A Gardening Journal


Pink-leaved Chestnut

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Five days from the first picture of April 19, and we've had some warmth and (just as important) a serious rain.  It takes a lot of water to inflate the large leaves.  And—who knows?—maybe it takes some special energy to turn them pink too.

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Bulbine

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In a cool greenhouse meant only for overwintering everything from the Summer gardens, mere survival is the only goal.  It's a special treat when some plants can't resist bursting in bloom anyway.  

 

Like these yellow flower sprays that share their clunky name, surely, with a hand-on-hip sassy-mouthed Southern domestic from a Myra Loy movie of the Thirties:  Bulbine.  "Bul-BEAN"....

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Purple Butterbur

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Every April, strange almost alien green eggs appear atop the gravel at the shady side of the driveway.  When they open up into spheres of countless cream flowers here, they don't look much less alien.  In fact, they look more like the compound insect-like eyes of some unknowable but intensely-observant Other than actual flowers.  

 

Well, let 'em look.

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Pink-leaved Chestnut

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It's Spring, and things move fast:  Excitement might be afoot Tuesday but gone by Saturday.  And you won't want to miss it.

 

Certainly not this plant, the pink-leaved chestnut.  You read right.  Pink.  Look closer:

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