My search for late-winter, early-spring flowering plants has begun! Helleborus niger ‘Maximus’ (Christmas rose) in the Westview Terrace has fully opened buds. Even I can’t resist saying ‘finally!’
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Lady’ (Lenten Rose) in the Entry Garden also has fully opened blooms. This hellebore is usually one of, if not the first, to bloom. In previous years, ‘Blue Lady’ has flowered in February and March with a very long period of bloom.
Although Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ and H. x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ have either not set bud or already bloomed (Yes! ‘Arnold Promise’ did bloom in late fall.), Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’ (witch hazel) in the Arrival Courtyard will not disappoint visitors!
In my search for early-spring flowers, I looked under leaves…
…and spotted Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop) in the Demonstration Courtyard. We left all the leaves on the garden beds through the winter as a mulch.
Also lying under last year’s leaf mulch is Bergenia ciliata ‘Dumbo’ (fringed bergenia, elephant ears) in the Perennial Border, North.
Many of the spring heath, or heathers, on the banks of the Garden Hall Courtyard are budding, with a few opening over the last few days. Here, Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’ is covered in racemes of white flowers.