Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring Ephemerals in the Woodland Gardens

The gardens are alive with spring plants popping up everywhere, splashes of color in every hue jump out at every turn.  The Mertensia, Dicentra, Anenome, Trillium, Pulmonaria and Brunnera are real knock-outs right now!
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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)

Lungwort (Pulmonaria) 

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
It's almost mid April! How did that happen so fast? There are so many goings-on in my garden that I can hardly keep up with them all! I hope you are having some excitement in your garden, too;-)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ *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!
Words and photos ©Thanks for today.™, by Jan Huston Doble @ http://www.thanksfor2day.blogspot.com/
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21 comments:

  1. Oh, poor little Trillium. That's so sad! You're taking it much better than I would. Yes, lots is happening here in the garden now, too. Pretty soon it will be even harder to keep up with the blogging!

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  2. Ugh! Crimes against Trilliums should be punishable. I wonder who the perpetrator was? We have bunnies and deer, but they seem to leave ours alone (T. ovatum). Your bleeding hearts look lovely though, ours were eaten earlier this year. I blame the slugs :(

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  3. That's spectacular. I love those little additions to your garden - the frogs. They really light up the space.

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  4. This looks like something off of Martha Stewart's blog - she often posts these mystical looking photos of her woods. good job :-)

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  5. Spring has sprung in your neck of the woods. Your garden is filled with terrific spring delights. The Bluebells, Anemone, Buglose and Lungwort are just grogeous! What a shame about your Trillium!

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  6. Love them all! I just added Little Sweet Betsy in my garden. I am so sorry to hear about yours. Do you know what critter got to it? Mine other trilliums haven't been touched so far. Fingers crossed. Also really like the Brunnera. Reminds me of stained glass.

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  7. Pretty pictures Jan. My Virginia Blue Bells (which were sent to me by my mother in Wisconsin) didn't come up this year. :(

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  8. THIS is EXACTLY what I'm talking about in my blog today, Jan!!! Wildflowers and perennials and their simple beauty!!! ....we gotta talk...

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  9. Yes, hard to believe we are in Mid-April already. Time is flying by so quickly...

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  10. Think you're a fews weeks ahead of me. Glad to see your garden is so perky.

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  11. It is realy taking a spring spurt of growing in one day you can spot the different but its going to quik I think I want to enjoy longer
    greetings Jacky

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  12. So does your snowdrop anemone spread like wildfire? Mine was so bad that I finally pulled it out. Your garden is much more advanced than mine, but things are speeding up around here now, too. So fun.

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  13. Jan, Of course these are all my favorite plants. Beautiful photos. Carolyn

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  14. Oh those Virginia Bluebells!!!! Still trying to get some, had hoped they would have some at the native plant sale, must have sold out quickly.

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  15. Hi Jan, so sorry for the Trilium, it is promising a beautiful bloom! Your other blooms, photos and collages are lovely too.

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  16. Hi Jan..such a gorgeous post..these are all so spectacular and special in their own way..beautiful blooms..gorgeous photos! Wonderful as always!
    Kiki

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  17. Love the pictures--you're ahead of us and I'm enjoying seeing into our future through you!

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  18. What a lovely gifts grom the garden come spring after a long sleep.

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  19. Lovely shade plants. I added lungwort to my garden last year, so I am enjoying its first blooms this spring. Great photos!

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  20. Love all the ephemerals. Things are growing so fast. Every trip to the garden is a new adventure.

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  21. What a wonderful garden! I am following now - so I'll be able to keep up with how your garden grows.

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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