Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bloom Day In The Deep Forest

A day late, but not a flower short for April's Bloom Day. The spring gardening frenzy has begun. The clients are calling with their gardy do lists and I am too wore out to type some nights.

You'll be seeing more regular kind garden blooms for the next six months during the time of vegetation, so for this Bloom Day I headed into the deep forest for the short show of the spring ephemerals.

Dicentra cucullaria, Dutchman's Breeches, has spread over a large area of the garden becoming. My mind could be playing tricks on me, but in the past this was harder to find.

It was Dicentra canadensis, Squirrel Corn, that had been more common and more prolific. On this Bloom Day I had to go hunting to find some of this among all the Dutchman's Breeches.

One of my new trilliums prepares to bloom. I introduced three new species of trilliums last spring. They of course promptly disappeared and I have waited a full year to see if they would return. They all came up. Yay!

A forest full of the four species of trilliums already here are waking up in force. If the temperatures stay this warm, they could be blooming in another week. In another month I plan to move some of the species not in the garden becoming over here.

I think I counted around six or seven species of violets here at one time. This yellow Viola cordifolia maybe, is one of the first to bloom. It isn't in my book and I don't feel like searching it's proper name out right now, but the cordifolia rings a bell.

The Anemone acutiloba are already finishing up in this warm spring we are now having.

While Melanthium latifolium, Bunch Flower, rises up from the tree litter on the deep forest floor

I might as well move some anemone over to the garden becoming when I move the trilliums. Only a tiny ridge line that is now my driveway separates the two. Strange how some things can be profuse in the deep forest and scarce 100 feet away.

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis, has a good foothold in the garden becoming, but it wouldn't hurt to add more. There's plenty all over the place.

Next door in the not so deep forest, the Corydalis behaves just like the short lived spring ephemerals. It blooms before the bigger things have a chance to get growing, then fades away in the background and disappears.

Yes there are daffodils. How could there not be. But without a doubt this has been the worst Bulbapaloozathon since I arrived in North Carolina. The bloom has been pitiful. Now that the clients are calling I am hearing the same lamentation, "My daffodils didn't bloom well at all this year." Good to know it wasn't just us.

This is only act one in the long blooming season ahead. Much is yet to come. We will forget about the crappy daffodils in no time.

Bloom Day Central at May Dreams Gardens is sure to have links to better daffodil displays if you are feeling cheated. I think the flowers of the deep forest are equally thrilling.


Heaven Scent said...

Beautiful Christopher! Thanks for sharing!!!

Heaven Scent said...

Beautiful Christopher! Thanks for sharing!!!

Lola said...

Thanks tons. It is all so pretty. I remember a lot of them from being on top while we were there.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your garden has awakened with a blast. How exciting. Happy GBBD.

Lea said...

Very pretty!
Love wildflowers!
Have a wonderful day!
Lea's Menagerie

Helen said...

It makes it all the more interesting now that I can picture your idyllic setting.

Mel said...

Love the woodland beauties. Up north in Illinois, this is the worst bloom year for the daffodils in a decade. The crocus seem unfazed but the daffodils are sparse and stunted. I can only think our extended drought did this?
Thanks for sharing with us.