Six on Saturday: March 10, 2018

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!IMG_20180303_145550B


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! (

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.IMG_20180306_145247B.jpgRibes


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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3 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: March 10, 2018

  1. So encouraging, seeing the life in your gardens Marie! I learned something new! I did not know that Pulsatilla were related to Clematis! I will be curious to see what the Parrotia blooms look like when they have fully opened. A sublime tree for sure! And who could possibly resist the allure of bloom laden Helleborus blooms at a nursery! Well done!

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  2. Now that the snow has melted, we can see the difference in your garden! Some lovely hidden things have appeared …I’m waiting to see the red flowering of the parrotia tree now …


  3. Gorgeous hepatica and iris reticulate! I’m with you with clematis shoots – they are so fluffy and determined! That kind of makes sense now you say it about clematis being related to pulsatilla!


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