Thursday, March 11, 2010

Winter aconites

These little charmers have had a loyal following among gardeners for centuries. There is something very appealing about their bright greenish-yellow color, a color which seems to harmonize especially well with the warm browns of the leaf litter.
I don't understand why, but the winter aconites here are always late. There is another garden within walking distance of the house where they grow in profusion - and those plants always beat mine into bloom.
Winter aconites seem to have no serious pests or diseases. Rodents don't bother them, and once established they get better every year.
The best way to get started with them is to look for a source of fresh seed. The seed ripens here in late April, either the third or fourth week of the month. Be ready: it's gone in a flash.

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