Six on Saturday, 23 March 2019

With this post I’m joining a host of gardeners who post six things going on in their gardens on Saturdays.  The point is just that, to comment and provide photos on six things, usually plants, but not necessarily so, for as The Propagator and originator of the meme states, these things “could be anything. A success, a failure, a plan, a completed project, a feature, a favorite tool, anything at all”  (https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/ )

And here are my six for Saturday, 23 March 2019.

1. Spring Starflower (Ipheion uniflorum) is native to Argentina yet can be found in North America.  Given that it is not a wildflower native to Alabama, I have no idea how one lone plant appeared under a cedar tree in my garden.  Nevertheless, it is a lovely delicate flower, and I am delighted that it did appear–although photographing it on a windy day was a genuine challenge. .

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2. Wake Robin (Trillium sessile) is more abundant throughout the wooded part of the garden than it has ever been.  In fact, this year it has appeared among irises, day lilies, moss, in lawn areas, and in the shade and in the sun.

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3. Lenten Rose (Helleborus ×hybridus) far outpaces the trilliums when it comes to abundance, though.  This winter they appeared just about anywhere run-off rain could have carried their seeds.  And, the blooming has been going on for weeks.  Ranging from rose-purple, to white, to lime the flowers have been a welcomed bright spot in an unusually rainy late winter grayness.

Lenten Rose

4. Wild Ginger  (Hexastylis shuttleworthii), an evergreen perennial native to Alabama, is putting out fresh new leaves right now.  At its base, the flowers are just beginning to appear, but to see them, you really have to look for them.

5. Variegated Solomon Seal (Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’) grows well among ferns and day lilies on this small hill in partial shade.  The particular plant pictured below is ahead of the dozens of other pants that range from two to five inch spears jutting up from the ground today.  It will be another four to six weeks before any of them are likely to bloom.

Solomon seal

6. Alabama Snow-Wreath (Neviusia alabamensis), although native to the Southeastern United States, is reported to exist only in scattered populations and is considered to be under a conservation risk.  Discovered along Alabama’s Black Warrior River in 1857, the deciduous shrub replicates apparently only by suckering; seed production from the plant has not be observed.  The single sprig I was fortunate to receive over a decade ago has grown slowly, sending out another seven slender stalks about three feet tall over that time. The delicate blooms, though, are stunningly bright against the bright new green leaves.  I consider it a bit of a treasure in the garden.  That is why I selected it as the featured image for this post.

Alabama snow wreath

I want to thank Tony Tomeo, tonytomeo.com, for introducing me to Six on Saturday.

 

 

13 Replies to “Six on Saturday, 23 March 2019”

  1. Thanks for these lovely Spring photos! You inspire me! My Lenten rose did not reappear this year. I don’t know what happened. 😢. But I see the Solomon’s seal breaking through.

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  2. And this is why six on Saturday is a brilliant meme! I love seeing totally new plants and that Alabama Snow Wreath is one such plant! What a pretty plant and interesting that it doesn’t produce seeds!

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  3. I love the Snow-wreath. I’ve not heard of it before, such pretty flowers. I wonder if the ipheion has blown in from a neighbour. They are popular in gardens in the Uk so someone near you might have them in their garden

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  4. Welcome to the SoS club. We are all a bunch of nosy folk, peering over each other’s garden wall. What is so interesting is the range of plants to discover (which results in a long list of plant wishes), and folk are very helpful with ID and problems. Ipheion uniflorum are lovely bulbs and flower for ages. I have a pot of white ones which has been in flower for over a month now so if you find some in the garden centre in autumn then buy them and plant them under that tree. Your Alabama Snow Wreath is very pretty.

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  5. I did?! Well, you are welcome. It is fun, but can be addictive.
    Spring starflower grows wild here, but I think it is naturalized. Some describe it as a native, but those are the same who describe the naturalized species of Eucalyptus as native, just because it has been here for so long. We have our own versions of wake robin, wild ginger and Solomon’s seal.

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  6. All shots of trillium are always appreciated. I am absolutely fascinated by these plants–but I have had little luck getting the store-bought plants to survive one season to another. Is there something I am doing wrong? Any hints for encouraging them to “naturalize” and spread? Or am I chasing a pipe dream?

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