Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Another Southern Trillium

Trillium underwoodii, the look-alike to Trillium decipiens, also grows very well in our garden (pictured above last April), despite being found in nature only in the tri-state area of Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. Because of its origin, it comes up astonishingly early here, when the ground is not even completely thawed; this would seem a recipe for disaster, but so far it has thrived. A distinguishing feature of this species is its short stature; the tips of the leaves almost touch the ground. The leaves are remarkably checkered with silver and different tones of green, and it stays attractive all through spring, with deep maroon flowers.
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You really are my hero. ;-) This fall, as I planted items, I realized you'd influenced me to plant snowdrops ('Galanthus Nivalis' is what I found), Hydrangea ("QuickFire" and "Pinky Winky" are what I chose), and hardy cyclamen. Thanks! :-)
After this winter, I hope I'm still your hero next spring!
I have been checking your blog daily for about 2 months now and I have determined that you and I love the same type of plants; woodland wildflowers and exotic plants, among others. I live in DeWitt, Iowa and wonder if my wife and I could come see your place in the spring when all the arisaemas, etc are up and in all their glory.
As this is my first entry I don't know how else to communicate about this.
Jon... you & W are, of course, welcome. Late April-late May would be the prime time for what you are interested in. Why don't you email me in April and we'll set something up? lizndon@mchsi.com
That will be great!
Jon... see you in the spring.
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