GardenWeek Virtual Visits February 14, 2000

Editor's Journal: Stonecrop

What a difference a month makes. After some bitter cold days, near zero degree nights, and a few snowfalls, It is starting to look a lot more like an old fashioned winter than it did in January. Many Hellebores and other plants that could survive the winter outdoors, are instead flourishing and blooming earlier by being in the Pit House where they are protected from the severest of the winter--an excellent idea. More plants are getting interesting in the Alpine House and, of course, the Conservatory is a wonderful retreat with its tender exotics in bloom. Continue.

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The Metasequoia glyptostroboides trees now appear to be growing out of the snow.
Across the Pond to the Metasequoia Grove
The Cliff Garden in the Snow
And the boulders of the Cliff Garden are covered with patches of snow.
The pond is now covered with ice and snow and the Salix alba subsp vitellina 'Britzensis' shines on brightly.
Cercidiphyllum and Salix
Cercidiphyllum and Salix
A favorite view of Stonecrop--the Salix on the left and Cercidiphyllum japonicum f. pendulum on the right-- now with snow at their feet.
Many of the boulders have their tops covered with snow and their sides still exposed.
The Flintstone Bridge With Snow
Gunnera Protected for the Winter
The snow adds an additional layer of insulation for the well boxed Gunnera resting until spring.
The Christmas Rose, a member of the Ranunculaceae family native to Central and Southern Europe and Western Asia, is just one of many Hellebores blooming in the protection of the Pit House.
Helleborus niger
Helleborus orientalis 'Trotters Spotted'
Another distinctive Hellebore from Greece and Asia Minor blooming in the Pit House.
A Snowdrop, a member of the Amaryllidaceae family native to the eastern Mediterranean region. The genus is from "gala" meaning milk, and "anthos" meaning flower.
Galanthus 'Robin Hood'
Galanthus 'Lady Beatrix Stanley'
A distinctively different double Galanthus--named after the lucky Lady Beatrix Stanley.
An early Narcissus with funnel shaped flowers.
Narcissus bulbocodium romieuxii
Arabis ferdinandi coburgii "Old Gold"
A member of the Cruciferae family from Macedonia, this cultivar gets its name from its golden foliage.
This distinctively patterned Arum leafs out in the fall, and rather than have its foliage damaged by the winter, it is protected in the Pit House. A member of the Araceae family native to England through southeastern Europe.
Arum italicum 'Pictum'
Hermodactylus tuberosus
Widow Iris--this blue and green flowering plant is the only species of the genus and is a member of the Iridaceae family.
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