March 20, 2015
Spring Green: Allium Rosettes
Rosettes of globe allium leaves are brightening the garden despite regular frosts at night. Above are 'Ambassador' leaves, which have a nice structural form. These were planted last fall, so I am especially excited to see the blooms for the first time. They are supposed to be a deeper purple and a little later to bloom than other globe alliums.
In the lower left corner of the photo above you can see 'Gladiator' allium leaves, with crocus leaves on the right and daylily shoots at the rear. The croci in this partly shady spot aren't even blooming yet, and the allium leaves are already well emerged. I suppose it would be nice if allium leaves stuck around for the blooming period, but it's also very nice to have such early green in the garden. The daylily leaves will be the base of this tall allium-which has already split into three for its second spring-when it blooms in May. Last year my 'Gladiator' alliums reached nearly five feet tall!
Meanwhile the 'Grand Maitre' croci in the front yard are finishing up their big burst of bloom. Just a few mini 'Tete-a-Tete' daffodils are blooming, and I don't know if the others are late to awaken or if they are not coming back this year. White windflowers (Anemone blanda 'Alba') are starting to open with little daisy-like flowers, and blue 'Spring Beauty' scilla are beginning to bloom as well. Tulip leaves are still small as you see above, but the tiny pink Tulipa humilis bulbs in the backyard are beginning to open now. Spring marches on!