the gates of hell

the gates of hell
The Gates of Hell

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Saint Valentine's Day in Hell

Not very hellish at the moment, actually, full of promise and new growth. So many gorgeous Hell-ebores blooming!
 And galanthus, and crocus. So excited about my very first snowdrop! It's tiny perfection!
 And heart-shaped leaves (Beesia deltophylla) and bright red leaves (Heuchera 'Fire Alarm') for the occasion!

Must, bid the Morn awake!
Sad Winter now declines,
Each bird doth choose a mate;
This day's Saint Valentine's.
- Michael Drayton

Friday, February 12, 2016

Alien sky eaters redux

The Himalayan lily bloomed and died last year, but the stalk remains ominous overhead (that's a 5 foot fence behind it), covered with alien sky eaters. I'm borrowing this perfect turn of phrase, coined by the Outlaw Gardener; also his close-up photos came out better, which you can see at the link. But at it's base, bulblets are growing. I'm hoping for new flower stalks in 2 or 3 years.