We should really tear ourselves away from the Tulips out front and catch up on what’s happening in the Back Garden. For most of the year this is the shady part of the garden, but to date the tall trees have just barely started to leaf out.
Right now the Celandine Poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum) are blooming their hearts out. They’ve taken over the whole corner that sits between the back of the garage and the west side of the back porch.
Some people look down on this native wildflower because it is so prolific in the wild, and even more so in the garden. But how can you not love those four-part golden flowers and the deeply-lobed, blue-gray leaves? Celandine Poppy gets ratty over the summer, but I wouldn’t call it a spring ephemeral. It will rebloom and put on fresh leaves in the fall.
Great Merrybells (Uvularia grandiflora) is another of my favorite spring-blooming natives. With sufficient moisture, it makes a nice groundcover that lasts all season long. It tends to bloom before fully leafing out.
I love the drooping flowers with long, twisting tepals. Great Merrybells is a wonderful common name (there are others for this plant, but I ignore them). It sounds like something out of Chaucer.
And here was a nice surprise: Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) survives the winter nicely in a pot with no special coddling. Basically it sits in a container without drainage holes, and that keeps it happy enough.
Meantime, the foliage of the Lenten Roses (Helleborus orientalis) have filled out nicely.
Oh, I should mention that the plastic netting continues to protect the Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica). As for the scare cat, it’s too soon to say.
The ‘Autumn Brilliance’ Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora) seems unusually full of flowers this spring.
This afternoon Judy was inspired to make a May Day wreath with flowers from the garden. Nice, isn’t it?
A happy and floriferous May Day to you all!