First Flowers of Spring: Snow Drops, Witch Hazel and Aconites
Spring is peaking out from under the fallen oak leaves here at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens. I took a little walk around Taltree and looked at the Welcome Gardens and Pavilion Garden today. It’s the first time I walked around like a visitor. Well, not quite like a visitor, I had a species list in hand and in the back of my mind I was noting things that will need work sooner rather than later.
In just about every bed I found the earliest spring blooms.
Witch Hazel (shown above) is one of my favorites. This is Witch Hazel ‘Superba’ (Hamamelis mollis). It has such beautiful sunset colors and it has a spicy fragrance.
Around the pavilion yellow buds of aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) are poised to open. One more warm day and we’ll have sunny little flowers.
The last spring ephemeral I came across was this cluster of snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) .