Flowering Now - More Spring Flowers




The early bulbs have finished flowering, so the ones that aren't going to be saved for seed are being deadheaded. Seeds are already ripening on a couple of members of the buttercup family - hepaticas and Callianthemum for example - and will go in the fridge for the next seed distributions.
 
Two late-flowering members of this family are out now. Finally, after killing a couple of its predecessors, I have found a home where the soft pink Anemonella thalictroides is happy, sheltered by a large rock in the shade of a deciduous tree. Ranunculus parnassifolius is a dainty little plant suitable for a trough, and is raised fairly easily from seed, the fresher the better.







The Canadian bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis, is an eye-catching plant, especially in its sparkling white double form 'Multiplex'.
The flowers last a surprisingly long time although they look so fragile.


I also have both the single form and a selection named 'Amy'
which has a faint blush pink to the reverse of the petals,
but the flowers on both of these are much more fleeting.
The foliage develops as the flowers start to go over
and is very decorative in itself.




Two erythroniums next, the first was a purchase from the well-known Maple Glen garden in Southland, and is named 'Porcelain'. It rather resembles E. hendersonii in having a blackcurrant coloured splash in the centre but the anthers are a yellowish buff whereas they are purple in the true hendersonii.
The second came with the garden, and I think is probably 'Pagoda', with bright yellow flowers and rather shiny bright green leaves.













This next plant was rather a surprise; the label in the pot read Fritillaria tuntasia but the occupant proved to be the yellow-flowered form of Fritillaria affinis 'Sunray'. There are a couple of plants of the usual dark brown speckled forms in shady parts of the garden so this can go out to join them once the flowers are finished.

A tiny little fritillaria, F. crassifolia kurdica, will probably be transferred to a trough for safety once it has finished flowering. This potful was grown from seed and for once the seedlings are very much alike with little variation in colour and stature.
 


Staying with bulbs, here we have the last of the spring tulips. Tulipa batalinii is a dwarf plant, grown in full sun on a dry scree. The flowers are a lovely soft yellow. First time flowering from seed is Tulipa sprengeri, chosen because it is so late to flower thereby extending the tulip season, and because it is said to be easily grown even in shade. The flowers are a very elegant shape, and the petals a warm red with an orange-buff reverse. 


The dwarf bearded and larger border irises are just coming into their own. Here on a dry bank in full sun we have Iris hoogiana x korolkowii, a cross between two members of the Regelia section. This was given to me by the Southland Group as a thank-you for a talk I gave down there a couple of years ago, so has happy memories of the warm welcome I received. At the other end of the scale, and still protected in a pot, is the diminutive Iris suaveolens, again a gift from a friend. Huge flowers for the size of the plant, and a rather splendid bright blue beard on the falls!














Forming a neat mat on a raised bed is Globularia cordifolia (below). Not sure the specific name is correct as the leaves don't look in the least heart-shaped, but not to worry, the little blue fluffy flowers are pretty all the same.
Its neighbour in the same raised bed is one of the dwarf onions, only about 6 inches high, Allium akaka (left). Some of the onions can be thugs and seed themselves around as if to take over the world, but this is well-behaved. 
 



Oriental poppies do well here, of which the earliest is the brilliant orange-red  'Beauty of Livermere'. It has proved very long-lived, and associates well with purple or blue thistles such as Echinops.
Also enjoying our hot dry climate are the lewisias. This is L. nevadensis rosea; the parent plant still lives in a pot but a good number of offspring are planted out in a raised bed in full sun.
 
 

 More next month!
 
 
 
 






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