Friday, March 28, 2014

Little Signs of Natives in My Garden

The native plants in my garden are finally beginning to wake up. Everything is much later than last year due to this unusually cold winter and prolonged colder temperatures. I thought I would show them in their current state, even though there are only a couple of plants with buds/blooms.
Mertensia virginica -- Virginia Bluebells -- are in various stages throughout the garden, with this one plant surpassing the rest in size

Sanguinaria canadensis -- Bloodroot -- this one has some buds but others haven't even broken ground yet

Erythronium americanum -- Trout Lily -- a tiny leaf has appeared in one of the plants

Asarum canadense -- Wild Ginger -- has made its way above the soil

Dicentra cuccularia -- Dutchman's Breeches --

Clintonia umbellulata -- Bead Lily -- has just a tiny sprout

Claytonia virginicia -- Spring Beauty -- starting to form tiny buds on a few plants

Iris cristata -- Dwarf-crested Iris --

Iris virginica -- Virginia Iris --

Aquilegia canadensis -- Wild Columbine --

Hepatica acutiloba -- Sharp-lobed Hepatica -- has buds

Hepatic nobilis -- Round-lobed Hepatica -- this plant has even has a few pink flowers that have opened

Trillium flexicalis -- Bent Trillium

Trillium recurvatum -- Bloody Butchar or Prairie Trillium --

Trillium sessile -- Red Trillium or Toadshade --

Trillium cuneatum -- Little Sweet Betsy --

Hypericum prolificum -- Shrubby St Johnswort -- is beginning to fill out

Dodecatheon meadia -- Shooting Star --

Tradescantia virginiana -- Spiderwort --

Anemone virginiana -- Thimbleweed --

Viola sororia -- Common Blue Violet --

Viola pedata -- Bird's Foot Violet --

Phlox divaricata -- Woodland Phlox --

Phlox paniculata -- Tall Garden Phlox --

Phlox pilosa -- Downy Phlox --

Zizea aurea -- Golden Alexanders --

Silene virginica -- Fire Pink -- is showing new green

Sisyrinchium angustifolium -- Blue-eyed Grass

Tiarella cordifolia -- Foam Flower -- showing some new leaf growth

Packera aurea -- Golden Ragwort or Golden Groundsel -- finally getting buds

Chrysogonum virginianum -- Green and Gold -- showing some new green

Polymonium caeruleum -- Jacob's Ladder --

I love to see the green growth popping up through the ground. It gives me hope that the plants will soon catch up with the actual 'date' and 'do their thing'! Hopefully they will explode with buds and blooms and I can photograph a rainbow of color very soon :)

Please join Gail @ Clay and Limestone for Wildflower Wednesday to what native plants other garden bloggers have posted about.

What gifts have you discovered today? Until next time,

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  1. Hi Jan, I'm eager to see how they grow. I have a few native perennials in my own garden, but I'd love to add more. I'm in Tidewater but occasionally drive through your neck of the woods. Where did you get yours and which are your favorites?

  2. Beautiful signs of what is on its way! I can't get over how many of the same plants we have in our gardens. My shooting star should be blooming sometime next week. Can't wait! Happy Spring Jan!

  3. You have so many great natives! And so well labelled too!

  4. Wow, Jan! You have lots coming up, and they will grow quickly once it warms up a bit. I may refer to this post when I have some things coming up that I'm not sure about. I poked around today, and my Virginia bluebells are not up yet. I'm thinking they weren't up yet this time last year, either.

    I remember you getting lots of native plants last season. I hope they all come up.

  5. I think the plants in my garden are just a little ahead of yours (judging by the few we have in common). Bloodroot looks interesting.

  6. Holy Moly Jan, in a few weeks (or less) your garden is going to be a wildflower paradise! cannot wait to see your posts! Glad you were able to show us these beginnings and that the snow is gone. Happy WW. gail

  7. Jan this is wonderful to many natives. The only one I have see is the columbine so far but we still have snow on most beds.

  8. You have an amazing collection of native ephemerals, Jan! So nice to see them poking through, and it must be especially encouraging after the tough winter. Thanks for sharing!

  9. It is such a joy to see life emerging in spring and in your garden. My columbine is peeking up through the soil hoping that there is no more snow.

  10. Hi Jan, it is exciting to see new growth coming up after a long winter. I admire that you have everything labeled. Your garden is full of promise, and it won't be long! Our spring was also delayed. Everything in my garden "exploded" this past week, as my husband puts it. My bloodroot, woodland phlox and fire pink are just coming up, even as yours are.

  11. As late in coming as your garden is, Jan, mine is further behind! Hellebores buds are tight but showing finally here in NJ (they are the first sign of life in my garden). Got lots of cleaning done today in the nice weather so all in all, a great start! Soon we'll miss the cool...haha! Lynn

  12. We have had a very mild Winter, so we saw many plants budding and pushing their way towards the sun earlier than usual.

  13. Jan, it's nice seeing what's popping up in your garden! Thank you also for your comment on my Facebook page about the shingles vaccine. It's difficult to work on my garden at the moment when moving around seems like too much exertion, this virus is painful. Just wanted to share my blog's new URL so you can update your reading list and side bar. Stop by when you have a chance. Have a great week! :)

  14. You have so many beautiful natives, Jan. Your summer garden is going to be stunning! I am impressed how you have labelled everything. I need to redo mine -- all the writing has faded. P. x

  15. Hi Jan, I see you haven't posted in quite awhile. That shows I've not been keeping up well. I post much less than I used to. I spend to much time on FB. Are you on there? I am Sue Dawson, in Nebraska. I hope you send me a friend request if you are. I want to get back into blogging at least once a month. When these plants come up again, I'd love to see more photos of them. How are they doing? I was tickled to see them, because I have a few things coming up that I'm not remembering the names of. I am not organized like you, with labels. I hope things are going well for you.


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