Poof! It’s Mid-April

There were actually a lot of spring bulbs in bloom the day I took this: early and late crocuses, early and mid-season daffodils, grape hyacinths, hyacinths, Scilla, and snowdrops. It was really a bit of a jumble. The Dutchman’s breeches were breaking ground, too.

Other native spring ephemera waits a little longer. The hepatica comes with furry flower buds.

Hepatica comes up flower-bud first. Photographed on March 25, 2021.

The flowers are a little variable in color; this one has a nice amount of purple, and the leaves are definitely a liver color.

Hepatica in bloom. Photographed on April 3, 2021.

The rue anemone starts out as a deep red plant that is well camouflaged, except for the pink flowers, which quickly fade. If you look carefully at the turns in the edges of the leaves, you will see tiny droplets of water being forced out.

Rue anemone. Photographed on April 13, 2021.

Right next to the rue anemone, there is a swath of Dutchman’s breeches. The foliage starts out a dark blue-green and fades to a somewhat yellower green, before a hot day blasts them into dormancy.

Dutchman’s breeches early in the morning. Photographed on April 13, 2021.

The trillium are the last of our native spring ephemera to bloom in my garden.

Trillium in bloom. Photographed on April 20, 2021.

If you look carefully in this picture, you will see trout lilies at bottom edge, to the right of the Dutchman’s breeches foliage. At the top of the picture, there is a trillium with a flower bud that has a baby hepatica at its base. Ignore the pesky unplucked silver maple seedling to its left!