the sunniest of bulbs: eranthis hyemalis
I AM ALWAYS RELIEVED TO SEE THE WINTER ACONITE, Eranthis hyemalis, welcome the honeybees in early spring; happy for both of these harbingers to be with me once again. The sunny-yellow Eranthis flowers (like the gradually opening hellebores nearby, with their even-larger nectaries) are real bee magnets. This little bulb (it’s technically a tuber) can be “hard to establish” but is well worth coaxing into a state of cooperation, as I seem to have finally done in a widening self-sown drift. Read more about how in my post from one year ago this week, updated with new photos.