Early Spring Blooming Plants – Part 1

I visited the Bartlett Arboretum in mid-April and had a ball looking at early spring blooming plants.  Below are some pictures from my visit.

Cornell Pink Rhododendron (Rhododendron mucronulatum ‘Cornell Pink’)

Cornell Pink Rhododendron (Rhododendron mucronulatum 'Cornell Pink')
Cornell Pink Rhododendron was in full bloom. Cornell Pink is a deciduous rhododendron and blooms before foliage emerges.
Cornell Pink Rhododendron (Rhododendron mucronulatum 'Cornell Pink')
A close up of Cornell Pink Rhododendron flowers.

Winter Hazel (Corylopsis pauciflora)

Winter Hazel (Corylopsis pauciflora)
Winter Hazel in full bloom. I’ve never planted it but I like the compact habit and bright yellow blooms in early-spring.
Winter Hazel (Corylopsis pauciflora) Flowers
Winter Hazel flowers aren’t big but there’s enough of them to catch your eye.

Lenten Rose Sp. (Helleborus sp.)

Lenten Rose - Helleborus Species
The Lenten Rose was in full bloom. You can see last years foliage under the flowers. If you have Lenten Rose you can prune the foliage back in early winter once it goes dormant or early spring. There’s no harm if you don’t cut back last years foliage before bloom.

Star Magnololia (Magnolia Stellata)

Star Magnolia - Magnolia Stellata
Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous.
Star Magnolia Flowers Magnolia Stellata flowers
Because they flower so early Star Magnolia blooms are often damaged by frost. These blooms are as good as it gets for Star Magnolia.

More pictures from my visit coming soon.


Wetland Plants of CT

Every year Cub Scout Pack 170 cleans up Edmund Road in Newtown, CT.  It’s our Earth Day conservation project.  My son and I spent an hour one Saturday morning picking up garbage and admiring flora.  Truth be told I was the only one admiring the flora.

We cleaned up litter on a Saturday.  I was so impressed by the beauty of nature I returned Monday, April 27th 2015 to take pictures.

Edmund Road runs along interstate 84 and cuts straight through a swamp.  There’s a large stream on one side of the road and standing water on the other.

Sanguinaria canadensis habitat 1920 x 1080
At the back of the photo you can see the stream.  In the foreground bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is just coming into bloom.

The plants were growing just up from the edge of the water in partial shade and humusy soil.

It was worth the return trip.

Connecticut Wetland Plants

Sanguinaria canadensis close 1920 X 1080
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis) coming into bloom. Once the weeds around these plants fill in you won’t even know they’re there.
Sanguinaria canadensis Scale 1920 x 1080
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis) for scale.
Erythronium americanum 1920 x 1080
Trout lily (Erythronium americanum ) in full bloom. For a week or two in the early spring it lights up the landscape.
Erythronium americanum Close 1920 X 1080
If you don’t look for Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum ) you might miss it.
Trillium erectum 1920 x 1080
Red trillium (Trillium erectum) coming into bloom. Look how red those flowers are!
Trillium erectum close 1920 x 1080
Red Trillium (Trillium erectum) up close and personal.
Lindera benzoin close 1920 x 1080
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) in full bloom.

My childhood home has a small stream and the far side is covered with spicebush.  I can still smell the spice when you crushed the leaves or broke the brittle twigs.

Lindera benzoin Midrange 1920 x 1080
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) a little farther away.
Lindera benzoin Habit 1920 x 1080
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) growing above the stream. You can see skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) growing on the other side.

Across the street from my childhood home is a large swamp.  A friend and I would go to the swamp and beat the skunk cabbage with sticks because it’s a “Bad” plant.  The more we hit the stinkier it got.  I’d like to apologize to all those poor skunk cabbage plants.  I didn’t know any better.

Thanks for joining me.