Wednesday Vignette – anticipation and surprise

Things are beginning to emerge out there. Some are surprises, some are mysteries, and some I haven’t owned long enough to recognize. Let’s start with the surprise, shall we? I have a large clump of Podophyllum pleianthum growing behind my garage, near my reading corner. It has been there for years, and pretty much stayed in the same place. So, imagine my surprise, when I found several of it’s little mushroom-y offspring clear at the other end of the garden – securely lodged under my prized metallic black Hellebore that I have posted ad nauseam on Instagram lately. How the hell did it end up there, I wonder…? I don’t mind – it’s a fabulous plant. I’m tickled, but it puzzles me. Anyway, the result of this is that I probably have to unearth that über-cool Hellebore so I can gather all these little babies up and move them or give away to a more suitable home.

Aren’t they cute?

The one whose emerging, nearly fernlike scroll I didn’t recognize without looking at the tag, is the wonderful Anemonopsis macrophylla – a plant I first saw and lusted over in a Swedish garden magazine a couple of years ago. It is a woodland dream come true, and I’m so excited to see it!

Looks like an oddball cross between Swiss Chard and fern as it unfurls.

The last one has mystified me since I first saw its little purple clubs emerge out of the first fern table I built. First I thought it was some kind of Epimedium (I distinctly remember putting one of those in there too, somewhere), but I soon realized that the shoots were way too fleshy. Then, I briefly thought it was the beginnings of some kind of orchid – a lovely magenta one I bought last year. But no, that clearly wasn’t it, either. Anyway, I finally figured it out. It’s a Jeffersonia dubia, which will soon open up into absolutely adorable little blue flowers. UPDATE: I was wrong. It IS a Jeffersonia, but it’s not dubia. It’s J. diphylla!

The ‘Sunset Fern’ draped around it held up well this winter. But it looks as if I need to find some moss for those roots. The rain keeps washing off the soil – a protective mossy cover will help.

That’s it for this week. Who knows what kind of treasures will emerge next week when I’m not looking.

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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13 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – anticipation and surprise

  1. Lovely to see these all emerging

  2. Tina says:

    New plants emerging–there’s (almost) nothing more beautiful.

  3. Peter says:

    This time of year is full of delightful surprises. How exciting to see these emerging wonders!

  4. Fun surprises! That Anemonopsis macrophylla looks like a good one, and do you think maybe there’s any chance you planted those Podophyllum years ago and forgot about them? That your tending the spot with your black Hellebore perhaps stirred things up and they returned? Nah. Probably not. Lucky you!
    My WV:

  5. Alison says:

    Podophyllums (remember their common name is mayapple) produce fruit after they flower, and those fruits have seeds in them! The fruit probably ripened and fell off, then got eaten by ants who carried the seeds away to the other end of the garden, where they sprouted. The same thing has happened in my garden. You might not have to unearth the entire Hellebore to get those seedlings out, especially if you do it quick and pot them up or move them before they’re established.

    My WV is here:

    • annamadeit says:

      That sounds exceptionally logical, Alison. I will accept that as my new truth! And, don’t get me wrong – this is one of those plants that can spread as much as it likes, and I will probably just be grateful! 🙂

  6. Sometimes spring is like a scavenger hunt. I hope you have many more delightful discoveries as it warms up in the PNW. I haven’t found anything nearly as exotic but I did a brief spring survey myself this week:

  7. annamadeit says:

    Thanks Kris – I hope so too. I am currently biting my nails on behalf of a few super cool plants that haven’t yet gotten the good treatment they deserve. Watching and waiting. Hopefully they are more lenient with my ways than I suspect…

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