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|Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) a North American Native Plant|
|Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabalis)|
|Snowdrop Anenome (Anenome sylvestris)|
|Siberion Buglose (Brunnera macrophylla)|
Granted, these may not all technically be 'ephemeral's' but most will completely die back at some point during the summer. Brunnera may be the only plant I've listed here that may hang on to it's foliage, and therefore is not considered ephemeral. I included it here because it blooms at the same time and is such a great companion plant! When the temperatures warm and/or they get a lot of sun, Dicentra, Pulmonaria, and Anenome will disappear under ground. Mertensia and Trillium are true ephemerals. I have some other 'true ephemerals' that I haven't shown here. For the most part, these are short-lived beauties and to-die for!
On that note, I lost Little Sweet Betsy yesterday. My newest addition, Trillium cuneatum, came face to face with a critter who did her in before she even had the chance to completely open up. I was sad for a few moments but realize those are just part of the ups and downs of the backyard gardener.
|Wake Robin (Trillium cuneatum) 'Little Sweet Betsy' - a North American Native Plant|
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ *Have you stopped over to participate in the Gardeners' Sustainable Living Project? It will be 'open' until April 15th so you have plenty of time. I am giving away over 20 garden gifts including a Rain Barrel and a Composter. Be sure to check it out!
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