up and running: 7 charming perennials
THEY’RE OFF! OR SO IT SEEMS. IT’S A HORSE-RACE-TURNED-ROCKET-LAUNCH this time of year, with the spring vetchling (above), Lathyrus vernus, going neck-and-neck with my treasured oddball called Hylomecon japonicum. Say hello to the little flashy speed-demons I’m hanging out with this week:
PULMONARIA RUBRA has been at it for weeks here. No variegation in its leaves, like many of the showier lungworts (as pulmonarias are called) have, but hey, red’s pretty special in early spring, isn’t it?
PACHYSANDRA PROCUMBENS, the American species (above), is blooming now, too. Forgive the weeds among its flowers in the photo…much cleanup to do here, but didn’t want to miss this sweetie’s little bottlebrush blooms.
PRIMULA VERIS (above) is always my first primrose to get going. Sweet and subtle, and available in many colors (I have the palest yellow and also a reddish one, as shown). There are others ahead, like P. kisoana and P. japonica, but not yet.
Hold your horses. The race is just beginning. Try to stay calm!