Wednesday, April 24, 2013
More Spring Ephemerals
Woodland Phlox, Phlox divaricata, started flowering too. I think this is actually a cultivar of it I picked up somewhere, because usually their flowers are more blue than purple. I actually started Phlox from seed indoors and was amazed how easily they germinated, and then how easily I forgot to water them on week and now I'm down to one.
Round Leaf Ragwort, Senecio obovatus, I originally started with two or three of these and now they've spread out into an okay sized ground cover. This is one of those shade plants that will grow in dry conditions and you can't believe how brilliant and yellow they are. I've seen honeybees visit them but more often flies and smaller sorts of bees visit them.
Wild Bleeding Heart, Dicentra eximia, I'd bought years ago but they didn't over winter right. So I'm trying them out again. This species actually flowers all summer long though the majority of the blooms happen in the spring time. They're distributed by ants too so hopefully they establish and grow well.