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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Bloomberg daily garden report

The winds and the rain are keeping people inside, but the garden plants keep coming. The speciment on the left looks much like the fritillaria I posted yesterday, but this one is easier, taller and not as elegant. It is Fritillaria uva-vulpis (translation: fox-grape). I planted some in an area that I later converted to lawn and they still come up every spring despite their annual beheading.

Another corydalis, this one with fern-like leaves. It gently seeds around, usually positioning itself attractively at the base of a rock. Such vanity. Corydalis cheilanthifolia. Did you know you can click on these pictures to get a closer view?

Another form of Anemone nemorosa. Makes a big clump in no time but stays put. Piece of cake. Come visit and take some. In fact take some corydalis also. I got lots of things to share and would love some visitors.

Hopefully someone will correct me if I am wrong about the identity of this very early-flowering pasque-flower, which I am guessing, based on an intensive 30-second search on the internet, is the alpine pasque-flower, Pulsatilla alpina.

And for spookiness, here is a Disporum beginning to open up. I got this one from the late Fred Case, and I will likely remember its identity sometime tomorrow. Trust me, it turns into something beautiful.

I've never done well with this unusual umbellifer, Hacquetia epipactis (no common name that I know of). It grows and persists --  maybe it even seeds around a little bit because now I have five clumps, which I have moved around in hopes of finding a perfect spot for it. But I think it would do better in the richer soil of Burns Park. The flowers are tiny, clustered in bunches that are surrounded by bright green bracts -- a cross between flowering dogwood and a carrot.  

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