Tangled Branches: Cultivated
happenings in and around my zone 6b gardens in northern Virginia and in central Virginia
Monday, February 16, 2009
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day+1: North
Well, I was expecting to have more crocuses to show you and they're very close to opening, and may open as soon as this afternoon, BUT they weren't open when I went outside with the camera. So how about an Iris and a Winter Aconite?
Isn't this pretty? Iris reticulata 'Gordon' is new to the garden this year. I've had trouble keeping dwarf Irises going, but I have high hopes for this one. It's a two-fer, in my view - the penetrating periwinkle blue shows up very well against the leaf litter, even from a distance, and when you get close, you can appreciate the intricacy of the multicolor lower petals. In fact, I'm so smitten with this flower, I'm going to go right out after I post this and snip it off to bring indoors.
Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other's gold.
Winter Aconite is more yellow than gold, but is an old friend. This little clump has been faithfully chasing away winter for many years.
I always thought this was Eranthis hyemalis, but now wonder if it isn't Eranthis cilicica. And look, here's a picture of Eranthis cilicica blooming next to what appears to be Iris reticulata. If there are any experts reading this who can tell me how to distinguish E. hyemalis from E. cilicica, I'd be very grateful.
The crocus and snowdrops I showed you earlier this month are still blooming, as is the indoor Phalaenopsis orchid. Galanthus nivalis (the other snowdrop) is just starting to open, but my camera battery died while I was transferring the photos to the computer. I'll post another picture in a few days when the flowers have opened up more. Hellebores are finally raising their heads, but we're expecting cold weather this week, so probably no flowers for several more days.
That's it for Tangled Branches North on this Bloom Day plus one.
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