The Easter bunny flower

For those of you celebrating – Happy Easter! For everyone else – enjoy ‘cause you got a long weekend anyway, and a pretext to eat more chocolate (eggs) is always good – then, you can go outside and do some gardening!

The snow has begun to recede even in my shaded part of the garden and what we should call maybe ‘the bunny-flower’ showed its fluffy stems through the soil. Pulsatilla vulgaris, native from central Europe, is commonly known as the pasque flower because it usually flowers around Easter time, sometimes in April or early May. It shows up with the lovely, silky, hairy foliage, followed shortly by large bell-shaped flowers, in shades of purple, white, red or even rose, depending on the variety. The plume-like fruit heads are also ornamental and last a long time.

Pulsatilla vulgaris - first leaf

Pulsatilla vulgaris – first leaf

Although a resilient and a long-lived garden plant, it is not seen in gardens as much as one would like. It is not very easy to propagate because it does not like to be disturbed (divided), so this is usually done by seeds, which need to be sown as soon as ripen and require light for germination. 

 And a few other flowering treasures from my Easter garden!

Eranthis hiemalis

Eranthis hyemalis (winter aconite), was the first to flower in my garden

Eranthis hiemalis with dwarf irises

Eranthis hyemalis with dwarf irises

Helleborus 'Cherry Blossom'

Helleborus ‘Cherry Blossom’ – saying ‘No more snow, please!’

Hepatica transsilvanica 'Buis'

Hepatica transsilvanica ‘Buis’ – a blue dream (Lost Horizons)

Primula x 'Stradbrook Dream'

and a purple one – Primula x ‘Stradbrook Dream’  (Wrightman Alpines)

 

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