Monthly Archives: April 2014

Bloodroot season

When they appear depends on where you look. Two weeks ago, this small colony of Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) outside our living room window burst into bloom. It has a southern exposure and is protected by the ivy it grows in and by its closeness to the house.

Over the years, two more colonies have emerged about twenty feet from the large one outside the living room. They’re small but seem to be getting larger.


Out on the road, where the plants are in a  more exposed position, they come into flower about a week later and they don’t grow in a colony like this; the plants are mostly solitary.

I like to think my garden is a place where the Sanguinaria find refuge from the stress of life on a roadside grown busy with more traffic than they knew in days gone by.

Imitating New Zealand

Time and time again I drove past thousands of flowering Crocosmia on the roadsides of New Zealand, remarking to myself, “I’ll stop in a few miles and take a photo of this.” As a plant of South African origin, Crocosmia apparently loves Kiwi roadsides. I never stopped to take that picture, so the closest I can come is this Crocosmia planting pondside at the Christchurch Botanical Garden, strangely in the native plant section of that garden.

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