|Scilla growing under a Sargent Crabapple |
at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA.
|Crocus tommasiniansus between Prairie Dropseed mounds.|
I decided to focus on the first three. Finding a source for these plants was not trivial, but after many hours on the internet I found a nursery in West Virginia that propagated their own natives: Sunshine Farm and Gardens. Also, they had all of the species I was after – one stop shopping!
|No bloom on this one.|
My best result, so far, has been with the Trout Lily, aka Dogtooth Violet, which began sprouting up in early April. At first it blended in with the early tulip foliage, but they distinguished themselves by the mottled coloration on the topside of the leaf. This coloration can be likened to that of a trout. (The backside of this leaf was a flat green, just like the tulip foliage.) A second plant, this one with a bloom, was initially more elusive, but certainly worth finding. Once opened, this small flower was hard to miss. this bloom lasted 7-10 days. As these were rather small bulbs when I put them in, I may have lost them amongst the Tulips in the leafy mulch that I used. These plants will spread by stolons, so if they are happy, I will eventually have a good sized patch.
|...two days later.|