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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Additional Sunday happenings

I don't have the kind of garden that looks particularly good from a patio chair. To have fun with it, you have to get in there on your hands and knees, and you also have to ignore the lawn which is straight off the set of Malcolm in the Middle.

The most famous of the fritillaries (if you discount the imperials famously portrayed by Van Gogh) is the snake's head, Fritillaria meleagris. Comes in white also, but if you get a mix of the two colors, you usually end up with one or the other after a couple years. That's just the way of the world. 

This is the third time the spring I've mentioned the genus Cardamine. Don't look down your nose at it just because it's a crucifer and has 20% fewer petals that the usual flowering plant. This is C. trifolia, which is easy and has dark evergreen leaves. If it were in everyone's garden, I'd probably say ho-hum, as I do with honeylocust. But what a perfect plant for a border or accent.

I've not seen this in any other garden, but (unless I dreamt it) I read that this plant, Corydalis nobilis, is ubiquitous as a garden specimen in Sweden. But isn't that the nation where everyone watches Donald Duck cartoons on Christmas eve? 

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