March 4, 2022
It has been a very warm week here in Central Alabama with daytime highs reaching 80. The forecast is for several more days like this before some rain and cooler temps arrive in a week. We may get some freezing temps then. It is tempting to plant tender plants now but I am avoiding that action. I have potted up my tomatoes and peppers yesterday. I have some rudbeckia and daisies that I hope to pot up today.
Here is the Five for Friday.
This is a holly fern with the large fiddle head visible. This is part of a group of hollies at the entrance to the Mens Garden that was transplanted a year ago. They are very happy and sheltered enough that they have stayed green all winter.
This is a star magnolia. It is Magnolia stellata which is a native of Japan. The blooms are small in comparison to the massive Southern magnolia.
This is an early blooming azalea. I hope it doesn’t get stung by next week’s colder temps. I do not know the name of this variety.
This is Veronica prostata or prostrate speedwell. It is native to Europe and unlike its cousins, it forms a nice groundcover and is everygreen. This one is in an open area and may have to be transplanted. It is forming a slowly spreading mat of foliage.
This is Trillium cuneatum. It is a native to the eastern US. It will open up to a reddish tinted bloom. The trillium natives are spring ephemerals so after blooming, they will disappear until next spring. We are glad it hides out in the Mens Garden for the year.
The last two are a late blooming Camellia with an unknow name and a sedum. I believe this sedum is Autumn Joy.
Happy gardening and enjoy the weather wherever you are. Don’t forget to follow the Propagator. He is the inspiration for my blog.