at last, a new beginning: first bloom of 2010

eranthis-2010IT’S OFFICIAL: A NEW GARDEN SEASON IS UNDER WAY. Or so the winter aconite, Eranthis hyemalis, told me today, once the fast-receding snow finally let it speak up. My official sentinel of spring, whom I have mentioned before, has reported for duty. Hallelujah.

  1. LiriopePIsces says:

    I suppose I was led astray by “Down the Garden Path”…I was sure that I would see winter aconite before March, but it’s been the same two years running in my zone 5b garden. Mine hasn’t bloomed yet, but it’s characteristic ruff is up. Spring is really here!

  2. Amy says:

    Lovely! Hallelujah indeed. We made it through another winter!! Looking forward to seeing photographs of your lovely corydalis solida and reading about where the plants turn up this year.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Sandy. I don’t call it a buttercup, but you’re right, it’s in the same family, the Ranunculaceae. And “Yeah!” is right, thanks. It’s beginning to look like we’ve turned the corner. Hope to see you soon again.

  3. Helen says:

    Margaret, are you familiar with British author Beverley Nichols? If not, you must read him. He is brilliantly acerbic and opinionated about all things garden, yet when he loved a plant, he loved it. Here is what he had to say about winter aconite:

    Of all the winter flowers I know none is braver nor more trustworthy than the winter aconite. You simply cannot keep it down. I believe that if you asked it it would come up on an iceberg. In fact, in my garden, it almost did, because once I planted some aconites under a tree and very shortly afterwards the ground was flooded. Then a frost came along, and the ice remained under the tree for weeks. And in spite of this, the aconites came up and actually had the impudence to flower under the ice.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Belen. We are twins (well, at least our gardens are twins though not at this very moment). :) Thanks for your visit and link, and hope to see you soon again. Here’s to sunshine in all forms.

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