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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 30 in my garden

There are two times of the year when I most appreciate mayapple: when they first emerge as ghostly shrouds in the spring, and again in June when the fruit ripens -- eat them when they are at the softest and about to drop from the stem.

Another common native that is great for the woodland garden: dog-tooth violet or trout lily (Erythronium americanum). There is a white-flowered species, but it closes up before I get home from work to photograph it.

The inexpensive Fritillaria uva-vulpis unfortunately is among the least worthy for the garden. Oh, but it is easy to grow -- some keep returning despite being buried under a yard of leaf-mulch and moved repeatedly. It is the second frit to flower in the spring in my garden.

Since I hardly have time to take photographs, I certainly don't have time to figure out which species of Epimedium this one is -- it's the first and only species in flower today, but others are close behind. I think this is one of the very common selections available at your corner grocery.

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