Here in my Northern Kentucky neighborhood, this is what the forsythia looks like at this time of year (assuming it's not snowing or anything...). Click to download a large version of this flowering forsythia hedge.
The fringetrees (Chionanthus virginicus) are in bloom down South and we'll see these delicate, fragrant flowers her up North in another couple of weeks or so. . This beauty is an American native and a great choice for woodland and wildlife plantings. Click here to download a large version (800x600) for your computer desktop.
The pygmy fringetree (Chionanthus pygmaeus) is a smaller version of the American fringtree (Chionanthus virginicus). The pygmy fringtree is on the Federal and State Endangered Species lists due to its localized and declining distribution in Ancient Scrub on Florida's Lake Wales Ridge. This one in Steve's yard has responded to a severe pruning two years ago. The pruning eliminated most above ground parts of the shrub, simulating a fire, which is a natural occurrence in the Florida scrub. The pygmy fringetree is just one of several species of scrub plants that are adapted to periodic fires. Click to download a large version (800x600) of this beautiful American native.
I love blue flowers and plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) has some of the bluest. Look for selections with flower color ranging from light baby blue to dark violet-blue. Click to download a large version (800x600) of this sky blue plumbago picture.
Visit the Wallpaper Browser page to see more than 1,500 larger format (800x600px) plant images. Links to these images are also present in the title area of each Plant Profile.
|Articles & Resources
Daffodils Mean Spring Is Here!.
A Visit to Huntington Gardens
Bruce Bohm sent us a mini-tour of Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, California. It's famous for its collection of cactus and other desert plants. Click here for menu of Bruce's other articles.
Visit Floridata's Resource and Articles page.
The lovely little violet is beloved as a garden plant by some and reviled as an invasive pest by others. The tasty little violet is also consumed in salads and sugared into flowery confections. Click here for more on this pretty little perennial that grows across a wide range of USDA Zones 3-9.
More spring wildflowers:
blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)
eastern North American pitcherplants (Sarracenia spp.)
Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica)
lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)
purple toadshade (Trillium underwoodii)
round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana)
Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)