Spring in Central Indiana

J.E. Shields jshields104@insightbb.com
Tue, 12 Apr 2005 08:32:26 PDT
Hi all,

There are loads of Narcissi in bloom all over the place. Many Narcissus 
bulbs received new from Dave Karnstadt last year are in bloom here for the 
first time. I like them all!

Narcissus calcicola is in bloom in the rock garden. One lone surviving N. 
assoanus is also in flower there.

Bellevalia pycnantha is sending up nice blue buds, and Scilla rosenii is in 
bloom. Iris magnifica -- my one surviving plant from three planted several 
years ago -- is in bloom. It looks like it is starting to increase a bit, 
too. Chinodoxa saundersii is in bloom.

Lots of Trillium coming up and a few buds showing, but the T. nivale are 
finished blooming and the rest have not opened yet. The new growth includes 
TT. recurvatum, sessile, and cunneatum in bud, with T. grandiflorum 
starting to come up and the barest tips of T. flexipes showing above ground.

Claytonia virginica and Dicentra cucullaria are in full flower now. Some 
yellow Erythronium americanum are starting to open. Corydalis solida is 
blooming and Primula vulgaris is in flower. Anemone blanda 'White Supreme' 
is blooming.

One Fritillaria thunbergii (?) is in bloom. The lone survivor from a batch 
of a couple dozen bulbs of various Chinese Frits obtained several years 
ago. Commercial bulbs of Fritillaria pallidiflora are in bud, as is one 
seedling plant of F. pallidiflora. Frit. crassifolia kurdica from Jane 
McGary are up in the rock garden and again in bud. Last year they set lots 
of seeds, which I scattered around the main clump.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92             WWW:   http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
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