Toronto snowdrops and epimedium emerge
With temperatures hitting the mid and upper teens (Celsius) this week in Toronto, it seems like bulbs and buds (makes for a nice landscaping company name) are in overdrive to open. We had so little snow this winter that it doesn't feel like we even had one. Not a typical Toronto winter but no complaints here!
Spring ephemerals are out and about and since I promised you last post that I would show some snowdrop pictures, well, here they are:
|A drift of snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)|
|Let the unfurling of the hellebores begin!|
Hellebores are getting ready too! Since my client wasn't home, I couldn't verify if this was Helleborus orientalis or x hybridus although I suppose it shouldn't matter. I cut away the diseased leaves from last year to expose the purplish emerging foliage and flowers. There are four clumps so this will be a nice show soon!
|Clumps of barrenwort (Epimedium grandiflorum) relatively|
unscathed from winter damage
I don't see barrenwort (Epimedium sp.) enough in other peoples' gardens so it's a treat to see them here. The leaves came through the winter without severe damage so I didn't prune them heavily. I poked around the base and saw buds protruding--a good sign for another successful Epimedium show.
Fun/silly fact: This genus is also called "horny goat weed" or "rowdy lamb herb."
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