Friday, April 6, 2012

Something Old, Something New

Boy, spring came on in a big hurry and then BAM- it came to a screeching halt. That's good news for gardeners who need to catch up. So, as we carry on with chores like pruning and raking, there's always time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Plant friends that is. Topping the old friend list is Helleborus. I know I go on and on about these perennials but, "Why not?"  Their colors are exquisite, the flowers arrive early and the plants remain evergreen all season. Our new friend is a fall planted bulb called Corydalis solida.  Fumewort in the encyclopedia, is a European that looks much like Dicentra but a month earlier. Let's see how this new kid measures up to mountaintop living. Got to go, no rest for the weary you know!

Corydalis silda
Helleborus Orientalis 'Winter Joy Bouquet'
Another Helleborus Orientalis

- Gartenmeister
p.s. Here’s a list of plant recommendations for Deer infested gardens- feel free to share!