AS EXPECTED MARCH BRINGS SOMETHING NEW EACH DAY. Today the first of the trillium are showing off and more are breaking ground. These trillium are planted under two sixty (+) year old red cedar trees and may have been planted along with the trees by the previous owners of the property. They are interplanted with sword ferns (another nw native), slow to spread and are much like the ones found wild in northwest forests. I am not sure if they are grandiflorum or kamtschaticum cultivars. There are about two dozen and they slowly fade to purplish color. Anyway, they are another herald of spring that we look forward to seeing. Tom is especially partial to them.
Another sweet and dainty little late winter flower is Omphalodes cappodocia ‘Starry Eyes’. It is a slow spreader; at least in this garden. How can you not be happy looking at this? The overall height is not much more than 2-3 inches.
And the last photo for today is the first bloom of Runnuculus ficaria ‘Bronze Hussy’. Bright, brassy, yellow flowers above dark, purple-brown, heart shaped leaves. They are reputed to be a vigorous (synonym in the plant world for pest) spreader. But under the ‘bare feet’ of miscanthus sinensis (Maiden grass) they have slowly increased from 2 plants to about 5 over ten years! They would make a lovely early spring ground cover since they go dormant after a couple of months, not to be seen for another year.