The perky little charmer above is winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), the earliest of the spring-flowering bulbs to bring joy to my garden. It tries to beat the witch hazels ‘Diane’ and ‘Arnold Promise’ to be the first to make a February bow, and sometimes the poor little thing (it’s only about three inches, or 7 1/2 centimetres, high) has to shove aside a blanket of snow to make its presence known. Maybe that’s why so many people overlook it.
Why is it that the toughest and most dependable plants are often ignored? Continue reading