|H. macrophylla 'Blushing Bride' (leaf buds)|
I can certainly understand why, if bud break occurs so easily when temperatures warm slightly. Of the two newly planted 'Blushing Bride' specimens in the garden, the one that has shown some bud break this week is sited in direct morning sun. The specimen planted in the shade of the garage is holding its buds more tightly.
We have at least three more months with the possibility of severe frost, so I hope that the rest of the leaf buds don't follow suit and open too soon. I'm looking forward to the foliage and flower show that 'Blushing Bride' promises, and stunted or killed buds aren't going to support a bright future for this plant in my garden.
|H. macrophylla 'Blushing Bride' (flower bud shrouded in last year's leaf)|
Maybe the rest of the buds will take their cue from this terminal flower bud and stay under cover for the rest of winter.
|Cercis canadensis (seed pod)|
|Hylotelephium 'Matrona' (dried seed head)|
My curiosity did motivate me, however, to crush a few of the dried flowers to see what was inside the capsules. It sure looked like seed to me. So when a perennial is considered sterile, does that mean it produces seed, but that seed is not viable?
That will be a question to answer in a future installment of 52 Weeks in the Garden. Until then, it's time to get ready for what NOAA is forecasting as a major snow/ice event headed our way in the next 48 hours. Whether I'm writing about ice damage or snow drifts next week remains to be seen.