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Blechnum spicant – deer fern crozier

I think these things are cool, wonderful, beautiful!  The heart-shaped leaves in the background are disanthus cercidifolius, redbud hazel – one of my favorite plants.

Blechnum spicant - deer fern crozier

Blechnum spicant – deer fern crozier

Blechnum spicant - deer fern crozier

Blechnum spicant – deer fern crozier 750pw

Rheum emodii progression of first flower

I’ve had my rheum emodii (himalayan rhubarb) for quite a few years (2005?), but it didn’t get into the ground and find a permanent home until 2007.  I’d read that it would get big, but not as big as a gunnera, which I don’t have room for.  I’d also read that it pretty much dies back and disappears by mid summer.  So far, both of these things are true.

Since we don’t seem to be having much “spring weather” this year – that cold and rain thing seems to be predominating – perhaps the first flowering of my rheum is because of the weather. Or just because it is settling in. And considering the weather, I don’t know when mid summer will arrive here, so maybe it will stick around until September. I think it’s usually gone by mid-July.

These pictures show a progression of this year’s blossom, which is the first ever, and the gorgeous color and texture of the leaves. (See an earlier April picture here: http://nancystrahle.com/2011/04/29/10-early-spring-pictures-from-our-coolest-spring-on-record-%e2%80%93-part-2-the-purples). The largest leaf is about 20 inches wide and 24 inches long. The stalk is about 7 feet tall today, the blossoms getting more spindly as the stalk stretches out.

It will be fun to see how it develops as this season goes on. So far the leaves are far lusher and happier than other years. Despite their size, they are sort of delicate. You can see their great light transmission when photographed from behind.

13 Early Spring Pictures from Our Coolest Spring on Record – Part 4: The pinks

Some of the hellebores here were photographed in late February.  The other things are all captured in time on April 16th.

 Several years ago I made some bead adornments for the quince bush next to our front door.  That bush has been trimmed and pruned several times since them, but I have left the branch that holds the beads.  Colored copper wire was wrapped and coiled, magatamas were strung through some green glass beads from India.   The assemblages have held up very well over time, but the branches are now not growing any more.  Thought I’d photograph them for posterity – and they are fun to enjoy in April when the quince is in bloom!

9 Early Spring Pictures from Our Coolest Spring on Record – Part 3: Unfurling

Here are some more pictures of small unfurling and expanding things from April 16th in our garden.

10 Early Spring Pictures from Our Coolest Spring on Record – Part 2: The Purples

David has 36 tomato plants ready to get in the ground – all about 16 inches high and waiting for the weather to cooperate.  I don’t know where he plans on putting these things!  There isn’t room for all of them under the plastic tunnel…..