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Old 05-02-2013, 01:24 PM   #51
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Spring is definitely here.

I have celandine (woodland) poppies, which self sow readily, Virginia bluebells, which have spread significantly in two years, and Eastern blue phlox along the walkway up to my porch. They all bloom about the same time and it is a spectacular combination. I think of yellow and blue as the colors of fall flowers, asters and goldenrods, but they are definitely early spring colors as well. Phacelia needs more moisture than I have or I would add it - I agree that a seed mix with all of these would be great.

Atamasco lily, NC Wildflower of the year a couple of years ago
What's Blooming Now 2013-atamasco-lily-blooming-april-21-2013.jpg

Azalea, snowbird (a hybrid, not completely native, but small and very fragrant, fits my space well)
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Bleeding hearts, Dicentra exima,
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Blue star, Amsonia taebermontana
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Painted buckeye, A. sylvatica
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:31 PM   #52
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A few more.

Sweetshrub blooms apparently are much more fragrant when it is warm. Women in the south used to take the blossoms and place them under clothing against their skin as a perfume in the olden days. Mine don't have much scent with or without warming - if you are going to plant one, choose your specimen in the spring while it is in bloom to verify the quality and quantity of scent. The wildtype ones have the red-maroon flowers, though you can by cultivars with white or yellow.
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My pitcher plants are blooming.
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Likewise, Little brown jug, Hexastylis arifolia
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Phlox, sublata
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Jacobs ladder
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:57 PM   #53
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beautiful pixs turttle, is that a dragon or dinosaur in your phlox, sublata? It is easy to see why NC voted the Atamasco flower of the year, at one time!

I'm undecided whether my phlox is divariacata or stolonifera, I know this: the deer seem to eat it!

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Old 05-02-2013, 07:05 PM   #54
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My pitcher plants are blooming.
Ooooo, turtle!! Your pitcher plants are GORGEOUS!


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I'm undecided whether my phlox is divariacata or stolonifera, I know this: the deer seem to eat it!
Yea, ww, I'm not sure now, either. The leaves from your first photo look different than these last ones.

Here's a phlox from me. The Phlox divaricata around here are almost always blue. But then I stumbled upon this one growing at the edge of a gravel road.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:08 PM   #55
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Love that mix as well MILTA, I'm trying to create something like that with celandine poppy, woodland phlox, Virginia bluebells, Bowman's root, wild geranium and ferns. They were just planted last year so I'm hoping and waiting.

I'm excited to have common Amsonia here now too turttle. I just planted it this spring. I planted A. hubrichtii last year, it's native just to the west of us (Arkansas) but I saw it in a garden here and it was so amazing in a part shade garden.

The pitcher plant bloom is gorgeous.

I like the Phlox subulata among the rocks. I don't know why it took me so long to utilize this plant, it's a great spring bloomer and I love Phlox anyway. Again it's new to me this year. I kinda went crazy with it in the terraces but what's better than stone and moss phlox?
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Oh, and I know I've already talked about dogwoods, but we're into our third week of bloom here and they are still so beautiful. This one I took looking out my bedroom window. The blooms look soft and fragile after a day and a half of rain. Soon it will rain white with petals.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:24 PM   #57
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ww - I'm leaning toward Phlox divaricata on your plant ID. P. stolonifera doesn't live west of the Mississippi and especially with the new photos woodland phlox is what I'd wager.
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Nice dogwood blooms Linrose ty for the confirmation on the Phlox. Ty Dapjwy for the first ID post, Phlox divaricata sounds right. Tyty everyone else to helped confirm the ID. Anyway maybe I can get some seed gathered from these for a future 'bulk seed mix' than I want to create for my place. It seems when I yank/dig up some johnson grass, or other invasive plants, it would be good to have some bulk seed to throw in the hole. At least that is 'part of the plan' for now.

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Bleeding hearts, Dicentra exima,
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Actually that's the nonnative Bleeding Heart, Lamprocapnos spectabilis. I used to think it was native too, but it's not. They are prettier than the natives though and are a more perfect heart shape.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:59 AM   #60
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Spring arrived for me too and.... I didn't even notice until this morning when I was out walking around. I was working last week and then I was gone for the weekend and didn't get home till after dark last night so lemme tell you.... what a difference a week of nice warm weather makes!!! I spotted my dodecatheon and seriously... every where I look I'm seeing buds swelling and new growth!!! Oh HAPPY DANCE that spring is finally here!!!
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