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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hellebores and other things

note damage to flower on right
This hasn't been the best spring for your average hellebore. The late cold was a little too long and intense, and it shows in this picture of one of my favorites. It's hard to capture on film, but the green is electric. My memory tells me it is a species that I got from Heronswood years ago. Could it be H. cyclophyllus? One of the readers of this blog should know.

Also, here's a picture of a one of those Latvian Corydalis solida selections.  I'm waiting for it to buff up and spread around and give me new colors, but nothing much has happened in the many years since I acquired it.

Oooh, I received a sublime new catalog from Oikos Tree Crops in Kalamazoo today. Anyone want to go in on a private arboretum with me so we can grow some of their amazing oaks, pawpaws, buarnuts, trazels, and -- new for this year -- a 'less sting' stinging nettle.


  1. This is a May post and not an April post...but reading this, were you seeing the same punkiness with natives like trillium and bloodroot? Mine came up late and small and I lost several natives in the woods garden. This is the first in 20 years I've seen them like this.

  2. I didn't notice anything like that myself. Everything came up and is accounted for, far as I can tell. Hellebores were s.l.o.w and showed some damage.