1. Last week’s snow is now history. I hope I am safe saying that! You may recall these crocuses in their white element.
Well this is the new version from this week. It is fun to see colour, but the need to get into the soil is overpowering!
2. There are many more plants gearing up for a show. Have a peek at the Pasque flower photo (Pulsatilla) and one of a Ribes bush.
I believe this Pulsatilla is mauve. We shall see!
Long ago I visited Brewster Rogerson, renowned scholar of the genus Clematis and considered the American expert in this field until the time of his passing. At the time of one of my visits, Brewster was growing several pulsatillas and that is when I first heard they were related to Clematis! (https://github.com/Canadensys/vascan-data/issues/2627)
This ribes bush is a three year old stick and we are surprised to see a bud on it already. It is a white one.
3. I was excited to see the buds emerging on our new Parrotia tree. This is a relative of Hamamelis. But because we have recently endured on-again/off-again temperatures, the buds have not fully bloomed so far.
4. For me, the huge excitement has been the emerging Clematis. Some display their new leaves on their old stems only, others show new stems growing from the base. Others show nothing at all so far.
On the left you see new growth on an Atragene which blooms on last year’s new growth. This variety does not usually get pruned at all. The two clematis on the right are Group 3 Clematis, which means they have been hard pruned and have new growth coming from the ground. Others show both stem and base growth. If I want them to bloom high up, I don’t prune them very much at all.
5. The Hellebores continue to show off, despite the cool to cold weather. Here are a few more opening. (Yesterday I bought two more. It is an addiction of mine….)
6. And finally, a group of other plants now in bloom: Iris reticulata – planted last fall, Blue Hepatica, and Calluna getting started near our outdoor lantern.
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