Let’s take a look at what is brewing in the garden, shall we?
The tiny emerging leaves of this little Epimedium ‘Bandit’ brought a smile to my face when I noticed it. When I stuck it in the first fern table I ever built, I wondered whether it was dead or alive. This morning, I got the answer. Gotta tell you – it made me ridiculously happy to see it!
Having in my possession a number of seemingly empty – or struggling – 4″ pots of former goodies, I built another fern table last week. The empty spots you see are actually not empty. They are just… dormant, shall we say? I realized when putting together this table that fern tables are to pot ghettos what soups are to refrigerator cleanings – a marvelous opportunity for putting together something unique with whatever you happen to have on hand. Even if I, over the time I’ve had them, have brought them to the brink of death – here is a chance to give them a spot in the limelight, where I can observe them up close. I’ve also found that gardening is a game of patience. Given enough time, there is still some life in some of those tiny roots, and one day, I just might be delighted – like with that little Bandit previously mentioned! Trust me – this will fill in, and look lusher with time.
You see that leafy marvel on the lower right? It’s a Scopolia carniolica – previously unknown to me. Often used as groundcover, it gets these most adorable little red bells that hang underneath those leaves. In my opinion, this is a plant best enjoyed up high, where you can see those cute little flowers.
The buds look almost black – I’m so excited to see them!
Slightly below the Scopolia on the same fern table, is a recovering Haquetia epipactis nestled next to Selaginella kraussiana ‘Brownii’. Can’t get enough of those green flowers. Next year, there’ll be more!
I always thought the lung-like leaves of Jeffersonia diphylla were so fun and weird, this one got a prime spot on my first fern table. In a post I wrote a few weeks ago, I thought this plant was J. dubia. Now that the leaves are up, I realize I was wrong. Sadly, I’m still looking for the whereabouts of J. dubia. Might it have gone to the inventory of the damned?
A week or so ago, it flowered!
This little vignette caught my eye from my second fern table – a cyclamen leaf that found a way through a crack in the rotting old log.
Some of my favorite signs of spring are the fuzzy spikes of the Shredded umbrella plant – this is Syneilesis palmata against the backdrop of a floppy Farfugium leaf. (It seems I need to cut that one back and mulch the crown of the Syneilesis.)
I noticed that last year’s foliage of Disporum cantoniense ‘Fat Boy’ has taken on this striated texture that I thought was kinda cool! Since I bought it, this plant has changed name, but for the life of me, I can’t remember what the new name is. To me, it will always be ‘Fat Boy’.
This is one of those plants I specifically bought to use in a fern table; Oxalis magellanica ‘Nelson’. It blooms with the most adorable little white flowers!
I have a rather large clump of Podophyllum pleianthum – the Chinese Mayapple. You can see it emerging here, along with the ever spreading Arisarum proboscideum – or Mouse Plant.
Here it has spread several feet to invade a little vignette consisting of Arisarum, Erythronium, and Adiantum venustum.
But these are the most travel happy of the Pods. They came up right around a black Hellebore, far away from the mother plant on the other end of the garden. They must have arrived as seeds, carried by some kind of animal. I know I didn’t plant one there. Tomorrow I’m going to try to dig one up for a friend. Not a moment too soon. Before long, if left to their own devices, they would be towering over that little Hellebore!