Gathering aspidistra seed

Aspidistra seed pod harvestI spent the weekend enjoying winter garden clean-up and moving a few plants around. This time of year, the garden is like an Easter egg hunt, with treasures popping through the ground everywhere you look.

I was thrilled to discover a huge crop of aspidistra seed, which we’ll plant shortly.  Most folks move through the garden too quickly to see the seed pods, which nestle at ground level.

 

 

 

New hellebores for sale with some quantity discounts…while they last

Helleborus x hybridus Red Sapphire (E OByrne)In case you aren’t on our email list, we just added a large number of new hellebores to the website, including some quantity discounts where supplies allow. FYI, the photo above is Helleborus x hybridus ‘Red Sapphire’. Once these are gone, that’s all the hellebores we’ll have for the rest of the year!

 

Lonely heloniopsis

Heloniopsis orientalis Purple Sprite in flowerOne of the first plants to flower in the moist woodland are the lovely heloniopsis.  Here’s Heloniopsis orientalis ‘Purple Sprite’ in flower today.  Heloniopsis was a former member of the giant Lily family, until the great taxonomic breakup moved it into the Melanthiaceae family.  The easy-to-grow Heloniopsis (Zone 5a-8b) are a great way to add a touch of color to the late winter garden…add moist soil, and voila!

 

 

 

Jumping Jacks

Arisaema thunbergii unfurling

 

The Jack-in-the-pulpits are finally making an appearance at Juniper Level.  Here’s Arisaema thunbergii in the garden today looking quite enthralling. Arisaema thunbergii is one of the easiest jacks to grow and one that multiplies quite well in the garden.  Because arisaemas take several years from seed to flower, when the current flowering-size stock is gone, it won’t be available again until next spring.

 

 

Iris unguicularis ‘Mary Bernard’

IrIris unguicularis Mary Bernard flower

Iris unguicularis ‘Mary Bernard’ is looking quite lovely in the garden today. We like to snip back the foliage in early March, so we can really enjoy the sweetly fragrant flowers!  We’re offering five distinct selections of winter iris this year. Winter hardy through Zone 6.