|Arum italicum Marmoratum|
On yet another dark and freezing cold spring day, it was a variety of leaves that stood out. The daffodils are fading fast and maybe that's why they all caught my eye on such a dark day. It was exciting to find a single Smyrnium as I've been trying to establish a small colony in the Woodland Border for a few years and it's taking ages. Still, there's only a single plant. I understand that these plants are a triennial and that once established, they'll be everywhere. I wish I could speed them up - we need their lime green colours in a shady border on a really dark day.
Also of interest is the highly poisonous Veratrum with its concertina-like leaves. These were a present and I can't wait for them to flower down in our Poison Patch. I understand that the sap was used by Indians on their arrow tips. Leaf well alone, I say!!
|Pulmonaria Blue Ensign|
|Epimedium perralchicum Frohnleiten|