Anenome pulsatilla finally makes an appearance May 5! Photo by Louise Peacock

More Spring Flowers!!

Better late than never …

For us, this Spring has definitely been colder than normal, and as a result, many of the usual suspects have been blooming later than usual.

The first image shows one of my all-time favorite early Spring flowers, the Anenome pulsatilla. We used to have several of these little gems, but this is the only one left.

On the left, blue flowered Brunnera, on the right, the more unusual — white flowered Brunnera. Photos by Louise Peacock

Brunnera, shown above, is very reminiscent of Forget-me-nots, which is a biennial plant. See photo below.

Forget-me-nots (Myosotis spp.) Photo by Louise Peacock

Brunnera is, however, a herbaceous perennial, which is perfect for a shaded or partially shaded area. It is also known as Siberian Bugloss.

Grape hyacinths putting in a late appearance. Photos by Louise Peacock

Grape Hyacinths are cheery little spring bulbs that naturalize very easily and fill in quickly. The only setback to them is that after flowering, they develop thick clumps of grassy leaves and tend to overwhelm other small plants in the same area.

Creeping Phlox on May 10. Photo by Louise Peacock

Creeping Phlox is a lovely plant for borders and rock gardens. Planted in clumps, it provides a big colour hit in late April to early May.

Virginia Blue Bells (Mertensia virginica). Photos by Bruce M. Walker (used with permission)

These gorgeous perennial plants provide an outstanding show in the early spring — usually late April to early May. One garden I care for has the entire back garden filled with them. They don’t last long, and the caveat is they spread like wildfire, forming deep-rooted, dense clumps. They can squeeze out other, less robust plants. They are hard to photograph because they hang down close to the ground. To get these shots, Bruce used a mirror under them and shot into the mirror, then rotated the shots to show them off.

Dark Darwins. First Tulips!!! May 14. Photo by Louise Peacock

Tulips are always a welcome Spring sight. These Darwins began to bloom on May 14, about two weeks later than usual.

Frittilaria. Tall, majestic and smells like a Skunk. Photo by Louise Peacock

The architectural and majestic Frittilaria imperiales are very showy and also serve the purpose of discouraging squirrels and rabbits from digging nearby. The reason is they emit a strong skunk smell. They come in yellow and orange. This year they were a week later than usual in showing colour.

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Louise Peacock

Louise Peacock

Louise Peacock is a writer, garden designer, Reiki practitioner, singer-songwriter & animal activist. Favorite insult “Eat cake & choke” On Medium since 2016.

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