nivalis. I want to get G. elwesii to start my snowdrop season off sooner. (Don explains the differences between the two common species.) I’m taking note of where the snow melts first and am planning to plant them there.
There are a few signs of life amid the melting snow:Many colchicums start sending their foliage tips up well before spring starts. The tips are subjected to quite cold temperatures and get browned and rather ratty-looking, but the leaves finish emerging when the temperatures moderate and always do fine. I think that one little seedling (click photo to enlarge) is a larkspur. This sedum is a trial plant sent by Terra Nova nurseries last year. It looks like it will be back again this spring. The tag says it’s hardy to -15F (-25C) and we didn’t get quite that cold. It is supposed to be shorter than ‘Brilliant’ and not spread apart in midsummer. We shall see about that. I started these feverfews with seed from the American Horticultural Society’s seed exchange. Feverfew foliage tolerates the cold temperatures of early spring around here and looks nice long before the flowers start blooming. In another month I’ll be trimming the brown stuff away so it will look its best. This is an unnamed seedling from Seneca Hill Perennials that appears to put out new foliage throughout the winter. It’s not the best photograph, but there is everything from browned foliage to freshly emerged green. It blooms for me in May.
No, spring hasn’t arrived yet, but the promise of its arrival is there to see in every thaw.
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