It’s already Sunday across the Atlantic where the host of “Six on Saturday” lives, but it’s still Saturday evening here. I guess it isn’t too late to participate. And regardless of whether it’s Saturday or Sunday where you live, you can still head over to The Propagator’s blog to see his Six and links to those of other participants.
It’s still well below freezing most nights, but there are tentative signs of life in the garden…
1. Cyclamen coum
Cyclamen coum isn’t as vigorous and well adapted to our climate as C. hederifolium, but a couple of tiny plants are hanging on under the pines. Every year, they bloom in the dead of winter, and every year I almost step on them.
2. Helleborus niger (Christmas rose)
The foliage of Helleborus niger has been flattened by the snow and cold, but at least it isn’t hiding the flowers on their very short stems. Some people trim off the old leaves of hellebores just before they bloom. That would certainly make the flowers of this species more visible, but I worry that removing leaves from a slow-growing evergreen species would be detrimental.
3. Lonicera fragrantissima (Winter honeysuckle)
The flowers of Lonicera fragrantissima certainly aren’t spectacular, but the fragrance is absolutely wonderful. I planted a row of the shrubs at the top of our driveway, at the northwestern edge of our property, so the prevailing west winds of winter spread the perfume down towards our front door. I’d be quite proud of myself if it wasn’t completely fortuitous. The direction of winter breezes was the furthest thing from my mind when I was deciding where to plant them.
L. fragrantissima is frequently found on lists of invasive plants, but luckily I very rarely see any fruit and have never found a volunteer seedling. All of my plants are a single clone, and I wonder if they are not very self-compatible.
4. Epidendrum stamfordianum
In my greenhouse, this pretty little central American orchid is blooming for the first time. It is still a fairly small seedling, so I expect to see longer inflorescence with more flowers in subsequent years.
5. Rauhia decora
This is the first year that my Rauhia decora bulb has produced two leaves instead of just one, so I am cautiously optimistic that it may be approaching blooming size. If it doesn’t bloom this year, then maybe in 2019.
6. Pachypodium brevicaule
I can see inflorescences starting on several of the spring-blooming Pachypodiums, but P. brevicaule is always the first to flower.