Thank goodness the worst of the rain is over - two weeks! The sun comes out now and the temperature is now in the double digits. A respite in which I took some pictures.
A large portion of the garden is shaded. To varying degrees to be sure, but with a lot of trees, and more desired, it is to be expected. Naturally the shade garden is at its best in the spring when the ephemerals make themselves known. But you better be quick or you might miss their visit. We are blessed or cursed (the choice is yours, but I go with the former) with three Black Walnut trees that are only now leafing out. Perfect timing for the spring bloomers to catch as much sun as possible before they are shaded out. This year the Trilliums are doing really well and the Hepaticas which have always been quite shy are slowly pushing themselves onto the scene. Ferns and Solomon's Seal always do well, and this year I have (after a lengthy search) two small plants of False Solomon's Seal both of which are in flower. I know you are aware of the ongoing battle with rabbits however the elderberries are recovering, though the honey suckle is still struggling. Ironic of course, since both were planted with feeding the animals in mind, if only the bunnies would let them live first.
|Who can resist the Bleeding Heart?|
|Oddly the native ones do not do well in my gardens.|
|Rue Anemone or Anemonella thalictroides is a sweet little thing|
|Flowers are now over but the foliage of Hepatica nobilis is great|
|Virginia bluebells start out pink and then turn blue. They mix nicely with bleeding hearts, trilliums etc.|
|The Jack's are doing really well and transplant without a problem|
|The Great White Trillium is known for its three white bracts and three leaves|
|False Solomon's Seal form is similar to the true but the flowers are not as showy|
|Solomon's Seal flowers. The plants come in varying heights, mine top out at 3.5 feet|
|I never knew the Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) flowers were so interesting|
|Here's a close up - just because|
Here's hoping for a productive week in the garden.