Let Me Tell You ’bout the Buds and the Leaves …
In early spring I spend a lot of time staring at the ground. Of course, I’m looking for the first flowers. But I’m also looking for the new foliage that proves a plant has broken out of winter dormancy.
For example, the blue-green leaves of Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), which appear tender but will shrug off even a hard frost.
And here are the early buds of the Peonies (please disregard those Creeping Charlie leaves nearby).
The Bleeding Hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) are starting to wake up as well. This is a White Bleeding heart, the pink ones emerge from the ground a deep red.
I love the foliage of Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), the new leaves look almost feathery.
The first leaves of Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) unfurl like closed fists opening into welcoming hands.
Most of my grasses are cool weather plants that won’t break dormancy for at least a month. My sedges, like these Long Beaked Sedge (Carex sprengelii), are ready to grow into a new season. Unfortunately, the rabbits keep nibbling them back down to the ground. I hope these malicious rodents move onto something else soon, because otherwise these sedges will never get over 2″ tall.
The green fingers of the Narcissi can be found in clumps around the garden. Here’s a flower that’s almost ready to open – I think this is ‘Tete a Tete’.
Another bulb preparing to bloom in the near future is Siberian Squill (Scilla sibirica).
If I lift my eyes from the ground I can see buds swelling all around me. These will open into white Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora) flowers.
A close look at the buds of Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) reveal a multitude of wavy parallel lines.
And the buds of Common Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) hold the promise of sweet fragrance in May.
I’m linking this post to Garden Bloggers Foliage Day, hosted by Christina of My Hesperides Garden. Follow the link to see more March foliage from gardens around the world.