Saturday, April 20, 2013

Spring has Sprung- finally

Pansy volunteers overwintered

Ray and Jerry inspired me to pull out the camera and document spring in my yard. Yes, spring has finally sprung at my house.

Spring bulbs include daffodils and tulips.

Spring blooms are creeping phlox, Lithodora diffusa 'Grace Ward', candytuft (Iberis), volunteer pansies that overwintered and violets.
Candytuft (Iberis) and Lithodora
New this year is Virginia cowslip (Mertensia virginica).
Virginia cowslip (Mertensia virginica)
New growth coming up is cimicifuga, Joe Pye weed*, Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum pictum), purple turtlehead (Chelone).

*The Joe-Pye Weeds have been assigned to the genus Eupatoriadelphus to separate them from the Bonesets (Eupatorium). Some sources still refer to this species as Eupatorium. Jot a note in your reference books. The genus Eupatoriadelphus differs from the genus Eupatorium by whorled leaves, while Eupatorium has opposite leaves.
Cimicifuga and Turtlehead
Way too many seedlings of - I'm fairly certain - spotted jewelweed (Impatiens capensis). As an impatiens, will it be susceptible to downy mildew? I think not.

Jewelweed seedlings - lots & lots!

Cherry blossoms

We have our own cherry blossom festival!

And Wolfie has emerged from winter hibernation next to our fireplace to the big rock out front.

Learn more about some of these plants

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center: Turtlehead (Chelone)
Penn State Horticulture 101: Chelone
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center: Virginia
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center: Jewelweed
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center: Cimicifuga
(Black Snakeroot, Black Cohosh)
Penn State Horticulture 131: Cimicifuga
Penn State Hershey Medical Center: Black cohosh (Cimicifuga)
Penn State Horticulture 131: Japanese Painted Fern

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